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Unique Botanical Offerings From A Land of Opposites

Australia as a land is a country of extremes and opposites. With the desert outback, coastland all around the country and lush forests, there is something for everyone! As someone who loves plants and native plants especially, I was excited to find out that Australia is the country that is home to some special plants and products that are found almost nowhere else in the world.

Melaleuca – This tree is part of the myrtle family. Growing over a 100 feet tall in some places, it has beautiful white blooms that resemble a bottlebrush in full bloom. Also known as the tea tree, it is extremely popular in the essential oil world. The oil from this tree has an antiseptic smell and is known for its antifungal and antibiotic properties. It was often used by the native people of Australia to treat skin infections.

Eucalyptus – Many people know eucalyptus as it is often found in floral arrangements and has a distinct smell. Eucalyptus is also known as the gum tree and is the favorite food of koala bears, one of Australia’s native animals. A fast growing tree, it was one of the first trees to be brought back to England in the 1700s. Its essential oil is also very helpful and used more for sinus problems.

Manuka Honey – A honey whose amazing properties are just now being realized and studied, it comes from the manuka tree. The manuka tree is a native plant to Australia and New Zealand in the myrtle family. Manuka honey is delicious on its own but its unique healing abilities are what make it amazing. Manuka honey is strongly antibacterial with naturally occuring hydrogen peroxide found in the honey. Used for wound and tissue healing, it is highly prized. Manuka honey has its own testing standard that tracks the healing abilities of the honey.

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