For millennia the indigenous tribes on the eastern coast of Australia used the berries of the humble Geebung tree (Persoonia Pinifolia) as a natural antibiotic. Recently a local tribe member contracted a golden staph infection while in hospital and was successfully cured with the juice of the berry.
A study by Macleod, Rasmussen and Willis in 1997 indeed confirmed that the berry ‘shows intense broad- spectrum antimicrobial activity’.
For twenty years no further research has been undertaken on the plant. In light of the increasing incidence of antibiotic resistance, it is important to undertake research on alternatives. After lobbying and with the support of our local member of parliament we are pleased to announce that the University of Newcastle will undertake an extensive study on the plant and isolate its active components.
Results will not be available until the end of the year as the berries ripen Oct/Nov. We will keep you informed.
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