TEA TREE (also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia)
It has been a little while since I have made a post and one which covers the ever wonderful benefits of an essential oil. I have decided to share with you some knowledge about Tea Tree.
Tea Tree is a clean and fresh smelling oil that is used for its anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities. People often find that
it has a medicinal scent which is probably related to its common topical and household applications. It can be applied successfully in very low dilutions but it is also used neat. Users need to be cautious if applying neat as it can irritate those with sensitivities.
Tea tree leaves were actually being used as a healing tea by Indigenous Australians long before Europeans arrived. It wasn't until the 1920's though that an Australian chemist discovered its medicinal qualities. Arthur Penfold found Tea Tree oil to be an effective means of disinfecting wounds and stopping fungal infections. He was indeed a very important chemist recognised worldwide. He was mainly regarded for his knowledge of the essential oils of Australian flora.
During the Second World War Australian soldiers carried Tea Tree oil in their first aid kits. I do too, alongside Lavender. They are the two main oils I often wouldn't go traveling without.
Basically, Tea tree is a great immuno-stimulant and is perfect for many ailments from acne, to dandruff, head lice, athletes foot, candida, cold sores, ringworm, colds & flu etc. In times of illness it is a great oil to diffuse in an oil burner to limit the spread of infection through the air. NB. Best mixed with either peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils.
Just like Lavender the applications of this oil truly are remarkable. As mentioned above it is a great little bottle to add to the first aid kit. You could also put Tea Tree oil in your laundry cupboard (if you prefer it to Lavender oil ) as it too will help to freshen up your washing - especially if you have smelly work/sports wear. It can also be used to remove chewing gum/tar and other sticky substances from clothing.
Tea Tree oil blends very well with: Atlas Cedarwood, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint & Rosemary.
Tea Tree can cause skin irritation. It should really be used in lower dilutions to begin with. For an adults bath only 3 drops need be added to gain some therapeutic benefit. As with the use of all essential oils some research needs to be done before application.