An Essential Oil Full of Properties
With Lavender, Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) oil is probably the most used and known essential oil. Traditionally used by Australian Aborigines as a remedy, Tea tree oil is anti-fungal, antibacterial (with large-spectrum) and anti-inflammatory.
Warning: never used this essential oil undiluted to avoid skin irritation.
Country of Origin: Australia Colour: Colourless to pale/yellow Odour: Camphorlike. Characteristic fresh, medicinal and woody. Powerful but pleasant smell. Extraction Method: Steam distillation of the leaves. You need about 100kg of tea tree leaves to get 1-2 Litres of essential oil.
Benefits for your health:
- Vapours help to breathe. - Lessens pain such as dental pain. - Whitening the teeth. - Cleansing the mouth. - Radiation protective (in case of sunburns and therapy sessions).
Benefits for your skin:
- Disinfectant. - Healing to the skin. - Cleansing power. - Clarifies the skin.
Benefits for your hair:
- Purifies the scalp. - Fights against dandruff. - Fortifying effect.
Do you use tea tree oil? What is your favourite essential oil?
These properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they can not in any way constitute or substitute for medical information that only health professionals can dispense. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult a doctor.
Sources: Ma Bible des huiles essentielles by Daniele Festy. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller. Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil | Naissance Huile essentielle de Tea tree : propriétés et utilisations - Aroma-Zone