The Akeyulerre Healing centre in Alice Springs was set up by the Akeyulerre Elders and members of the Arrernte community. The centre promotes traditional cultural practices integral to the wellbeing of the community. The centre aims to protect and strengthen the expertise and ability of Aboriginal people to address the many problems facing their community.
The vision of the community is to heal people together. Akeyulerre facilitates traditional practices such as ceremonies and the sharing of culture through song, story and dance and connects community members with traditional healers, with bush medicines, bush foods, and each other.
It also provides health and community education and family support. Women who visit the centre also make and distribute traditional bush rubs and balms in the Arrernte community. In 2000, Interrentye Body Products was formed as a community enterprise initiative of the Akeyulerre Healing Centre where young women can gain skills and experience in running a small business. The women who make the natural bush balms and rubs now are sharing their traditional products with the wider community.
The products are all handmade from natural ingredients. The plants for the products are prepared using traditional grinding methods and instead of using animal fats (which was the traditional ingredient) Interrentye use olive, macadamia and soya bean oils as well as beeswax in their products.
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