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Introduction to Tea Tree Oil
The first official report of its use by a doctor was in the Medicinal Journal of Australia in 1930 where a Sydney surgeon wrote of its wound healing and antiseptic properties.
 
During World War II, tea tree oil was added into machine “cutting” oils in munitions factories in Australia. This is said to have greatly reduced the number of infections due to abrasions on the hands of workers caused by the metal filings and turnings (slivers).
What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is a volatile essential oil obtained by steam distillation of freshly harvested foliage of Melaleuca Alternifolia, one of about 200 species of Melaleuca indigenous to Australia. The oil is clear, colourless to pale yellow, with a characteristic odour.

The Many Uses of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree essential oil is considered to be both antiseptic (able to destroy bacteria capable of causing infection) and an antimicrobial (may destroy or prevent growth of microbes which are any tiny living things including bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses). It is used medicinally in the treatment of many conditions, the most common being prevention or treatment of acne, fungal infections, yeast infections and a wide variety of skin conditions.

Tea tree oil works against bacteria and microbes in a similar way to disinfectants as it disrupts the cell membranes of destructive microorganisms, and disables the proteins within them, basically “de-activating” them so they cannot multiply and cause health problems. The main active constituents in tea tree oil are chemical compounds called terpinen-4-ol, alpha-terpineol, and linalool.



Where Can You Use Tea Tree Oil?

There has been created as a handy guide that you can keep in your home, cottage, office or even your camper! You may be surprised how many ways a small bottle of tea tree oil can be used. If you are unsure about what kind of tea tree oil to look for, I recommend a 100% tea tree oil from a trusted supplier.

You should be able to find this useful essential oil at your local natural health retailer, pharmacy or grocery store. To further assist you in overcoming any health challenges you identify while reading this book, I have included nutritional supplement recommendations related to each condition or symptom.
Modern Uses and Benefits For Tea Tree Oil

The substances found in tea tree oil are useful in the fight against bacteria, fungus and viruses, which is why it is helpful in fighting illness and cleaning germs around the home and office. Some consider tea tree oil a miracle ingredient because it has proven effective for the following modern uses:



Skin care
First Aid
Household cleaning
Hair care
Aromatherapy
Feminine care
Chronic illnesses
Dental care


Of course there are many more uses of tea tree oil that we will cover throughout this book, but these are just a few of the most common uses. Tea tree oil has the ―big three‖ antimicrobial properties.
Reference site: http://www.plantshospital.com/tea-tree-oil-unknown-benefits/
3 years ago
Benefits of Garlic;


Benefits Of Garlic ; is though to have originated from central Asia, but the origin of the plant is difficult to trace and other writers such as De Canolle (2006) in his Origin of Plants claims that garlic originated in the southwest of Siberia, whence it spread to southern Europe.

Garlic is now found growing wild in most Mediterranean countries and where it has a long historical association.

The ancient Greeks placed garlic on the piles of stones at the cross roads as a supper for Hecate, the Greek Goddess of cross roads, while the Egyptians invocated as deities at the taking of vows.

Roman soldiers and slaves were often fed garlic although historical manuscripts record a general dislike to the smell which was accounted a sign of rudeness.


Potentially Active Chemical Component of Garlic:


Garlic includes at least 33 sulfur compounds, several enzymes and the minerals germanium, calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, selenium and zinc; vitamins A, B1 and C, fiber and water.

It also contains 17 amino acids to be found in garlic: lysine, histidine, arginine, aspartic acid threonine, swine, glutamine, proline, glycine, alanine, cysteine, valine, methionine, isoleucine, leucine, tryptophan and phenylalanine.

It has a higher concentration of sulfur compounds than any other Allium species which are responsible both for garlic’s pungent odor and many of its medicinal effects.

One of the most biologically active compounds in garlic is allicin (diallyl thiosulfinate or diallyldisulfide). The most abundant sulfur compound in garlic is alliin (Sallylcysteine sulfoxide), which is present at 10 and 30 mg/g in fresh and dry garlic, respectively (Lawson, 1998).

Typical garlic food preparation such as chopping, mincing and crushing disturbs S-allyl cysteine sulfoxide and exposed it to the allinase enzymes, then quickly converted it to diallyl thiosulfinate, which give off garlic’s characteristic aroma.

The allinase enzyme responsible for diallyl thiosulfanate conversion becomes inactivated below a pH of 3.5 or with heating .

