|Tea Tree Hydrolat|
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Latin names and synonyms: Melaleuca alternifolia, Ti-tree, Paperbark tree
This small elegant tree grows in Australia and is farmed specifically for its essential oil, with the hydrolat being a pleasant by-product. Legend has it that the tree got its name when Captain Cook first discovered Australia and asked his crew members to make him a cup of tea with the leaves of the plant. Although the tea did not taste particularly good, the name has stuck. The essential oil and hydrolat come from the distillation of the grey-green leaves..
Tea tree has a long history of use for almost every ailment for the Aboriginal people of Australia and is used in much the same way as lavender is in Europe - for
Tea tree hydrolat is analgesic when used as a wash for open cuts and wounds, meaning that pain is lessened and the wound is less vulnerable. The hydrolat is also slightly anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-infectious and can be used for acne, athlete’s foot, infected skin and oily skin. It is also slightly anti-
The hydrolat can be used as a mouthwash to promote healthy gums and also as an aid to healing gingivitis and bad breath. Internally it can be anti-depressing and uplifting.