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Herbal Traditions of China and Asia

Koala in eucalyptus

Austrian medicinal plants have developed protective oils and resins in response to the arid climate and frequent bush fires that are important in aromatherapy and herbal applications. The most important of these is eucalyptus gum and (Melaleuca alternifolia)tea tree. Santalum spicatum, the source of Australian sandalwood oil is also used in aromatherapy as an ecological alternative to the endangered Santalum album. Aboriginal uses of native plants was poorly documented, and much of the oral traditions of the Maoris are now lost to us. The use of kino, eucalyptus to control infections and bleeding was passed on to early settlers. Leptospermum scoparium, manuka was also a widespread native remedy, including gunshot wounds. Herbal remedies were administered by the Tohanga, both doctor and spiritual healer who used ritual baths as an integral part of the healing process.

  • Cajeput Oil Cajeput Oil Melaleuca leucadendron, M. leucadendra Weeping tea tree, weeping paperbark
    Tree : Cajeput essential oil has a sweet middle note and is very stimulating and warming with a penetrating, camphoraceous scent. Cajeput is a good inhalant oil for colds and sinus infections....
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus Eucalyptus
    tree : Eucalyptus is one of the best known cold and congestion remedies. Eucalyptus oil is also a good pain reliever for sore muscles and arthritis pain....
  • Sandalwood Oil Sandalwood Oil Santalum album
    tree : Sandalwood oil is one of the few fragrances equally popular among men and women. Its uplifting scent is often used to treat depression....
  • Tea Tree oil Tea Tree oil Melaleuca alternifolia Melaleuca
    tree : Tea tree oil is a fast and easy way to treat insect bites and any type of skin fungus. Apply a few drops neat, or use a clean compress to apply to the skin...