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BOTANICAL NAME Melaleuca alternifolia

PARTS USED
Leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD
Steam distilled

NOTE CLASSIFICATION
Middle

AROMA & COLOR
Clear to pale yellow with camphoraceous aroma

HISTORY
The legend of the oil produced from the Melaleuca alternofolia, has been passed down for thousands of years by the native indigenous Bundjalung aborigines of Australia. In early 1770 Captain James Cook of the British ship H.M.S. Endeavor, and his botanist, Joseph Banks came ashore at what he named, “Botany Bay”, Australia. There, he encountered an Aboriginal tribe known as the Gweagal. The legend told is that local natives introduced Cook to the healing powers of trees with thick sticky and aromatic leaves and showed him how they used the leaves to treat cuts and wounds. It is also said that Cook and his crew brewed the leaves to make a tea to prevent scurvy, thus the name, “Tea Tree.”

Common Uses

  • Congestion – Tea tree oil is an effective expectorant. People who are suffering from cough and cold, congestion, bronchitis and other troubles associated with colds, are sure to get relief using tea tree essential oil.
  • Wound Care – Tea tree oil is an excellent antiseptic. It can be applied directly on wounds, boils, sores, cuts or certain eruptions, including insect bites and stings, to protect them from infections.
  • Skin Care – Tea tree oil is considered one of the most effective home remedies for acne. Mix five drops of pure tea tree essential oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Simply rub on your face, leave on for one minute, then rinse off. Furthermore, it can help neutralize or diminish the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils, pox, and acne.
  • Hair Care – Tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and even can be used for the treatment of lice. Additionally the stimulant property of tea tree essential oil can be very beneficial if you suffer from hair loss, simply apply a diluted amount of tea tree essential oil to your scalp. The increased blood flow that you experience will help your follicles stay healthy and strengthen the hold on your hair.
  • Deodorant – Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that destroy the bacteria on your skin that causes body odor.
  • Insect Repellant – Tea tree oil is an efficient insect deterrent and insect killer. It does not let parasites and other insects like mosquitoes, fleas, lice, or flies come near someone who has rubbed some of this oil on their body.
  • Fungicide – Tea Tree Oil inhibits fungal growth and cures diseases like dermatitis, ringworm and Athlete’s Foot. Put oil undiluted on the affected area using a clean cotton swab. It is also effective at killing black mold spores and getting rid of mildew throughout the home. It will work for you equally as a cleaner and a mold prevention agent. Combine 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water in spray bottle. Mist and wipe clean. Diffusing tea tree oil in the air around your home will also kill mold and other bad bacteria.

PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.