the Tea Tree
Tea Tree is a small tree native to areas of wet or swampy ground
in New South Wales and southern Queensland in Australia.
from its leaves, the oil has a pleasant nutmeg odor and is
pale yellow in color.Captain
Cook first made Europeans aware of the this plant after his expedition
to Australia in the 18th century.
The Tea Tree got its name when Cooks crew first made tea from
this aromatic plant.
As the native aborigines had long before, the settlers soon discovered
that the Tea Tree has many valuable uses. It was used to treat burns,
cuts, insect bites, athletes foot and many other skin complaints
and quickly became part of their medicinal arsenal. During World
War II, munitions factories in Australia added melaleuca oil to machine
grease to reduce the number of infections caused by cuts and abrasions
to the workers hands.
the introduction of penicillin in the 1940's, the use of melaleuca
oil slipped away temporarily, but began making a comeback in the
Its popularity continued to rise as the
industry evolved, and today can be found in numerous products treating
a wide spectrum of symptoms. This incredibly versatile substance
is now available in products ranging from ointments
Studies have shown positive results with its effectiveness
against acne, athletes foot, corns, skin and vaginal infections as well its
ability to kill antibiotic resistant bacteria like staphylococcus
aureus. Treatment for pets for various skin problems as well as for
flea and pest control are also quite common, but the risks should
be known especially when used for cats. Be sure to see the cat
warning on our pets page.
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