TEA TREE

(Melaleuca alternifolia)

You have probably heard of tea tree before with it being native to Australia and traditionally being used to treat a number of issues.  This essential oil would make a great choice for beginners because of its availability, affordability and ability to provide amazing health related results. It was noted as unusual in scientific research because tea tree is ‘active against all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses’.

Aromatic Profile

Tea Tree oil has a strong heavy scent that is clean, fresh, medicinal and herbaceous. It blends well with clary sage, pine, cypress, geranium, rosemary, lavender and all spice oils including clove and nutmeg.

Uses

Tea Tree can be used to clean and heal minor cuts, scrapes, burns, blisters and wounds. It will help protect against symptoms of cold and flu and also assist in the treatment of fungal infections. Tea Tree can be mixed with a carrier and applied topically to treat acne and control oily skin.

Safety 

  • Non-toxic
  • Non-irritant
  • Possible sensitisation in some individuals

 

References

Lawless, J 2013, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Conari Press, San Francisco.

White, J 1999, Aromatherapy Blends for Life, Blends for Life, Melbourne.

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