Some bush foods, medicines & crafts


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Some useful bush tips from Wangaar Wuri in Guugu Yimithirr country outside Cooktown, Tropical North Queensland.

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Some bush foods, medicines & crafts

  1. 1. Some bush foods,medicines & craftsGuurrbi Tours, Cooktown
  2. 2. Guraarr – Cocky AppleYou can use this fortreating burns, woundsand headaches.Guraarr also acts as afishing aid. The sap has atoxin which stops fishbreathing and bringsthem to the surface.
  3. 3. BabathaBloodwood TreeThe sap has antisepticproperties and is a greathealing agent. You caneither apply the groundcrystals directly, or make acream with water.
  4. 4. Bingin - Morton Bay AshThe bark is a guaranteedcure for toothache. Butbe warned - it works sowell because it makesyour tooth fall out!
  5. 5. BulgulThis termite mound was used for cookingduring the wet season.
  6. 6. BulgulThe black termite mound is useful too, as itacts like a mosquito coil when burned.
  7. 7. Bungga – Grass TreeThis is a really useful tree. Parts of it areedible, and witchetty grubs may be found inthe trunk.
  8. 8. Bungga-gaHere’s an edible grubs from the grass tree.
  9. 9. The resin from the grass tree is useful too.
  10. 10. Grass tree resin is used in spear-making, andalso acts as an insect repellent.
  11. 11. Cluster figsThese are tasty and act as an anti-diuretic whichhelps wounds to heal. The sap can also beapplied directly on an infection.
  12. 12. Wunha from the Nonda tree taste like a soft,fluffy apple.
  13. 13. Yangga – Green AntsThese have manymedicinal uses and arestill used widely today,especially for coughs andcolds.
  14. 14. Nhirrbunh – Black Currant makes a veryrefreshing drink.
  15. 15. Gaanha – HopwoodThis is the tree we get our yam sticks from, fordigging up yams.
  16. 16. Jiral Jiral – Randia is really sweet to eat andtastes a bit like guava.
  17. 17. Bathuurr – Zamia Palm has nuts which are verytoxic, but when treated can be made into flour.
  18. 18. Buthaya – Red Lady Apple has a slightly bitterflavour.
  19. 19. Red Ash or Soap BushThe leaves of the soap bush make great bushsoap when crushed with water.
  20. 20. Gabagar – Red BeechThe pips from the fruit are edible and very tasty.
  21. 21. Gabagar – Red BeechThe leaf can be made into a drink ladle or afood wrap.
  22. 22. Bayjin – Lomandra GrassThis is the strong leafused for makingdillybags, string and rope.
  23. 23. Lomandra roots used for dying dillybags abrilliant red.
  24. 24. BayjiA dillybag made from thelomandra grass.
  25. 25. Wanhthaal-bi ngayu!We look forward to seeing you!