Tea-tree essential oil is an antibacterial powerhouse, making it so useful around the house. Tea-tree, or melaleuca, oil has a slight camphor-like odor and is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to South East Queensland in Australia. You can find tea-tree oil at most health food stores for a few dollars per bottle, making it a smart investment — with so many uses!
- Clear skin: Because tea-tree oil is a natural antiseptic, you can get rid of acne fast by dabbing the oil directly on irritated skin.
- Kill head lice: Not a topic you want to discuss, but head lice happens. Mix one half cup of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon tea-tree oil and rub it into clean hair. Leave on it the hair for 20 minutes then comb with a lice comb. And this natural treatment can be used as often as needed.
- Freshen laundry: If your laundry smells a bit musty, add 10 drops to your laundry detergent, and then wash as usual. The antibacterial oil helps freshen and remove lurking mold or mildew.
- Kill mold: Stop mold and mildew buildup with the help of a simple solution of tea-tree oil, vinegar, and water. It won’t get rid of mold or mildew stains, but it will stop further growth! Just spray, and walk away.
- Stop bugs: DIY your own indoor or outdoor insect repellent that keeps bugs away.
- Naturally disinfect: If you have small kids or pets, using store-bought cleaners can leave lingering smells and harsh chemicals. DIY your own all-purpose cleaner with tea-tree essential oil that leaves things safely clean.
- Eliminate fleas: Add a few drops to your pet shampoo to kill fleas and prevent future outbreaks.
- Treat athlete’s foot: If your toes are a bit itchy, rub tea-tree oil directly on your feet daily. Tea-tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal, making it a safe way to treat the outbreak.
- Treat nail fungus: OK, another not-so-fun topic, but if one of your nails has a bit of funk, treat it with a direct application of tea-tree oil until the nail is clear.
- No more dandruff: Get rid of flakes, and add 10 drops of tea-tree oil to your favorite shampoo. Along with leaving your scalp smelling fresh, no more flakes!
- Get rid of bruises: If you’re sporting a bruise, gently rub a few drops of tea-tree oil mixed with olive oil over the area.
- Soothe stuffy noses: When you’re congested, create a soothing steam by bringing four cups water to a boil and adding 10 drops of tea-tree oil. Drape yourself with a towel, and breathe in the steam.
- No more dry skin: Tired of dry, itchy skin? Add 10 drops of tea-tree oil to your favorite lotion, and shake or squish to distribute. The antibacterial qualities of the oil help soothe skin.
- Freshen moldy clothes: Forgot about your wash in the washing machine? If you have seriously moldy clothes, soak in one gallon hot water and two teaspoons of tea-tree oil for one hour. Wash as usual, and enjoy the fresh-smelling clothes.
- Soothe bites: If you happen to suffer from a bee, flea, or mosquito bite, dab the area with a drop of tea-tree oil for instant relief.
- Relax muscles: Tough day? Fill your bathtub, and add 10 drops of tea-tree oil for instant relaxation.
- Treat sunburn: Mix together one tablespoon of coconut oil and two to three drops of tea-tree oil for a soothing sunburn helper that can be massaged onto sunburned areas as often as needed.
- Remove ticks: If you happen to find a tick on yourself or your pet, drip a few drops directly on the little sucker, and it should release, making it easy to remove.
- Refresh carpets: If your rugs are a bit damp-smelling, mix together one cup of baking soda with 20 drops of tea-tree oil, and sprinkle over the carpet. Let sit for 20 minutes, then vacuum.
Just a quick update!
Will be expecting a major update in the garden by April, 2014!
Please take note that there will be changes on rates and fees (including garden entrance, team buildings, and venue hire) starting April 2014, we will update on it once we have everything confirmed. In the mean time, do give the garden a call if you have any inquiries.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to serve you even better in the future.
Saturday 24th November 2012
10.30am – 10.30pm
at Straits Quay, Penang
Before we get to nutmeg… what is spice?
Some definitions state that spice is an aromatic or pungent vegetable substance used to flavor food, e.g., cloves, pepper, or mace. Its used as a condiment, as flavouring and seasoning our food. Have you ever sat down and jotted down all the spices that go into our meals everyday? Even Kentucky Fried Chicken uses 12 spices for that yummy fried chicken. Its simply amazing on how we rely on spices for our food. Now lets find out how nutmeg travelled all the way from the Banda Islands oven centuries to take a tiny spot in your kitchen and tables.
