Thursday plantation tea tree oil finds its way to South Africa
What you wish for occasionally comes true! I have always dreamed of watching Wimbledon Tennis centre court, eating strawberries and cream! Great was my delight when this happened to me in the middle 80’s. We had a wonderful, memorable experience at the game and headed back to London to watch a few shows, my travelling partner’s passion in life. While in London, as usual I could not keep out of Health Food Stores! Whilst browsing through the ranges upon ranges of products never heard of in South Africa then, I came across a shelf with body care products which immediately caught my attention. It was a range of Tea Tree Oil products from Australia; shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, oil, toothpaste. I knew about Tea Tree Oil and had read a few books on the properties of this remarkable plant.
Tea Tree Oil, or as it is known botanically, Melaleuca Alternafolia, has the ability to heal just about anything that could happen to the skin, or in the mouth. The authors of the books on Tea Tree Oil called it a miracle medicinal plant and a medicine kit in a bottle which was very well known only in Australia where it is indigenous. It is said that during World War II the Australian Army issued every soldier, as part of their kit, a bottle of this oil for cuts, stings, bites and burns. Prior to this visit I tried a different brand in South Africa but was disappointed with the results; Tea Tree Oil was supposed to have a strong anaesthetic effect when applied to gums or fever blisters on the mouth, yet I found the oil I tried hardly had any effect. In fact, it smelt distinctly like eucalyptus oil.
I bought as many of the Tea Tree oil products as our baggage allowance would permit us to return with and immediately started using the oil and toothpaste. Wow! As I dropped a little oil onto my toothbrush and toothpaste, I could smell the difference. Maybe I had finally discovered the true medicinal Tea Tree Oil. Since then, brushing my teeth has taken on a new meaning. I was, and still am, impressed with how squeaky clean my teeth are after every brush. Gargling after brushing my teeth with a drop of Tea Tree Oil in a mouthful of water has kept me free of sore throats and laryngitis ever since. It took a while to get used to the temporary numb feeling on the inside of my lips which lasts for a few minutes due to the anaesthetic quality of the oil. Now I don’t even notice it!