TEA TREE

LATIN NAME FAMILY NAME SYNONYMS Melaleuca alternifolia Myrtaceae Ti-tree, Ti-trol, Melasol Caution: Ti is the Maori name for the Cabbage tree (Cordyline australis), but the Tea Tree oil is only made from Melaleuca alternifolia Very pale yellow Watery Strong, sharp, spicy / warm / camphorous Top

COLOUR VISCOSITY AROMA NOTE

COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION Native to Australia. Other varieties have been cultivated elsewhere, but Melaleuca alternifolia is not produced outside Australia. PARTS USED EXTRACTION METHOD YIELD Leaves & twigs Steam distillation 1.8%

BLENDS WELL WITH Lavender, clove, marjoram, rosemary, clary sage, pine, geranium, oak moss, ylang ylang, cinnamon, lemon, myrrh, rosewood, thyme

MAIN CHEMICAL COMPONENTS Terpinene-4-01 (up to 30%), cineol, pinene, terpinenes, cymene, sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpene alcohols WARNINGS & CONTRA INDICATIONS → Non-toxic, non-irritant → Possible sensitisation in some individuals, but this is rare → The strength of tea tree should be respected and large amounts should never be used on the body or in particularly sensitive areas → Neat application should not be regular or ongoing, since there is always the potential for sensitisation

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES Anti-infectious, antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, expectorant, fungicide, immune stimulant, insecticide, stimulant

TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL

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athlete’s foot. blemishes. burns. especially dirty. anti-viral & bactericidal properties make it particularly important n the treatment of colds & influenza. infected splinters. Especially if the body is already in a weakened condition from stress. → it’s possible application to AIDS is currently being researched GENITO-URINARY → Cystitis. sunburn → Can be applied neat to spots & blemishes. tuberculosis. acne. burns. anti-viral & bactericidal properties of tea tree oil make it particularly beneficial in inhalation therapy in the treatment of colds. colds. effective in fighting many common infectious diseases such as measles. ringworm. and all kinds of wounds. whooping cough and other respiratory tract infections SKIN → Clears abscesses. or ones which contain pus → Leg wounds and ulcers that are difficult to heal (particularly if the sufferer is elderly or has poor circulation) have often responded well to being treated with tea tree oil in a bland carrier such as almond oil → Viruses are the organisms responsible for most epidemic illnesses. thrush. catarrh. sinusitis. sinusitis. deodorises and strengthens during the winter months and convalescence TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL 2 . flu. minor burns & stings → important in the treatment of cuts. blisters.THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS – GENERAL → Tea tree is of great value as a preventative remedy to help the body fight off all kinds of infection. → It is helpful for those who need to build up their strength before a surgical operation or for those suffering from chronic or long standing debilitating illness. chicken pox. dandruff. illness or the use of antibiotics or other drugs which have lowered the body’s natural resistance levels. shingles. warts. bronchitis. urethritis → Can be used in a bath or sitz bath for the above RESPIRATORY → Immuno-stimulant. disinfects. asthma. diaper rash. flu and other respiratory tract infections – steam inhalation is recommended Room diffusion – → Benefits the immune system. infected wounds → Oily skin. herpes. as well as viral complaints like cold sores or warts OTHER → Remarkable support of the immune system METHODS OF APPLICATION AEROSOL Inhalation therapy – → Immuno-stimulant. pruritis. insect bites. insect bites. coughs. cold sores. herpes. Tea tree is a powerful anti-viral agent.

tuberculosis → Can be added to many cream formulations as an antibiotic. Fungi and Viruses → Independent microbiological testing has confirmed the effectiveness of tea tree oil in fighting infections TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL 3 . splinters. lice. coughs. dermatitis. dirty wounds in general CREAM OR MASSAGE OIL → Some references recommend a course of massage with Tea tree oil before an operation may help to fortify the body & reduce post-operative shock → Helpful in clearing bronchial congestion. nettle rash. asthma. animal or human bites. viral infections. colds. may help arthritis.BATH / FOOT BATH → Diluted in the bath. scalp disorders. cuts. bed sores. infections. anti-fungal and anti-viral NOTES → Tea tree oil is one of the most scientifically researched oils. bronchitis. sweaty feet → Babies’ colds & coughs. whooping cough. sinusitis. and is considered one of the most useful oils in aromatherapy → It is outstanding in comparison with other remedies because it is active against all three varieties of infectious organisms: Bacteria. cystitis and genital infections in general NEAT APPLICATION → Used as a wash or applied neat. sinusitis. boils. wounds. acne. is helpful for abscesses. minor children’s infections → For the genito-urinary system. dandruff. tea tree oil could be effective to help clear vaginal thrush.

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