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Tea Tree Oil

The Tea Tree, a member of the Myrtaceae family, is indigenous to Wales and Australia. For thousands of years, Australian Aborigines have used it as a general antiseptic. The tea tree got its name from the British explorer, Captain Cook, who brewed the leaves of the tree and gave the resulting tea to his men as a prevention for scurvy. Clinical studies have found tea tree oil to have anti-viral, anti-fungal, antiseptic, germicidal and anti-bacterial properties. A stimulator of the immune system, it can be used to treat a number of ailments, including colds, flu, thrush, sinusitis, cold sores, fungal infections, and infected wounds. It is able to penetrate into finger and toe nails to combat fungus, and relieves the pain of sore muscles. A powerful organic solvent, tea tree oil dissolves lumps of white blood cells that create pus, thus is a natural treatment for acne and other skin infections. This useful herb is safe when instructions are followed.


Thyme (Thymus), of the Labiatae (mint) family, is primarily indigenous to the Mediterranean area, although members of its family are found in many different parts of the world including Asia and Greenland. The ancient Greeks used it to restore mental acuity, as a fumigate to prevent or cure illness and disease, and as a religious incense. Today, it is well known for its anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities and is often recommended by herbalists as a treatment for candida, coughs, bronchitis, emphysema, and as a support for the nervous and immune systems. Thyme is also frequently used in toothpaste, mouthwash, throat lozenges, skin creams, and salves used to treat fungus infections of the skin, including athletes foot.


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