Tea Tree, scientifically referred to as Melaleuca Alternifolia, is also called by
many other names: Cajeput Tree, Melaleuca and Manuka.
Just like any other teas, it has properties that tend to ?cleanse? internal and external
unwanted if not totally harmful component.
Tea Trees belong from the plant genus known as Myrtaceae.
This particular plant genus comes was said to have been first discovered at the New
South Wales region in Austrailia.
There have been stories as to how it was first discovered. One of them is in 1770
chronicle where journeyman Captain James Cook was said to have a stop over at the
New South Wales in search of an herb from where they could make something that would
keep them warm. Their search took them to a marshy village where they found and discovered
However, there were other stories disputing claims that it is Cook?s expedition that
discovered Tea Tree. It was said that even before Cook made a stop at the New South
Wales, aborigines in the region have long been boiling its leaves to serve as their
What makes a Tea Tree beneficial are its leaves, which are boiled and distilled to
make us a hot drink to keep us warm. Its leaves are also made to extract essential
oil, which are stored and used as first aid and cure in many external ailments.
Tea Tree does not stand out among the rest of the plants found in a marshy ground.
It is in fact a small plant with small, narrow leaves with bottle brush flowers clad
in dirty white color.
Rare as it is, Tea Tree however stands out among other plants which are made to produce
either black or green teas. It has an aromatic scent, which alone provides a relaxing
Given the essential oil extract from the Tea Tree, it cleanses us from many bacterial
forms, which includes nail fungus. In fact, a study involving 117 patients tends
to show that Tea Tree oil extracts very good treatment to fungal infections, particularly
those described as toenail onychomycosis. The tea tree oil extracts are also made
to cure many other external disorders like abrasions and cuts, acne, burns, candida
and yeast infections.