Botanical/INCI name: melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil
Botanical family: myrtaceae
Country of Origin: Australia Premium
Extracted from leaves of a small tree, Tea Tree is an oil that is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. The tree, native to Australia, was introduced to the world by Captain Cook in 1770. The Aborigines used the crushed leaves as a poultice for infected wounds and skin problems. Serious study of Tea Tree began after World War I and has grown since. Tea Tree is now a major industry and mainstay in healing. This oil is pale yellow-green or water-white in color. Camphor-like, Tea Tree is balsamic, strong, pungent, and clean in aroma. Tea Tree is the most scientifically researched essential oil. The first published information was in 1925 by A.R. Penfold, a Australian government chemist. In 1930, the Australian Medical Journal described the amazing results of Tea Tree in general practice, ranging from rapid healing of septic wounds to scar regeneration. One quote from those studies was “dissolved pus and left surfaces of infected wounds clear so that its germicidal action became more effective and without any apparent damage to the tissue.” This essential oil is twelve times stronger than carbolic acid, four to five times stronger than household antiseptics. It is used to counteract cold sores and other herpes, sinus, throat infections, respiratory issues, athlete’s foot, ringworm, thrush, candida, other yeasts and fungi issues, and trichomonas vaginitis. This broad spectrum disinfectant is germicidal, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial. Tea Tree is non-toxic and hypoallergenic, making it excellent for mouthwash and gargle. Skin and scalp disorders, and infections or infestations are remedied by this remarkable oil.
Areas of Body Affected: Skin, respiratory system, genito-urinary system, immune system
Properties of Oil: Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrizant, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, immuno-stimulant, parasiticide, vulnerary
Physical Conditions: Abcesses, acne, athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, diaper rash, varicose, warts, infected wounds, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, tuberculosis, whooping coughs, thrush, vaginitis, cystitis, pruritis, colds, flu, chicken pox
Holistic Uses: Mood uplifting, improves mental clarity, reviving, stimulating. Yang energy.
Exceptions: Possible sensitization in some individuals
Blends Well With: Tea tree is a middle to top note, blending well with lavandin, lavender, clary sage, peppermint, rosemary, pine, cananga, geranium, marjoram, clove, and nutmeg.
Chemical Components: Terpineol-4 (up to 30%), cineol, pinene, terpinenes (40-50%), cymene, sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpene alcohols
Process of Extraction: Steam distillation from leaves and twigs.