Tea tree oil is extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia of the Myrtaceae family and is also known as ti-tree, ti-trol and melasol. This oil must be one of the most used essential oils, and thousands of people swear by its wonderful healing properties.
No house should be without this essential oil, as it is one of the most powerful immune system stimulants and sorts out most viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a snap, while it is great to clean wounds and also relieves muscle aches and pains.
It has a light spicy, rather pungent smell and is very pale in color with a watery viscosity.
Origin of Vetiver oil
It is a small tree from New South Wales in Australia, similar to Cypress, with needle-like leaves and heads of sessile yellow or purplish flowers and grows to about 7 meters (20 feet) high and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations.
Even when this tree is cut down, it flourishes and is ready for cutting again in two years. The oil is only produced in Australia where the Aborigines used it for a long time for a variety of medicinal purposes.
In World War II, the producers and the cutters were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. Each soldier and sailor was issued with some as part of their kit, to treat tropical infections and infected wounds.
Tea tree oil is an ingredient of soaps, creams, lotions, deodorants, disinfectants and air fresheners.
It is extracted from the leaves and twigs by steam distillation and the yield is about 1.8%.
The main chemical components of tea tree oil (also referred to as ti-tree oil) are a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.
Tea tree oil is considered a safe oil, as it is non-toxic and non-irritant, but some individuals so show sensitizing to this oil, and it should be used with this in mind. It should not be used on deep wounds or near the eyes, ears, nose or internally. Please remember that it is a most powerful oil, but using it unwisely could result in problems.
The therapeutic properties of tea tree oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.
Tea tree oil is very important in the health of the immune system, as it acts as a immuno-stimulant and increases the body’s ability to fight off any infections, while it also is used to revive the mind and body after shock.
The world over, this oil is used with great effectiveness to ward of infections of any kind, and it is active in all three varieties of infectious organisms:
- fungi and
It can help with influenza, cold sores, catarrh, glandular fever and gingivitis.
A course of massage with tea tree oil before an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock.
Apart from the superb anti-infectious properties of tea tree oil, it is also most effective to help clear bronchial congestion, asthma, coughs, sinusitis, whooping cough and tuberculosis.
On the genito-urinary system, it can be used to help clear vaginal thrush, cystitis and genital infections in general and on the skin, it clears abscesses, acne, burns, herpes, oily skin, athlete’s foot, cold sores, blemishes, diaper rash, warts, sunburn and infected wounds, while fighting dandruff on the scalp.
Tea tree oil is one of the most powerful immune stimulant oils and helps fight infections of all kinds and helps clear the skin.
Burners and vaporizers
In vapor therapy, tea tree oil helps with colds, sinusitis, bronchitis and any other respiratory ailment and is also of use to help the mind cope after shock.
Blended massage oil or in the bath
As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, tea tree oil helps with all respiratory ailments, as well as arthritis, colds, dermatitis, skin infections, scalp disorders, sinusitis, viral infections, nettle rash, babies colds and coughs, bronchitis, as well as for sweaty feet.
In wash or applied neat
When it is added to the water for washing it has great value to treat abscesses, bed sores, acne, boils, lice, dandruff, wounds, as well as animal or human bites and can also be applied neat on problem areas with a cotton bud.
For lice – apply neat onto the scalp – leave for 40 minutes and wash the hair. This must be repeated every second day for twelve days.
Fungal outbreaks such as athlete’s foot and nail infections (paronychia) as well as vaginal thrush and cradle cap can be treated with frequent direct application of a 2.5% dilution of tea tree oil.
Please remember that it is a powerful essential oil, and the neat application onto the skin must be done with care.
Tea tree oil can be used as a mouthwash for gum infections, mouth ulcers, throat infections and tonsillitis, while garlic eaters believe that it reduces the smell of garlic on the breath. Although we know that the oil will definitely benefit the infectious problem, we are unsure of the success with the smell of garlic.
Cream or lotion
When tea tree oil is blended into a cream or lotion and applied to the skin, it will help to clear up any fungal, bacterial as well as viral infections – and can therefore be used for a variety of problems – ranging from boils, abscesses, acne, bite wounds from animals and humans (although a medical practitioner must also be consulted), dandruff and other scalp disorders and is also effective to help sort out bed sores, diaper rash or any other rash.
Tea tree oil blends well with
Although essential oils normally blend well together, tea tree oil blends particularly well with cinnamon, clary sage, clove, geranium, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg, rosewood, rosemary and thyme.
More information about Tea tree Oil
Skin & Hair Care ~ recommended for the treatment of dry, oily & itchy skin, acne, dermatitis, fungal & bacterial infections, abscesses, bed sores, blisters, burns, cold sores, herpes, insect bites, itchy skin, vernicae,worms, chicken pox, insect bites, warts & wounds ~ diminishes scar marks & spots ~ cleanses pores ~ ‘wart treatment’ ~ place a single drop of neat Tea Tree oil on the centre of the wart every day & cover ~ helps with dandruff & hair loss ~ strengthens the hair ~ eradicates head lice & nits
Baby Care ~ helps heal cradle cap & nappy rash
Immune System ~ boosts immunity ~ excellent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & antiviral properties ~ heals topical infections ~ measles & mumps ~ heals wounds quickly & protects from infection
Lymphatic System ~ increases sweating & promotes the removal of toxins
Musculoskeletal System ~ provides relief from muscular aches, pains & strains ~ anti-inflammatory properties ~speeds up healing process ~ increases the rate of new tissue & cellular growth
Nervous System ~ helps treat migraines
Reproductive System ~ helps clear candida, cystitis & genital infections
Respiratory System ~ recommended for treating asthma, bronchitis, congestion, catarrh, coughs, colds, flu, glandular fever, sinusitis, whooping cough
Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ refreshing & cleansing ~ invigorates the heart & mind ~ encourages strength ~ uplifting the spirit & building confidence ~ used to revive the mind-body after shock ~ aura cleansing ~ protection ~ purification ~ open mental clarity
Blends well with ~ Basil, Cajeput, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Dill, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Lemon Scented, Eucalyptus Peppermint, Fragonia, Geranium, Ginger, Gingergrass, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Scented Tea Tree, Lemon Verbena, Mandarin, Marjoram, May Chang, Melissa, Myrrh, Nerolina, Nutmeg, Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sage, Spearmint, Tangerine, Thyme
Safety ~ non-toxic, non-irritating & non-sensitizing