Tea Tree: Melaleuca Essential Oil Uses

Tea Tree Essential OilTEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia):
This vigorous evergreen tree is native to Australia and the Bundjalung Aborigines have known how to access and use the essential oil from it for thousands of years. Tea Tree essential oil uses are many and some consider it a powerhouse essential oil. It is a small tree or shrub with needle-like leaves that can grow up to 20 feet tall and thrives in marshy areas. The Melaleuca tree is part of the same botanical family as Myrtle (Myrtaceae). This tree is very robust and is ready for cutting only two years after its’ previous harvest. The foliage is used in the distillation process.

Remnant Remedy brand Tea Tree essential oil is 100% pure and therapeutic grade.

Scent: A fresh, pungent medicinal scent with sweeter woody end notes.

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Constituents: Monoterpenes/Sesquiterpenes/Oxides

Descriptor: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory‚ anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, strong anti-septic, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, astringent, antioxidant,  expectorant, decongestant, deodorizing, refreshing, immune-stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, tissue regenerator.

Safety Bit: Non-toxic and non-irritating. This essential oil is a mild sensitizer in some people. If you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin you can still reap the benefits of Tea Tree essential oil by using one of our blends such as Gentle Healer or Purify that contain this powerful essential oil.

Uses: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-viral, major anti-infectious (staph and strep), bactericidal, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and insecticide. Beneficial for respiratory, infectious disease such as chickenpox, healing wounds, fungal infections (athlete’s foot, candida, jock itch), tonsillitis and gum disease. Also rash, sunburn, digestion, diarrhea, vaginal thrush, immuno-stimulant, abscess, acne, cold sores, herpes, burns, shock, hysteria, warts, lice, tuberculosis, sinusitis, whooping cough, colds, flu, sinusitis, tissue regenerator, ear nose and throat infection, stimulates lymphatic circulation.

Aromatic Influences: Promotes cleansing and purity

Blend Classification: Equalizer, Enhancer

Blends with: Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme and all Citrus oils

Found In: Gentle Healer and Purify

Ancient Use:  Lung and respiratory illness, skin care, healing cuts, wounds and skin infections

Modern Use:  Athlete’s foot, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, rash, sore throat, gum disease, tonsillitis, skin care, acne, wound healing, fungal infections, plantar warts, skin warts, viral infections, cold sores, head lice inflammation, sunburn and thrush.

Research by Dr. Paul Belaiche, Chief of Phytotherapy Department at the University of Paris, France states, “The essential oil of Melaleuca has entered the team of major essential oils and emerges as an antiseptic and antifungal weapon of the first order in phyto-aromatherapy.”

Emotional Influence: Restores feelings of optimism and renews energy levels.

Application:  Inhalation, rub on chest and diffusion for respiratory illness. Direct application to skin for fungal or viral infections and skin and wound care. Gargle or spray throat and mouth for dental care or sore throat.

Origin:  Australia

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Posey’s Note:

Tea Tree essential oil has long been a multipurpose oil that has been included in first aid kits. In World War Two, 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.

To many people Melaleuca essential oil is valued as much as Lavender essential oil – they are known as a medicine kit in a bottle. The Remnant Remedy blends Purify and Gentle Healer, which both contain Melaleuca oil, are an excellent way to add to your first aid kit and receive the benefits of Tea Tree oil and other powerful healing essential oils at a fraction of the price.

To learn more about Tea Tree / Melaleuca essential oil you might be interested in this book:

Australian Tea Tree Oil First Aid Handbook

101 Plus Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil

by Cynthia Olsen

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