Melaleuca Cajuputi (Paperbark) Live 8-29-20 1pm

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Melaleuca Cajuputi, commonly known as Paperbark, is an herb used by many Aboriginal people in Australia. Generally used for pain and congestion in respiratory infections, we will be looking at the traditional uses and modern science of this interesting herb as well as something fascinating about the cultures that use it. Dr. Sperber lived in Australia for four years and lived and worked with the Aboriginal peoples. He brings personal stories and insights into this culture. So join us for this fascinating journey to the herbs of Down Under…

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SH12 - Melaleuca cajuputi (Paperbark) Slides


A good summary article on Melaleuca Cajuputi

Graphically shows where Melaleuca cajuputi grows

Another good summary article

A much more in depth article


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