Tea Tree - Melaleuca alternifolia

A very powerful natural antiseptic and anti-fungal oil, which forms part of every qualified aromatherapists first aid and travel kit. During the cold season, a few drops used in the bath induces sweating. You can also use a few drops to make a gargle or mouthwash. Antiseptic and cleansing. 

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County of Origin Australia
Botanical Family Myrtaceae
Therapeutic Properties Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-infectious, Anti-microbial, Anti-septic, Anti-viral, Decongestant, Disinfectant, Immune support, Immuno-stimulant
Chemical Family Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols
Approx. Shelf Life 3 years
Plant Parts Leaves
Note Classification Top | Middle
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary, Thyme

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History: The aboriginal people of Australia have long used Tea tree; similarly,and it has developed an excellent reputation for use within the field of aromatherapy. In World War II, the producers and the cutters of Tea Tree were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated to accommodate the impact of the war. It was a highly valued product as it was issued to each soldier and sailor as part of their kit in order to treat tropical infections and infected wounds.

Characteristics: Tea Tree has a fresh, antiseptic and medicinal scent. It also has characteristic minty, woody, and camphorous notes.

Clinical Studies:

Indications:  Tea Tree is a high-grade therapeutic oil, and is best known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), and there is evidence that Tea Tree massages prior to an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock. Used in vapor therapy, Tea Tree can help with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections. For skin and hair, Tea Tree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice and dandruff. As essential oils have become more accepted by the public, the use of Tea Tree has increased significantly. This can be readily evidenced by the commercial products now using Tea Tree Essential Oil. 

Personality Profile:

Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Aroma lamp, bath, compress, diffusor, douche, inhaler, light bulb ring, liquid candle, massage, salve, steam inhalation.

Safety: Tea Tree may cause dermal sensitization in some people. Do not take internally.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
Photos attribution – istock Photos
Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
 Information and statements regarding Kelley products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease.  All information, content and product descriptions contained within this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.  Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
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    Tea Tree - Melaleuca alternifolia

    Tea Tree - Melaleuca alternifolia

    A very powerful natural antiseptic and anti-fungal oil, which forms part of every qualified aromatherapists first aid and travel kit. During the cold season, a few drops used in the bath induces sweating. You can also use a few drops to make a gargle or mouthwash. Antiseptic and cleansing. 

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