Tea Tree Oil

Melaleuca Alternifolia

Tea Tree Oil has often been referred to as "melaleuca" oil and has been used in holistic medicine as an herbal tea to stimulate the immune system.

A native of Australia, it has typically been used by the aboriginal people for all types of infections as well as minor cuts and scrapes.

It has the reputation as a cure-all for the inhabitants of Australia.


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What is Tea Tree Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

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About Tea Tree Oil

Family:  Myrtaceae
Origins: Australia
Other Names:  narrow-leaved paperbark tea tree, ti-tree, ti-troll and melasol.
Description:  A small tree/shrub with needle-like leaves much like a cypress and yellow or purple flowers.
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam or water distillation
Botanical Part Used:  twigs and leaves

Principal Constituents:  Terpinene-4-ol (up to 40%), cineol, pinene, terpinenes, cymene, sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpene alcohols, and others.

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

This oil comes from the twigs and leaves of a small tree/shrub with yellow or purple flowers. It is mainly grown in Australia.

The method used for extraction is by steam or water distillation.

It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic as well as a powerful stimulant for your immune system.

It can be safely applied directly to your skin to treat:

  • acne,
  • cold sores,
  • canker sores,
  • blisters,
  • warts,
  • athlete's foot,
  • insect bites,
  • rashes
  • minor burns,
  • infected sores

Contrary to what appears to be the popular opinion in the English world, Tea Tree Oil (if it is clinical grade) can be taken internally. The French medical community has been using it internally for decades.

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages (ingesting excessive amounts of over 10ml may have toxic effects)
  • Neat - Can be taken at full strength without dilution

Suggested Uses

Burn Treatment

Tea Tree Oil is a broad spectrum antimicrobial and can be useful as a treatment for minor burns. It can be used undiluted for small areas but for larger ones like a sunburn you should add it to water and spray it on the area of concern.

Used as an antiseptic it is perfect as a secondary oil to others such as Lavender or Helichrysum.

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Candida

Tea Tree Oil comes from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca plant. It is well known for its extremely potent antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties.

It is very soothing on itchy rashes and provides immediate relief against a yeast infection.

Tea Tree Oil inhibits the replication of candida cells and is well known for its ability to treat candida infections including vaginal candidiasis (infection with candida).

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Circulation

Are you suffering from poor circulation; concerned about slow blood flow to your brain; cardiac fatigue after exercising? Try mixing with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and massage it over your limbs, back and abdomen. 

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Cold and Flu

For relief of cold, flu and other infections like chicken pox and shingles try diffusing 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil in the morning and evening. Follow up by massaging a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil on the infected area.

The above blend can also be taken orally in a gelatin capsule three times a day. 

Put a cup of Epsom salts in a warm bath along with 15 drops of oil.

H1N1 was going around and my daughter and wife came down with what matched all the symptoms.

They had sore throat, headache, a horrible cough, runny nose, fatigue, etc.

They were both sick for a week.

I decided I was next so started putting a drop of Tea Tree Oil on my tongue every hour. 

Sure enough I got a headache and that same cough but neither symptom was as bad as theirs. After 24 hours of this mild form of flu I was totally over it but feeling quite weak. One more day and I was back at work like nothing happened.

2 Days Total!  Amazing!

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Environment

Diffuse 20 drops of Tea Tree oil in a diffuser to cleanse the air in any room.

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Hair Care

Tea Tree Oil is a very popular oil which has been used in the treatment of almost any skin problem including those associated with natural hair care.

It is well known for several purposes connected with natural hair care:

  • It moisturizes the scalp which relieves itching
  • It has antimicrobial & anti-fungal properties that help resolve fungal infections as well as scalp acne & bacterial growths
  • It unclogs hair follicles and promotes normal flow of skin oils
  • It's considered the best remedy for dandruff 

For Hair Growth - Blend 2 – 3 drops with 2 tbsp of a carrier oil like coconut or sweet almond oil and massage your scalp. Wait for 15 - 20 minutes then shampoo. This is a strong oil so if you have sensitive skin and you feel a slight burning sensation you can apply straight carrier oil to the area.

For Dandruff or Acne - Add 5 drops to your shampoo and allow it to blend for an hour before using. For a single application you may wish to add 1 drop to a tablespoon of shampoo instead.

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Inflammation

To reduce swelling in your legs or arms use in a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil. Massage the mixture over the area and in the direction of your heart to remove toxins.

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Infection

Tea Tree Oil is an antiseptic and is perfect when used as a secondary oil to others such as Lavender or Helichrysum.

Tea Tree, when combined with Oregano, packs a very powerful punch as a natural anti-fungal agent. For conditions such as athlete's foot add a couple drops of each to some Epsom salts in a hot foot bath.

It has antimicrobial & anti-fungal properties that help resolve fungal infections as well as scalp acne & bacterial growths.

Tea Tree Oil inhibits the replication of candida cells and is well known for its ability to treat candida infections including vaginal candidiasis (infection with candida).

For an ear infection it can be applied directly to your outer ear followed with a warm damp cloth covering to assist with penetration. Caution: do not put any essential oils inside your ear canal.

It can be used undiluted for small areas but for larger ones it should be diluted with a carrier oil before application.

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Respiratory System

Tea Tree Oil can be used to assist with respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, cough, tuberculosis, etc.

Simply diffuse 20 drops in the air or add 15 drops to a warm bath together with a cup of Epsom salts. Alternatively you can put a few drops on a tissue and breath it in directly. Place the tissue in a plastic bag to maintain potency and you can use it periodically throughout the day.

To maintain normal respiratory function try applying a couple drops directly to your chest or reflex points of your feet.

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Skin Treatment

As a broad spectrum antimicrobial, Tea Tree Oil can be used undiluted to small areas like insect bites, blemishes, acne, cold sores, cankers, minor burns, athlete's foot, warts, rashes and infected sores.

Tea Tree is very effective on cuts and scrapes.

For larger areas like a sunburn, you may want to dilute the oil with some water and spray it on.

Try adding a couple drops to your favorite face cleanser to boost its effectiveness.

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Sore Throat

When you feel the beginnings of a sore throat put a drop on the back of your hand and take a lick frequently (every few minutes) until the pain disappears.

Keep your mouth closed and allow the oil to mix with your saliva and slowly slide down your throat.

I find a sore throat disappears quickly when I use Tea Tree Oil.

Repeat every so often throughout the day to make sure it doesn't return. this process will also work on many other conditions of your mouth including bad breath. 

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Toenail Fungus

Tea Tree, also known as Melaleuca, is another natural anti-fungal agent and when combined with Oregano packs a very powerful punch. (Follow instructions under the heading "Oregano Essential Oil" above)

Tea Tree should also be diluted with a carrier oil before application.

Another option: After soaking your feet, mix and apply 1 drop each of the following oils to the affected toes:

Repeat daily until the condition has cleared up then you will be ready to start repairing and strengthening your toenails.

Mix 1 drop each of Grapefruit Oil with Lavender Oil and apply directly 3 times a day until they have returned to normal. 

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Combine with Other Oils

Tea Tree Oil blends well with:

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