Pat “Mamanyjun” Torres, a Djugun-Jabirr Jabirr-Yawuru Elder and founder of Mayi Harvests, shares a herbal remedy, featuring djilanydjin/jilungin, an elusive native ingredient

People in search of a remedy for poor sleep should consider a traditional herbal remedy, aptly named “sleepy” tea, which features djilanydjin/jilungin as its key ingredient, says Pat. 

jilunginpexels-ruvim-1807011-3622517.jpg“Djilanydjin/jilungin only grows wild in remote parts of north Kimberley,” she says. “The plant’s leaves are picked, sun dried and then prepared in a herbal tea infusion that is perfect for de-stressing and detoxifying. You take it 30 minutes before you go to bed, to help you relax before you go to sleep. jilunginpexels-ketut-subiyanto-4546117.jpg

“You’ll find that you experience a deeper, more restful night of sleep. Djilanydjin/jilungin is high in antioxidants, higher than the Kakadu plum, and it also has anti-inflammatory properties.” 

This premium native botanical is very challenging to wild harvest. Permission and permits have to be sought to enter different Aboriginal countries where the elusive plant is grown, and harvesting, drying and sorting is incredibly time-consuming and labour-intensive. 

“It’s not like going to the supermarkets and pulling a packet of tea of the shelves,” says Pat. “This remedy is hand-made, from start to finish; there are no machines involved.”

To order your supply of “sleepy tea” from Mayi Harvests, click here.

Photography credits: Cottonbro Studio, Ketut Subiyanto, & Ruvim.


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