Gukwonderuk (Wotjobaluk) or Old Man's Weed (Centipeda cunninghamii)
Kathrine Clarke (b.1988)
My Mum was diagnosed with lupus a few years ago. Lupus is known as the imitator of other health disorders and can trigger problems with various organs and areas of the body. If a healthy lifestyle, medical observation and treatment are not maintained, your body and organs can be at risk of becoming weak, deteriorating or shutting down entirely. For my Mum, lupus has affected her heart and bones, so as a way of helping her bones build strength she uses Old Man’s Weed as a tonic in her tea twice a day, three times a week. It’s usually used for colds and coughs and chest infections, but, being a natural restorative plant, it can assist in strengthening the immune system and mobility.
© Kathrine Clarke
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