TEA TREE – Australia
One of the most ancient herbal remedies, melaleuca, gets its common name, “tea tree,” from its leaves’ frequent use as an herbal tea. Aboriginal peoples brought its therapeutic properties along in folk medicine for centuries and have contributed greatly to modern medicine’s popularity as an antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and a broad-spectrum antimicrobial. Widely researched across the world, scientific studies have shown tea tree’s remarkable value in aiding against bacterial and fungal issues. It may also act as an immuno-stimulant to help the body kick into high defensive gear when faced with such conditions. The small tree’s needle-like leaves and twigs deliver the essential oil through steam or water distillation.