In 1770, Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy set down at Botany Bay, Australia landing near to present day Sydney.
From there, he traveled north through the coastal regions of New South Wales.
As the tea tree oil leaves fell into the waters of the surrounding lagoons they created waters that today are still considered magical healing waters.
The local inhabitants (aborigines) told him about the healing powers of these trees. The leaves of this tea tree were used for many years by the indigenous peoples of Australia. The Australian aboriginal people used tea tree leaves to treat cuts and wounds.
During World War II, an outbreak of foot-fungus became so bad that they had to hospitalize hundreds of Australian soldiers. Nothing seemed to work. One day, a medic who was an aborigine from Australia, remembered about the Tea Tree and got some of the essential oil(pure).
The doctors coated the effected soldier’s feet with the pungent smelling oil, and the fungus was killed within a few days! Tea tree oil was so effective as a basic antiseptic, that in World War II soldiers were issued a bottle along with their first aid kit. They found it effective on all sorts of cuts, burns, scratches, and infections.
Nowadays, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) as it was called by Captain Cook, is used as a medicinal agent for cuts, burns, bites, and a host of skin ailments.
Tea Tree is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the tree found only in Australia and Tasmania. Some of its main chemical constituents are terpinene-4-ol, cineol, pinene, and terpenes.
Tea tree is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral essential oil with the added capability of also being a powerful immuno-stimulant. For those individuals who are immune compromised or are slow to recover from illnesses, this oil is a valuable addition to any regular regime. It is invaluable for colds, flu and infectious illnesses and, when used at the first sign of these illnesses will stimulate profuse sweating, which is a valuable response to infection. On many occasions this will be enough to stop the illness from developing and if not, may greatly reduce the severity and help to prevent secondary infections. It does this not by suppressing the infection but by actively battling it.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca Alternifolia
Plant Part: Leaves
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description: A thin, clear, pale yellow liquid.
Strength of Aroma: A middle note with a medium aroma, Tee Tree has a fresh woody, slightly medicinal scent
Properties: Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, Cleanser, immune boosting, insecticidal.
Ways to use:
Diffuser: Combine with other oils for diffusing
Cleaning Cuts and burns: Apply directly to injury to promote a clean wound that will encourage healing.
Face Wash: Tea Tree is great for treating acne (alternate with lavender and bergamot).
Antifungal: Tea tree is great for ringworm and athlete’s foot as well as helping to control candida albicans (yeast).
For Inhalation: Add 5 drops to a bowl of hot water for inhalation to help ease sore throat and congestion.
Useful before illness reaches its full potential. Use 8-10 drops in a bath when you begin to feel ill.
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