Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) “The Wonder from Down Under.”
Posted Oct 01 2009 10:34pm
Got Tea Tree?
Tea Tree oil should be a part of every homes medicine kit. It is a powerful herb with many therapeutic uses. It has a notable camphorous, medicinal scent and is a member of the eucalyptus, myrtle, and clove family (Myrtaceae). Tea Tree has been used by the aborigines for centuries to treat skin infections. Because of its’ apparent effectiveness, it is presently the subject of international research.
Tea Tree can be used for so many conditions due to its’ antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It can be used to treat wounds, acne, athlete’s foot, toenail infections, and yeast infections. You can even use it for toothaches.
The Australians use it to treat scabies and head lice (good for moms to know). Tea Tree is also great for treating insect bites and stings. I like to use it to sanitize my food prep area. It is safe for anyone, including pregnant women and children. It is to be used only topically unless it causes a rash. Dilute it in a little olive oil before applying to children.
The antiseptic power of Tea Tree is thought to be one hundred times more powerful than carbolic acid but it is non-toxic to humans. Wow!
A study at the University of Western Australia found that Tea Tree oil kills many infectious microorganisms that cause infection including e. coli, staphylococcus aureus, and pseudomonas .
It also kills the yeast fungus, Candida albicans.
It has also been shown to kill antibiotic resistant bacteria.
This stuff is amazing! Need I say more ?
So, I’ll ask again.
Got Tea Tree?
If you don’t have tea tree oil in your medicine cabinet, I hope that you will get some as soon as possible. There is good chance you or one of your family members will need it at some time.
Tea tree is the wonder from down under that I never want to be without!
The Tea tree is native to the New South Wales and Queensland regions of Australia, growing on wet swampy land. This srub looking plant grows to a height of about 20 feet, spreading to about 13 feet at its fullest. It has papery bark made up of several layers. The small leaves are, about 3.5 cm long, narrow, and pointed. The flowers are small, five petalled, usually white in colour and are formed in the spring, on dense spikes up to 5 cm long. They are followed by woody capsules.