Remedy- Illustration Friday

This week for Illo' Friday.. the theme was 'Remedy'
I decided to paint a natural remedy from my home country New Zealand.

Wild Tea tree  ( Manuka is the name given by the New Zealand Maori) is covered in rosy pink or white clusters of flowers in the summer, much to the bees delight.. ( they make the very popular tasty ,medicinal 'Manuka Honey', from the pollen.

Watercolor on paper 8.5 x 11
Helen Wheeler-Shaw

Manuka has many health benefits, the essential oil from the leaves is a miracle in a bottle, full of antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. I always have a bottle in my bathroom cupboard.. and often have a few drops in my bath . The scent is a fresh, clean 'pine' type smell and combined with all the magical anti-bacterial powers', it also makes a fantastic natural cleaning spray.

Thanks for visiting.. sending you all  fun, happy 4th July wishes for all in the USA :)
Cheers , Helen xx


  1. Helen, I am loving these botanicals. The bee looks wonderful too.

    I hope you have a lovely 4th of July weekend.

  2. Thanks Ces,, I enjoyed painting this, I'm going to zoom over and see what you have been up to :)

  3. Hey Helen, I saw your picture and said to myself "this is tea tree"!
    ha ha. I have one of my daughters who lives in NZ (Omapere) and when I was there this summer I saw many plants Manuka!
    Great your art!

  4. Tea Tree Oil is absolutely magical! I was looking at your studio comments and I can relate to a lot of stuff that I have all around me and all the stuff I have yet to finish! Lots in common! Thank you for your comments on my piece this week.

  5. Helen!! This is beautiful!! I love it and you are SO awesome! Keep blogging, love to see new art! We should guest blog! Wanna?

  6. I love your bee. I've heard of Manuka Honey but never knew about the health benefits. Great post!

  7. HOW HAVE I NEVER SEEN THIS?????? Yes, that was me yelling at you!!
    Love and Light ~ Leslie


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