New to mainstream consumption, and one of many undiscovered superfoods of the Australian coast, Lore Australia’s Gurạdji (pronounced ‘ger-ra-je’) is available as an herbal infusion, or tisane. It can be brewed hot or cold to provide a caffeine-free boost to your health and wellbeing.
A plant grown in the Australian bush, Gurạdji had many uses for indigenous peoples. The plant’s leaves, rich in bio compounds that boast a range of health benefits, were chewed to relieve toothache, steeped in water and sipped to relieve pain or nausea, and made into a paste that was applied to wounds or injuries to reduce inflammation and help in the healing process.
Lore Australia founder Jesse Gurugirr first learned of the plant from his Aboriginal relatives, who passed it along from generation to generation. “The plant gets its name from the wise ‘Guradji Men’ that once dispensed the leaf. They were the holders of knowledge, tradition and rules: The lore,” he said. “Gurạdji was shared as a way to welcome others and create a sense of community between clans.”
After extensively researching the best way to make Gurạdji available to consumers for the first time, Lore Australia hopes to connect people back to the history and tradition of Australian land with Gurạdji tisane. “Australia is full of bio-foods that were a natural part of an ancient, healthy diet for thousands and thousands of years,” he explains. “Indigenous Australians used to eat well over 200 different types of local and seasonal food sources weekly, which is in stark contrast to the average diet today.”
While Gurạdji is not an instant fix or miracle cure, it is packed with a range of compounds that, when taken regularly as part of a holistic approach to health, can have long-term benefits.