Melaleuca Alternifolia ~ Tea Tree

11:58 AM Posted by Jo Pedranti


Tea tree has been used by the Australian aborigines for a long time. 

Origin 
Tea tree is originally from Australia

Aroma
Tea tree has a very antiseptic aroma. The top note is camphor-like, litte woody, sharp, clean and fresh. The middle note is sweeter, less camphoraceous, spicy, pleasant and woody. The base note is medicinal, woody, little spicy and sharp. It is a neutral oil emotionally that promotes cleansing and purity.


Indications, therapeutic actions and traditional uses
According to Battaglia, tea tree is active against all three categories of infectious organism such as fungi, viruses and bacteria. He says it is also a very effective immune-stimulant and as such it will increase the body's ability to respond to invading organisms. These properties gives tea tree a wide range of applications. 

According to Battaglia, tea tree  makes a great addition to a first aid kit. For example:
  • Dirty wounds may be washed out with a tea tree solution.
  • Athlete's foot, vaginitis, cradle cap, and nail infection may be washed  frequently with a 2.5% tea tree solution.
  • For sore throat, add 10 drops of tea tree to a glass of water and gargle to help clear throat.
  • Add to vaporizer and inhale for congested nasal passage and respiratory infections.
  • Add tea tree to massage oil or to a bath for muscular aches and pain.

According to Battaglia, tea tree is very effective for the treatment of acne and pimples when combined with lavender. It can be mixed in a 1% dilution with a light oil such a jojoba or apricot. Massage into face and then wipe off. He says it can also be added to shampoo and used in the treatment of dandruff. For head lice Battaglia suggests to apply directly to the affected parts and leave for half an hour before washing it out. The head lice treatment needs to done for 10 days at a two day intervals. Dab on pure tea tree oil for insect bites and stings.


According to Gary Young, tea trea is indicated athlete's foot, fungal infections, respiratory infections, bronchitis, rash, gum disease, sore throat, tonsillitis, and vaginal thrush. He says it may also help acne, candida, cold sores, inflammation, warts, viral infections, ingrown nails and wounds. 

Safety
Keep out of reach of children. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.


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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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Sources:

Gary Young, ND (2006). Essential Oils, Integrative Medical Guide. Essential Science Publishing
Salvatore Battaglia (1995). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion Pty Ltd

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