Tea Tree Oil - The Medicine Kit in a Bottle
Tea Tree Oil has been known to the Bundjalung Tribe of New South Wales Australia for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties. This wonder oil was only tested scientifically in the early 1920's by Arthur Penfold and found to be around 12 times more powerful than carbolic acid, yet caused no harm to the skin. It was used extensively by the Australian Defence Force during World War II, but due to the rise of synthetic drugs did not become popular again until the 1960's.
Over the years it has proved itself as a natural antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory oil. One great development was that it was found to deeply penetrate the skin, cleaning it and encouraging the formation of scar tissue.
Some of the medical uses include healing blisters, reducing swelling from insect bites and stings, cleaning and healing abrasions and cuts. It can also help cure athletes foot and is very helpful in the healing of acne. It will help heal a sore throat, cold sores, coughs and dental abscesses. It will solve many day to day first aid and medical problems.
It also lends itself to daily beauty care as putting drops in shampoo, body lotion, hand cream and in the bath will keep hair and skin clean and healthy. A couple of drops on toothpaste will prevent gum infections and bad breath. It helps take the sting out of sunburn and softens corns and calluses.
Tea Tree Oil's anti-bacterial properties also extend to use in household tasks, making the house clean and healthy. Putting drops in the humidifier will clean, disinfect and refresh the air and putting drops in the dishwasher and washing machine will kill germs.
Tea Trees (botanical name is Malaeuca) are native to Australia. The name Tea Tree was given by Joseph Banks the botanist who traveled with Captain Cook and collected the leaves to make herbal teas.
There are different grades of Tea tree oil and the results will not be the same with an inferior product. Ask at your local health shop about the best quality oil to use.
There are many excellent books which will give you all the uses of this wonderful oil. You will be amazed at the results you obtain and will find it is truly a medicine kit in a bottle.