If it was not for the Dutch and the British and their infamous tug of war over nutmeg and other spices in the Moluccas Islands, we may have never gotten to know Nutmeg and Mace at all! For many centuries Nutmeg was only grown in the Moluccas Island and later on the British cultivated the Nutmeg in Grenada, Penang and India. The nutmeg is highly significant for Grenada as it is featured in the flag of Grenada highlighting the importance of agriculture. Long before the Dutch and the British eyed the Moluccas Islands , Nutmeg had made its way to Byzantinium in the 6th Century where a Persian physician called it the Banda Nut.Arabs traded nutmeg through the dark and middle ages chanelling it to Venice to season the table of European aristocrats. Nutmeg was crazily expensive. In the 14 century, a pound of nutmeg cost as much as 7 oxen!
Now what made nutmeg to be such a must have?
Arabs traded nutmeg for its sweet scent, as an aphrodisiac and as medicine. During the Black Death Plague, people went crazy over nutmeg thinking it could ward off the plague as there was a perception that fleas disliked the smell of nutmeg.
For those of you who are not to familiar with this spice, Nutmeg, Myristica Fragrans belongs to the Myristica genus of trees. The nutmeg is egg shaped and measures 20mm to 30mm and weighs between 5-10 grams. The first harvest of a nutmeg tree in between 7-9 years and the tree is in full production when the tree reaches 20 years. It is the only tropical fruit that has 2 different sources of spice! The nutmeg in itself is the seed of the tree and it is covered by a red lacy coating called mace.
Nutmeg and mace has many culinary uses especially in European and Chinese cuisines. Nutmeg is commonly used in powder form although it was quite a culinary trend for people to carry their own tiny nutmeg graters to restaurants to flavour their soups!
With its nutty and slightly sweet flavour, nutmeg enhances dishes such as soups, breads, cookies, puddings, muffins, pies and cakes. No eggnog is complete without the sprinkling of this spice! On the other hand, mace has a warm, spicy flavour but subtler or even similar to nutmeg. Its aroma can be simply put as a combination of cinnamon and black pepper. Mace is a favourite to be used in sauces, curries, pickling, cakes and even Worcestershire Sauce!
Nutmeg is not only handy in the kitchen but the the health benefits are surely going to make you have some nutmeg or nutmeg oil as an essential spice at home.
Nutmeg as a Brain Tonic
Did you know that Roman and Greek civilisations used nutmeg to stimulate the brain and eliminate fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression ?Now thats a great pick me up spice!
An effective sedative, and a staple ingredient in Chinese medicine, Nutmeg helps treat inflammation and abdominal pain, aching joints, muscle pain, arthritis and sores.
Nutmeg brings relief to all our tummy woes such as diarrhoea, constipation,flatulence and relieve tummy aches.
When they were no Mentos and Wrigleys chewing gum, Nutmeg was used in toothpaste in aiding the removal of built up bacteria, soothing tooth aches and gum problems.
Cleanse your liver and kidneys and be sure of the removal of toxins from your system. Nutmeg is also effective in preventing and dissolving kidney stones.
SKII not working out for you? Nutmeg helps in having smooth and healthier skin and also treats skin problems. Here is a recipe for your own homemade nutmeg facial scrub especially for those with acne.
Mix some nutmeg powder and honey to make a paste. Apply to acne marks.
Sleep Friendly Spice
Cant sleep? Drink a cup of milk with some nutmeg powder. Nutmeg helps you relax and sends you off to dreamland.
Here is a Shortbread recipe for you to test out as Christmas is not too far away!
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups flour
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (But you may want to consider adding more if you really like the taste of this spice.)
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in vanilla and the egg.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt and nutmeg.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture by hand until just combined.
Divide the dough in four and roll into logs about 8″ long and 1″ in diameter. Wrap in wax paper, plastic wrap or parchment and chill until firm, from two hours to overnight.
To bake, preheat the oven to 350. Cut each log into pieces 1/2″ thick and space evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until just golden.
Happy baking and on a last note, think spice, think nutmeg!