From there, he traveled north through the coastal regions of New South Wales.
In New South Wales he found masses of trees thick with sticky, aromatic leaves that by boiling rendered a spicy tea.
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.
History of Tea Tree Oil And It's Natives...
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.
Freshly crushed leaves were applied directly to an injury, and then held in place with a mud pack. The medicinal effects of this poultice were so powerful that it helped combat infection in the wound and also overcome the potential for further infection caused by the non-sterile mudpack.
Cook and Banks Admire the Flora and Fauna of Botany Bay Australia
The early explorers could not have known that 150 years later,
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) as it was called by Captain Cook, would be used as a medicinal agent for cuts, burns, bites, and a host of skin ailments.
Dr Penfold discovered
tea tree essential oils to be thirteen times stronger an antiseptic bactericide than carbolic acid, (phenol) considered the universal standard in the early 1900s.
Dr Penfold noted " Melaleuca Alternifolia is quite common, and exists in very large areas in the North Coast district of New South Wales.
It yields 1.8% of an oil of pale lemon tint, with a pleasant terpenic myristic odor. This is prepared on a commercial scale, and is particularly recommended as a non-poisonous, non irritant antiseptic of unusual strength.
The History Of Tea
Tree Oil During The War...
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 soldiers 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.
The Modern History Of Tea Tree Oil, It's Production and Quality Assurance
With modern farming methods, and the fact that the Tea Tree grows fast, there's plenty of its oil to go around. There are schools and organizations that devote valuable time and effort into developing better tea tree oil, better crops for the farmer, and research uses and medical applications for us all. So-called "modern medicine" can't argue with the effectiveness of Tea Tree Oil on hundreds of maladies.
In Australia, the Australian Tea Tree Oil Industry Association (ATTIA) has a standard that to be assured that your Tea Tree Oil is 100% pure.
Check to see that if you are buying more than a 15ml bottle, that's about a half ounce in the USA, that it is packaged in a dark glass bottle. According to ATTIA, any tea tree oil packaged in a clear glass or plastic bottle that holds more than 15ml or one half ounce of oil is not 100% pure tea tree oil!
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