Although allicin is considered the major antioxidant and scavenging compound, recent studies showing that other compounds may play stronger roles; such as polar compounds of phenolic and steroidal origin, which offer various pharmacological properties without odor and are also heat stable.

Nutrition Value of Garlic:


Garlic cloves have amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals. Just 100 g provides (in % of recommended daily allowance):

95% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
52% of vitamin C,
33% of copper,
21% of iron,
18% of calcium,
26% Selenium, and
73% of manganese

Mechanisms Underlying The Anti-Cancer Actions Of Garlic;


1. Induces apoptosis/arrests the cell cycle.
2. Blocks invasion/metastasis.
3. Suppresses cell proliferation.
4. Inhibits activation of carcinogen.
5. Enhances antioxidation.
6. Decreases histone deacetylase activity.
7. Interrupts tubulin polymerization.
8. Changes proteasome activity.

How To Make Garlic Oil?


INGREDIENTS

1 head garlic
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
DIRECTIONS

Smash and peel cloves of Garlic.
Transfer to a medium pot, add olive oil, and heat over medium-low until bubbles form around garlic, 3 minutes.
Let cook 10 minutes, reducing heat to low if garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

For More: http://www.plantshospital.com/benefits-of-garlic/
3 years ago
The Hibiscus Tea Plant;

Has a great ornamental value due to its interesting foliage. Hibiscus Sabdariffa is a short-day plant which gets its first naturally appearing flowers, when the night is longer than the day during the autumn and winter months. These flowers are the basic for the great and special fruits. The beautiful red calyces (fruits) are picked when they are still soft, before they dry out and drop their seeds for the next generation.



Hibiscus Sabdariffa likes water, light and sun, and prefers a place with the option of both sun and shade. It can stand drying out, so even if it hangs a bit, it can often times freshen up again after some water.

It likes to grow, and is for that reason ideal for re-potting to a bigger pot a long the way.
Hibiscus sabdariffa, or sour tea, is a genus of the Malvaceae family. In Iran, it is typically known as sour tea. In English-speaking countries it is called Red Sorrel. Originally from Angola, it is now cultivated throughout tropical and subtropical regions, especially from Sudan, Egypt, Thailand, Mexico and China.

The calyces of Hibiscus Sabdariffa; are prolific in many modern commercial blends of cold and hot drinks due to its pleasing taste, as well as having decorative, culinary and medicinal uses. In Egypt and the Sudan, it is used as a beverage that helps to lower the body temperature, to treat cardiac conditions, and as a diuretic.

In African; folk medicine it has been used for its spasmolytic, antibacterial, cholagogic, diuretic and anthelmintic properties. Other uses in North Africa include cough and sore throat, while the leaf pulp is made into a topical application for external wounds and abscesses.

In Europe; the dried calyces (the cup-like structures that are formed by the sepals) are used mostly as a tea. Hibiscus is commonly used in combination with lemon balm and St John’s wort for restlessness and poor sleep onset. Historically, folk medicine has used H. sabdariffa for the treatment of high blood pressure, liver diseases and fevers.

In large amounts; hibiscus tea acts as a mild laxative. In Iran, it is a traditional treatment for high blood pressure which is the focus of several studies, as is cholesterol reduction.

Hibiscus has been used historically; for high blood pressure and contains several important ingredients including alkaloids, anthocyanins and quercetin. It is thought that the antioxidant and diuretic effects of hibiscus are its most important mechanisms in lowering blood pressure.

The flowers of this plant are colourful, but the tea is made from the calyces (the red and dried part of the flowers). It has a sourly cranberry like flavour and is served either as a hot drink or as ice-tea. The best way to drink it is with cane sugar because of the somewhat bitter taste the tea has.

It was consumed already in the ancient Nile Valley during the time of Pharos and was regarded as the royalties’ primary beverage mainly for its ability to improve health.

Hibiscus Tea Has Many Possible Qualities Around The World:

In Africa : Hibiscus has been used in many years in folk medicine for treating cancer, cardiovascular disease, fever and constipation. Natural healers have used it against high blood pressure and liver disease.

In Asia : Hibiscus petals flavoured with ginger are being eaten in countries like Thailand, China and Malaysia, it is believed that this will help lower cholesterol.

For More: http://www.plantshospital.com/hibiscus-tea/
3 years ago