Artist: Gloria Petyarre
Title: Big Medicine Leaves
Size: 183 x 119 cm + border
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing her work will be provided.
The collecting of bush medicine leaves has long been a part of traditional Aboriginal life and culture and is part of the secret world of women’s’ business. Leaves from many different plants are collected and stored for medicinal uses.
Women from the Anmatyerre region gather the leaves to be used in traditional bush medicines. The leaves are boiled and mashed with animal fats (emu or kangaroo) making a medicinal pot paste which can last for many months. The paste is then applied to the skin to heal a multitude of afflictions such as bites, wounds, skin infections, rashes, skin cancer and the like. The leaves are also steeped in hot water to make an infusion or healing tea. Bush Medicine Leaves also is used to treat Headaches, Coughs, Colds, Fevers, Diarrhoea, Wounds Aches, and Pains Stings, Sore Eyes, and Toothache. There is a great variety of medicine leaves and plants that are used.