Herb Of The Month: Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)

Herb Of The Month: Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia)

Tea tree oil is a very popular product in health food stores, very handy for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effect, while being safe for topical use. Sometimes athlete’s foot and toenail fungus will respond better to repeated applications of tea tree oil than with any other application.

The name “tea tree” gives an incorrect impression. Actually the Australian aboriginal people call it “ti tree,” hence the name. It is only known to grow in Australia, although a few similar species grow in Indonesia and Malaysia also. Another reason that it is known as “tea tree” is because the fallen leaves in nearby streams turn the water a tea shade of brown, although this brew is not actually suitable for drinking. The oil is of medicinal effect and practical use.


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Dr. Colleen Huber

Dr. Colleen Huber is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor and Fellow of the Naturopathic Oncology Research Institute (NORI). She has an active natural cancer cancer clinic, where people come for treatment from all over the world because of her 90% success rate; the highest known cancer treatment success rate in the world. Dr. Huber graduated from and then taught at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe. Her blog contains articles about cancer, alternative cancer treatments, nutrition, and natural lifestyles. Many of these articles have appeared on mercola.com, the world’s most visited natural health website. Dr. Huber’s book, Choose Your Foods Like Your Life Depends On Them, has been featured on four Arizona TV appearances and she has been featured most recently in the book, Defeat Cancer: 15 Doctors of Integrative & Naturopathic Medicine Tell You How. Her groundbreaking and successful alternative cancer treatments and cancer prevention diet have been covered on Channel 3 and Channel 5 in Phoenix. Her academic writing and original research on sugar & cancer has appeared in The Lancet and other medical journals, and received media coverage around the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Huber is one of very few naturopathic physicians/naturopathic oncologists in the United States to have been granted hospital privileges with full scope of practice as licensed in the State of Arizona.

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