Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) has been widely used in New South Wales on the east coast of Australia for thousands of years. Homeopathic practitioners have historically applied poultices of crushed tea tree leaves to cuts and wounds, and they regularly inhaled the essential oil vapors to treat congestion and respiratory tract infections. It wasn’t until 1923, however, that chemist Arthur Penfold finally “proved” the plant’s antiseptic virtues when he determined that the essential oil was about 12 times stronger than carbolic acid!
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- Mama Z
Sabrina Ann Zielinski (Mama Z) is truly a Proverbs 31 woman. She was raised on an Urban Homestead years before the term was ever used. Her mother is a master gardener, professional home economist, and herbalist and her father is a PhD agriscientist, which has given Sabrina a legacy and the know-how to do just about everything to make homesteading work.
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