Karamū: Courage and Strength



Expands your horizons and gives you space to be in the world again.


Lasavia Essences are the gift of vitality of plants, minerals and insects delivered to you with the utmost care.  The resolve of Lasavia is to deliver to you Elemental Healing through the introduction of an Essence into your being.  We suggest you put a few drops in water, drink and take a moment to be inspired by the qualities of the Essence that you have chosen.


Karamū, Coprosma Robusta

Physical Attributes

Karamū is part of the Coprosma family, meaning that it is dioecious – the male and female flowers are found on separate plants. It has domatia, pits on the underside of the leaves at the junction of the midrib and main veins. It also has stipules, triangular appendages at the base of each leaf node, opposite leaves or branches. Karamū is in the coffee family and the early settlers used seeds from to make coffee. The fruit is sweet with the seed giving a slightly bitter after taste. Karamū is widely distributed throughout New Zealand, and its fruit are a valuable food source for birds. It prefers the forest margins, as it won’t thrive in the shade. Bellbirds, tui, silvereyes, blackbirds and thrushes disperse the seed.

The Essence

Realising what nourishes us and growing our creativity.

Key words: sun, masculine, fire, heart, nourishment, warrior, resilience, creativity.

Karamū is a remedy that helps us access our creative source and supports the expression of our creativity. Tough, rough and resilient, it enables us to keep growing through difficult circumstances. It’s a sun loving plant, and helps lift depression. Karamū is helpful when our minds are obsessing over detail. It has an expansive quality, allowing us to experience space when we may feel closed in or entrapped. Its rough nature is also light and nourishing, expanding your field of awareness while also anchoring us in the real world. It is a confirming remedy that helps us to stay on track.

Karamū is a fun loving rascal that steps out and gets to the heart of things by surprising us. A heart chakra essence, it works from the heart downward, moving towards the solar plexus, where it can help in accessing stagnant and old emotions. It can help those who feel overwhelmed by obstacles, making us aware of how we may cling onto such obstacles. Karamū can affect us through our posture, and will helps those of us who are sunken over the chest area, shoulders hunched, or simply those who are holding their breath often. This remedy is the remedy of entitlement, the ability to be ourselves despite the obstacles we face.

Karamū is an excellent remedy to take when we need to focus on a project that that has an array of varying pieces to it. It’s also helpful when we are dealing with differing opinions and advice from others, and are confused as to what direction to take. I visualize this essence like an arrow released from a bow, swift and directed motion. In taking this essence look at the foundation. My personal name for this remedy is ‘the fuck off’ remedy as it has the ability to cut through the crap so that we can get on with what’s important.

stands fierce
acutely aware
and then melts into summer
celebrates with rich berries and joyful head
drinking in warm sun, cadmium red wide open
moments later he is squatting watchful
He touches your heart and then your throat
and stands back wary of you as if to test your metre.

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