Illustration for "Plants of the Gouland Downs and
Perry Pass" ISSN 0375-0108
Original Pencil Drawing:
Captain Cook, on his voyages around new Zealand, used a brew of what came to be known as the Tea-Tree to help protect his sailors from scurvy.
Laing and Blackwell in their
"Plants of New Zealand" commented: "The whole plant,
including leaves, flowers, fruit and young shoots, is
highly aromatic, and the oil which it contains will
perhaps in future be put to some useful purpose."
This has proved
prophetic, and today NZ Tea-Tree or Manuka Oil takes its
place alongside the Australian Tea-Tree Oil (from a
totally different genus of plant) as an ideal remedy for
insect bites, fungal problems and general disinfection.