tea tree essential oil

Tea Tree aromatherapy benefits includes being one of nature’s pharmaceuticals! We know it as Tea Tree essential oil, but it’s botanical name is Melaleuca alternifolia, and this essential oil is steam extracted from the leaves. This wonderful plant originates from Australia, is a small tree or shrub with needle-like leaves. It can grow up to 7 meters (20 feet) in height and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations. The Tea Tree is very robust; it is ready for cutting only two years after its’ previous harvest.

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Tea Tree aromatherapy benefits:

The color of this amazing essential oil is pale yellow to colorless 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 oil massage prior to an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative care. Used in vapor therapy, Tea Tree oil can help with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections.

For skin and hair, Tea Tree or Melaleuca essential oil benefits have been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice and dandruff. As essential oils have become more accepted by the public, the use of this beneficial oil has increased significantly. This can be readily evidenced by the commercial products now using this botanical.

Tea Tree essential oil blends particularly well with Cinnamon, Clary sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme. It’s aromatic scent is a fresh, antiseptic and medicinal scent, with mint and spice back-notes.

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Historically, the aboriginal people of Australia have long used Tea tree oil. In World War II, the producers and the cutters of Tea Tree were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. The oil 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.

Although Tea Tree essential oil is considered one of the few oils that can be used neat or undiluted on the skin, it may cause dermal sensitization in some people. Do not take internally. I use tea tree essential oil in a variety of ways and I have used it straight on small infections on my hands resulting from cuts.

For soap making,  I’ve made three different types of soap with this oil. One is an antibacterial soap which includes other essential oils, second is a soap with a Tea Tree and Eucalyptus blend, and the third is in a insect repellent bar which includes citronella and other essential oils. I have also created an antiviral essential oil blend, with tea tree, to inhale when when one of us has a cold or flu.

You can make your own style of tea tree soap, get the recipe here.

Tons of great info on tea tree aromatherapy benefits on this page from Wikipedia.

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