Paperbark Tree Australia
The iconic Paperbark tree, its name is derived from the trees bark that flakes and peels but has a softer texture than paper and also thicker. Known by its botanical name Melaleuca meaning black & white, which is derived from the Ancient Greek melanos ‘black’ and leukos ‘white’ and Genus a name referenced by the European settlers by the way the bark was black at the base and white at the top due to bush fires.
The Melaleuca genus includes over 200 species most of which are native to Australia. Drought and fire hardy plants can range in size from a 2-meter shrubs commonly known as a honey myrtle to 30 meters high being the iconic paperbark. They are evergreen and produce beautiful flowers ranging in colours from yellow, greenish, pink to red depending on the species. All of which attract wildlife due to the high nectar content of these flowers.
Paper Bark Medicinal Healing Properties
Australia’s spiritual indigenous peoples erected a simple rainforest dwelling called a Bayu (pronounced Ba-Yoo), made of various rainforest materials including the use of paper bark from the melaleuca trees. The paper bark offered warmth and protection from the rain, the igloo shape made from the Calamus ( wait awhile ) made the structure extremely durable. A small camp fire placed just outside the Bayu brought warmth and protection from the mosquitos as well as being a convenient place to cook meals.
Australia’s Indigenous people made great use of the paper bark tree using its soft bark for bandages sleeping mats, cradles and for wrapping food for cooking in an underground ovens known as Kap Mari or Kap Mauri. Oven temperatures are high but due to the lack of oxygen the paper won’t ignite, keeping the food moist and tender. In some clans, they used the leaves of the Melalucia alternifolia for its anti-bacterial properties commonly now known as Tea tree oil.
Paper Bark Tree Spiritual Meaning And Uses
The bark was used for funeral ceremonies and spiritual occasions by the Australian aborigines, bodies would be wrapped in the bark before the ceremony commenced. The bark has natural magical and spiritual properties and is an excellent medium to scribe spells or to create a wish on. Try writing your wishes in ink on the bark and bury it in the ground where it will not be disturbed. In three days dig it up and set it on fire, releasing the wish to the universe. psychic medium © Ian Scott
Tea Tree Oil Medicinal Properties
Melaleuca alternifolia is the main supplier of Tea tree oil which is a fantastic antibacterial and anti-fungal used mainly for topical applications. Growing in the wild from south-east Queensland to northern New South Wales. This tall shrub or small tree grows up to 7 m high and produces white flowers. Melaleuca quinquenervia commonly known as the broad leaf paper bark, grows from 8 to 20 meters in height, has light-colored bark, creamy or greenish flowers and broad leaves. Found along the east coast of Australia between Sydney and the top of cape york peninsula east of the great dividing range.
Melaleuca leucadendra or commonly known as the weeping Paperbark or Cajeput is a tall tree that produces white to creamy flowers has white bark and 20 cm long leaves. Found along the Australian coast from Rockhampton to east Broome but will grow in most parts inland and as far north as the Solomon Islands. The oils derived from this tree are used in many pet fish remedies relating to bacteria or fungi.
Melaleuca oils are used in many of today’s not only alternate medical options but also commercially in fact it is a major ingredient in burn creams and is also widely used as an anti-bacterial. So there we have it Ladies and Gentlemen some more fascinating wonders of nature what an oracle it is. Showing us that not all things come from super markets and that this wonderful planet has wonders a plenty. © Ange Marxsen