Our feet are rather important. We literally stand or fall on them! But all too often, we are not happy on them. My grandparents always said that if a shop assistant was not polite “her feet hurt, dear”! So how do we keep our feet in good nick? There is a way, naturally and painlessly.
Way back in 1770 a certain Captain Cook landed in what we now know as New South Wales, in Australia. He had been at sea for months, his men were tired, with almost every disease they could have from under-nourishment, bad conditions, sea salt burns and general malaise. And the boats were little better off. They had suffered through storms, general wear and tear and rotten wood. So, when they landed, both ships and men had to be repaired. Though tired and rather unwell, the men set to and began their tasks.
To get HMS Endeavour repaired required wood. That was certainly in plentiful supply. Whilst cutting down the trees, the men came into contact with the leaves on the trees they cleared. Bit by bit they found that cuts and abrasions, burns, bites and their debilitating skin ailments began to clear. The doctor with Captain Cook, Joseph Banks, took note of this and came up with what was, to him, a rather astonishing fact. The locals, Aborigines, used the leaves as their medical treatment. They had been using Tea Tree leaves for hundreds of years! The locals crushed the leaves so that the “juice” ran into their sores, thus healing them. With a poultice of mud surrounding the wound a cure was soon apparent. Captain Cook’s men repaired almost as rapidly as his boat.
On their return home the news of Tea Tree was quickly taken up by the medical world. Research was made into its bactericidal and germicidal properties. It was noted as a “non-poisonous, non-irritating antiseptic of unusual strength”. And that is the case to this day. It is a very powerful natural medicine.
The next significant use of tea tree was for the soldiers in both World Wars. They were treated with tea tree! The men each were given bottles of it during the Second World War because in the First World War they found that soldiers suffering from infected feet, when treated with tea tree oil, were rapidly cured.
I have always recommended that each and every one of us should have a small bottle of tea tree essential oil with a bottle of lavender essential oil. With lavender essential oil, you have, with a few sticking plasters, the natural “first aid kit”. And here is why.
This pack is THE Essential First Aid for insect bites, stings, burns, cuts and scratches, bruises, sunburn, sore throats, acne, athletes foot and similar infections/fungi, sleeplessness and almost all minor incidents. Carry a pack with you at all times. In all cases use essential oils with care and always keep them safe and out of the hands of young children. Before using in an emergency, ensure that no one is allergic to any essential oil by testing on a small area of the skin. If in any doubt consult a doctor or pharmacist.