Bush Medicine Leaves (Grn & Blue) - JULIE-ANN PEPPERILL : Ti Tree Aboriginal Art SIZE: 68 cm X 90 cm
ARTISTS: Julie-Ann Pepperill
REGION: Ti Tree/Amnatjere Central Desert region
TITLE: Bush Medicine Leaves
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
The Bush Medicine Leaves Dreaming healing knowledge story is a popular theme series of the many women from the central Australia.
Bush medicine leaves - the aromatic turpentine antiseptic variety depicted in this painting - are used for relieving colds, flus, breathing issues and such. It is most often boiled and the resin used in various ways including inhalation or mixed with kangaroo fat and rubbed onto aching bones and sores. The leaves can also be used to wrap around infected wounds to keep clean and reduce pain using natural made string and bark to hold it on. The plant contains antiseptic properties and smells similar to eucalyptus and mixed herbs. It is still used widely today and also features in modern healing or cleansing mainstream gatherings such as premises smokings.