Kōtukutuku: Be yourself/Freedom



kōtukutuku embodies grace and mana, kōtukutuku is beneficial when we experience that we are not being valued and when we forget to value another


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.



New Zealand Tree Fuchsia
Fuchsia excorticata

Essence: Connection through gratitude. Harmony through understanding our separation. Valuing our own and each other’s contribution towards the whole of a project or building of culture.

Use: Kōtukutuku is beneficial when we experience that we are not being valued and when we forget to value another.

Description: Excorticata is Latin for peeling bark. The bark is light coloured, sometimes almost red in colour, and is fibrous and stringy. The flower of kōtukutuku is beautiful; it has a combination of magenta hues to mauve, blues and violet. Its pollen is an intense pure blue; the flowers are pollinated by the tūī and bellbird. It is one of the few deciduous trees in New Zealand. It grows from sea level up to about 1,000 m, particularly alongside creeks and rivers. Kōtukutuku are easily recognized by the characteristic appearance of their bark, which peels spontaneously, hanging in red papery strips to show a pale wood underneath. The edible fruit in Māori is kōnini, and the name is sometimes given to the tree as well. European settlers used the berries to make jam and puddings.

Meaning: Kōtukutuku embodies grace and mana. It allows tension to drop, particularly where there is constriction of the self within relationships. There is a discovery of one’s mana, an inner confidence. Through playfulness, you can free yourself from the social strictures that have been put on you. It aids in handling and being present to grief, particularly where loss causes us to discard ourselves.
A threshold is the strip of wood or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed when entering a house or room. Sometimes in nature we experience such a threshold as if we are crossing from one room to another. I notice when taking kōtukutuku I become more attuned when crossing these subtle thresholds; it brings insight into the different qualities of energy in places.
This kōtukutuku remedy brings awareness to where our ego has become unbalanced and has become detrimental to our relationships. It enables discipline to occur in a natural way. Kōtukutuku helps us to recognize and respect each aspect that contributes to our life. This respect reflects back to us in the form of beauty and grace in our life.