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Originating in New South Wales, Australian Tea Tree oil has been used for centuries by the Aborigines and then by the early colonial settlers who adopted the aboriginal practice of using it as a cure all remedy for a wide range of ailments wether it be for antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal or as an immunostimulant, to name but a few of its uses. In 1770 Captain James Cook came across the Tea Tree (no relation to Camellia) when he alighted from the British navy ship HMS Endeavour, in Botany Bay and observed that the aborigines brewed its leaves for a beverage, Captain Cook henceforth alledgedly gave it the name Tea Tree for this reason. The Bundjalung aborigines would rub the oil covered leaves onto skin that was infected or cut, or a dressing was made from a paste made of finely ground tea tree leaves which was placed onto or into the wound, insect repellents were made from the leaves and bathing took place in pools, next to Tea Tree copses as the oil dripped from the leaves into the water below, creating a natural, healing, antiseptic bath. However its versatility and efficacy were not acknowledged fully to the outside world until after the first World War
During the 1920's, recognition of it's efficacy and incorporation of tea tree oil into mainstream medicine really took off - studies and clinical trials were carried out in Australia and Great Britain. In the 1930's, reports and astonished findings were published in medical journals leading to conclusively prove its efficacy...please follow this link for more information on these trials. Clinical studies led the Australian Armed Forces to adopt its use widely with great effectiveness against infection during the Second World War.The success of Tea Tree Oil in reducing sepsis and fighting wound infections led the United States dispensary to research further in the 1950's proving yet again that Tea Tree Oil is an effective antibacterial agent, from then to the present day clinical trials have continued apace in Australia with an emphasis on fighting staphylococcus aureus, the proven evidence and success in these trials has led to Tea Tree Oil being used worldwide from homes to hospitals combating MRSA and other infections succeeding where conventional drugs have failed .....please follow this link for more information on this.
The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil.
In aromatherapy today Tea tree oil uses are as an antibacterial, antiseptic, antipruritic, antiviral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant, also as a neurotonic, insecticide and expectorant. It is used in dentistry,often for mouth gargles and toothpastes and for surgical procedures,for cleansing wounds and as an antibacterial, within the beauty and pharmaceutical industries tea tree oil uses are for soaps, deodorants, aftershaves, cleansers and head lice treatments. It is used in household cleaning products for disinfectants and insect repellents.
On a personal note Tea Tree oil, together with Lavender and Chamomile essential oils were my essential first aid kit for my twins throughout their childhood and to this day they still have not had a course of antibiotics !
A small tree or shrub with needle like leaves, with bottle brush purple, yellow or cream flowers, growing to 7m tall.
Family - Myrtaceae
Originating in New South Wales, Australia and remains to be principally grown here.
Principal constituents are terpenes, cineol, pinene, cymene and sesquiterpenes.
Extraction of the oil is from the leaves and twigs of the tree by steam distillation, which results in a pale, clear yellow oil, which smell is reminiscent of a junipery, camphoraceous odour.
Follow the links below to discover how to use tea tree essential oil in your home, for beauty and health,for cooking, for cleaning, and in soapmaking . This wonderful oil is an all round first aid kit in a little bottle deserves a place in everyones home.
Why not go to the Make Soap page,see the link below to try some more easy Olive Oil based recipes.
All of the recipes use only Olive Oil, Essential Oils and Herbs, there are many to choose from, if you would like know more about each respective herb or oil take a look at the navigation bar on the left-hand side of the page to find out more.
Why not publish them here at Anayennisi Aromatics ! We are very happy to share and hear all your thoughts and suggestions :)
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