Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Location: Tea Tree grows in Australia.
Extraction: Steam distilled from the leaves.
Colour and Odour: The essential oil is colourless with a fresh, sharp, pungent and camphorous aroma.
Description: A small tree with small leaves, growing up to 6 metres and found in marshy areas; now cultivated on plantations.
Background: Long used by the Australian aborigines for medicinal purposes. It was used by the British colonists as a substitute brew for tea, hence its present name. Tea Tree was introduced into European use in 1927.
Properties: Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, stimulant and expectorant.
Urinary System-Good for cystitis.
Respiratory System-Valuable for colds and flu, relieving catarrh and sinusitis.
Skin-Very effective in clearing infected wounds, especially when there is pus. Tea tree is excellent for all types of skin problems, particularly those affecting feet(Athletes foot, corns, callouses and verruca’s). Also good for warts and pierced ear and nail- bed infections. An effective treatment for cold sores, shingles and chicken pox. A good cleanser and deodoriser.
Country of Origin: Australia
Plant Family: Myrtaceae.
Method of Extraction: The oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the bush.
Main Theraputic Properties: Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-infectious, Immune tonic, Antiviral, Analgesic.
Contraindications: Non toxic and non irritant in prescribed doses.
Chinese Element: Metal (& Fire).
Tee Tree is a small tree that grows up to 7 meters in height.
Try adding 25 drops to a bottle of shower gel for a really cleansing experience.
For problem skin, blend 2 drops of Tea Tree in 5ml (a teaspoon) of Jojoba oil - apply twice daily.
Try a weekly steam facial using 1 drop of Tea Tree with 2 drops of Mandarin in a bowl of just-boiled water. Tea Tree may irritate some sensitive skins and, although a very small amount may be dabbed neat on spots, insect bites and cold sores, most people would not recommend this for sensitive skin types.
To help keep feet fresh and healthy, try using 2 drops of Tea Tree with 2 drops of Lemon in a foot bath.
To maintain healthy hair for children and adults alike, dilute 5 drops of Tea Tree, 3 drops of Geranium and 2 drops of Lavender in 20ml of Coconut oil. Massage into the scalp and leave for as long as possible before washing out thoroughly with a mild shampoo.