The “Healing Tree” is what the local Aborigines called it. They used it for many things, including compresses and poultices to treat skin problems. Leaves from trees surrounding the local lakes had been falling into the waters for 100's of years, turning them into antiseptic baths.
It's said that when Captain Cook landed in New South Wales during the 18th century, they taught him about the tree and it's uses. Swimming in the lakes - wounds, cuts, scalds and other skin irritations obtained by himself and the crew were healed.
When looking at the colour of the water, he was reminded of tea... and so as the story goes - the Healing Tree was renamed - as Tea Tree.
This top note is a versatile oil that you should always have in your first aid kit or handbag when traveling. It's an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-viral oil that cools and stimulates the immune system. As a sudorific, it promotes sweating, thus reducing fever while aiding the respiratory system as a catarrh. Perfect for flu's and colds. And perfect for creating anything that can clean while being refreshing and up-lifting.
Never apply this oil directly to the skin. It's best to mix this oil it with a carrier or some shea butter. If you do choose to apply it directly, always make sure you do a patch test first. If in doubt contact an aromatherapist. They will be able to advise you and help you.
Mouth wash, an insect repellent, cuts, stings, natural deodorant, acne or cleaning your toilet. The list goes on. The uses for Tee Tree are endless. During the WWII, all Australian soldiers were issued with a small bottle of Tea Tree Oil in their back packs. It especially came in handy for mosquitoes and other blood sucking insects in the jungle. You may not be in the natural jungle - but you will still benefit from having this little bottle in your bag. Or first aid box. It will quickly become a best friend.
Don't leave home without it.
Tea Tree essential oil, Peppermint and Lavender True are a fantastic blend. Buy them here. When you have them, try this lovely home made natural hand hand sanitiser recipe.
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
25 drops tea tree essential oil
2 Tablespoon witch hazel extract or a high-proof alcohol such as vodka
10 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel
¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil or Rosemary antioxidant – a natural preservative to increase shelf life and benefit your skin.
What to do:
Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and mix well.
Add witch hazel (or alcohol) to the oils and swirl again.
Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well.
Pour into a container with a squirt pump. If you can use a coloured bottle, do. It lengthens the life of the essential oils.
Shake gently before each use. Sanitizer should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E and alcohol to help preserve it.
Throw it into your bag and - don't leave home without it!