All About Tea Tree Oil

All About Tea Tree Oil 

The aborigines of
Australia were the first to discover the healing properties of tea tree oil thousands of years ago. They treated cuts, burns, and skin
infections by crushing the leaves of the tree and applying them to cuts
and injuries. In the 1770s, the British explorer Captain Cook observed
the native Australians brewing tea from the leaves. He then brewed tea
of his own to give to his crew to prevent scurvy. He coined the name tea tree.

Our beautiful certified organic Tea Tree essential oil
comes to us from Australia. Tea Tree is a part of the Melaleuca family,
which means it has great antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, and
antiparacitic properties. Historically it has been used for disinfecting
and wound healing, it is also a powerful immune stimulant.

In
the 1920s, Australian physicians began to use the oil to clean wounds
and prevent infections after surgery. In 1923 an Australian government
scientist, Dr. A. R. Penfold, conducted a study of Tea Tree essential oil and found it to be 12 times stronger as an antiseptic bactericide
than carbolic acid (the current standard). Average Australians then
began to use the oil as a household remedy for skin conditions and
fungus infections. During World War II, tea tree oil was included in the
first-aid kits given to all Australian soldiers and sailors.

According
to the British Medical Journal in 1933 Tea Tree essential oil is a
“powerful disinfectant, non-poisonous, and non-irritating”. Tea Tree is
treasured as having unrivaled anti-infectious properties. After the
discovery of penicillin and other antibiotics in the late 1940s, tea
tree oil went out of favor as an antiseptic until the 1980s, when it was
discovered that some bacteria were resistant to certain antibiotics,
such as methicillin and vancomycin.

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