Kotukutuku: Be yourself/Freedom



Puts you in touch with the childlike freedom of having nothing to gain but the present moment. To express yourself and search for nothing.


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.


Kotukutuku, Fuchsia Excorticata

Physical Attributes

Excorticata is Latin for peeling bark. The bark is light coloured, sometimes almost red. It is also fibrous and stringy. The flower of kotukutuku is beautiful. It has a combination of magenta hues, mauve, blue and violet. Its pollen is an intense pure blue. The colour of the flowers reflects the iridescence of the tui, the plant’s pollinator. The tree grows easily from a cutting and is considered to be the world’s largest fuchsia. It is one of the few deciduous trees in New Zealand. It grows anywhere from sea level up to about 1,000 m, but is found particularly alongside creeks and rivers. Kotukutuku are easily recognised by their characteristic bark, which peels spontaneously, hanging in red papery strips to reveal a pale under bark. Kotukutuku appears to be one of the possum’s preferred food sources and they will browse individual trees to the point of complete defoliation and the trees will die. Maori called the edible fruit konini and the name is sometimes given to the tree. European settlers used the berries to make jam and puddings.

The Essence

Connection with grace and mana. Free yourself from social constrictions

Key words: Element water, masculine, rainbow, wisdom, grace, playful, skilful, mind.

Kotukutuku embodies grace and knowing ones heritage. Grace can be playful, timeless, unafraid, knowing only its source, available through the rough, the ready and the skilful. Taking this essence will help emotional tension to drop, particularly where there is constriction of the self within our relationships. Kotukutuku helps us discover our Mana, a knowing of ourselves. It helps us stay in our own space, retaining who we are. Through playfulness we can free ourselves from the social strictures that have been placed on us. Kotukutuku embodies the beauty of the rainbow, celebration through cleansing and it gives the ability to handle and be present with grief, particularly in the case of heartbreak. It is a helpful remedy if you are experiencing signs of a psychic attack. It offers protection through the rainbow itself, but, more importantly it also enables us to step out of the field of the attackers awareness and this sometimes is the best way to find recovery.

grace arrives
in sudden delicate beauty
the poet is messy
uneven talk and lost words
they stop writing and drink wine
in the face of a rainbow

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