Wintergreen has been traditionally used as a pain reliever. It's an old Native American remedy for the aches and pains of arthritis, sore joints and rheumatism, as well as an aid to breathing while hunting or carrying heavy loads. Its aspirin-like qualities also help to relieve headaches, muscle inflammation, carpal tunnel syndrome and colds.
Wintergreen is a pain reliever with similar properties to those of aspirin, and it relieves pains of all
description, including headaches and toothaches. The herb contains a compound that is composed of
ninety-eight percent methyl salicylate, the natural forerunner of synthetic aspirin, and like aspirin,
it stops the hormonal reactions that cause inflammation and pain. As such, Wintergreen not only relieves
pain, but it is also an anti-inflammatory and, therefore, helpful in cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, sore
muscles and joints, as well as the aches and pains of arthritis and rheumatism. Its mucilage content is
soothing and softening and also indirectly helps to alleviate soreness in muscles and joints.
Tea Tree Oil is unique to Australia. It is an aromatic herb, owing to glandular
dots on the leaves, which, when crushed, release their precious essential oils. The Tea Tree is fast growing,
and it possesses a distinctive feature in that even when the tree is cut down, it will "re-grow" and be
ready for harvesting again in two years.
The aboriginal people had used Tea Tree Oil to heal wounds and infections. In World War II, a severe
outbreak of foot-fungus hospitalized hundreds of Australian soldiers with no effective treatment at hand.
During WW II, the producers of Tea Tree Oil were exempted from military service until there was an adequate
supply to meet the demands of the military. All Tea Tree Oil was issued to the army, and every serviceman
was required to carry it in his first-aid kit to treat tropical infections and wounds.
Next to Lavender, Tea Tree Oil is one of the most popular essential oils in the world, and aside from its
therapeutic value, it is an important ingredient in soaps, lotions, deodorants, disinfectants and even
Camphor Oil can be used with positive effect in assisting with the treatment of
inflammation, arthritis, muscular aches and pains, sprains, rheumatism. Since this oil can be toxic, it
should NOT be ingested or used near the mucus membranes! Camphor oil is a balancing oil; it can sedate the
nerves and uplift apathy. It can help with feeling cold and reduces inflammation. It is used with great
effect to repel insects such as flies and mosquitoes.