Australia’s Aboriginal culture has ancient and well-tried methods of medicinal practices and knowledge. One of the distinctions with Bush medicine is that each group may vary the ingredients, based on their area based on availability of natural elements. In general, most of the ‘Bush medicine’ is derived from plant, bark, leaf and seed materials. Just as there are multiple Aboriginal languages, there are also multiple medical treatments that they used.
Sadly, a majority of many of the original Aboriginal medical treatments have been lost and there are more recent attempts by some of the groups to regain the ancient knowledge. A project known as the Aboriginal Pharmacopoeia in the Northern Territory is making some progress in this effort.
Native Australian bush medicines encompass a number of different natural plants and each one has a purpose as a medicinal ‘cure’. Ingredients were often crushed as well as ingested as a powder, liquid infusion, steam inhaled, smoked, heated or applied as a topical treatment, depending upon the medical need and the ingredients used.
The Eastern Australia Bundjalung peoples made used of the tea tree leaves by crushing and obtaining the oil. The oil was a multipurpose medicinal product, addressing everything from the treatment of wounds and cuts to colds and coughs. The Tea Tree leaves were also crushed and used for the treatment of typical skin problems such as psoriasis, Candida (Thrush), and dermatitis as well as for respiratory ailments and any other similar treatment where a topical could be used.
Much of the belief of the Australian Aborigines fell on the idea that death or serious illnesses were caused by spirits or by individuals that may be practicing sorcery. Due to this fact, only spiritual male ‘doctors’ were trained from a young age and allowed to diagnose and treat an illness. Many of the medicine men would make use of spiritual rites combined with a combination of herbs and plants and in some cases, they were prescribed side-by-side. One of the most notable remedies of Aboriginal medicine was the high importance that they placed on oils as agents for healing. This belief was passed on as white colonists began to appear in Australia and has continued with the popularity of the use of Tea Tree oil.
Over the years, the adoption of natural alternatives has been embraced by more cultures around the world, with Western medicine being one of the slowest to recognize the healing properties of many of the earth’s natural benefits. The ancient healing properties of Tea Tree oil is just beginning to be used in topical pain relief treatments in both Europe and the United States. One of the most popular methods that has demonstrated the best results in the blending or infusion of Tea Tree oil with eucalyptus oil. The combination of the oils causes a chemical interaction that actually enhances the benefits of the oils for the use as a topical treatment for pain relief.
Always confer with a primary care physician before making any changes or additions to your medical regiment.