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THE HEALING TREE TR6152
Indigenous Australians used desert bloodwood trees for traditional medicine. The exudate from the trunk or branches was diluted and used as an antiseptic treatment of facial cuts and sores. Larger leaves were also valuable for staunching wounds. The red bark kino can be stripped from the tree and mixed in water, then consumed for diarrhoea, indigestion and chest pain. Indigenous peoples also used the wood from the tree to make spear-throwers, dig bowls and carry vessels. An interesting comparison is that Europeans used the wood to make fence-posts, joists, slabs, and buildings for firewood.