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Brendan Yunupingu: Today many of our people shop here for food, for medicines off the shelf, and go to the clinic if we are very sick. But back in the old days, when we lived in the bush, things were different. My people have lived off the land for 40,000 years and the bush is our natural pharmacy.
Aggie: Brown Plum – Boil Remedy: You boil the leaves for half an hour. When the leaves are soft you wrap the leaves on the boil.
Brendan: My sister Aggie learned all about bush medicines from our parents.
Aggie: I was 10 when I learned about bush medicine. When my kids get sick I use our bush medicine.
Green Plum – Tooth Ache Remedy: If you don’t like going to the dentist, use this green plum. See this white stuff, scrape it off, and put it on your tooth.
And I’m looking for all the bush medicine to find good bush medicine for our children and make all the children back to normal. Yeah, this is my father’s homeland.
Brendan Yunupingu: My little daughter Marcia has a terrible cough so Aggie was looking for this plant.
Aggie: White Flower – Cough Remedy: Crush and boil the leaves and pour them into the bath. When it’s cooled bath the baby.
Brendan: I couldn’t wait to give my little daughter Marcia a bush medicine bath. Bush medicine’s keeping the community strong. From Galiwin’ku, see you next time.