Tea Tree

Melaleuca alternifolia

Tea tree oil is also known as melaleuca oil. It is extracted from the leaves and twigs of its trees. The trees grow wildly in Australia. When the tree is cut down, it regenerates so quickly that it is ready to be cut again in two years. Tea tree oil is highly regarded. It is very powerful in its healing properties and is widely popular in both aromatherapy and alternative medicine. The Aborigines used tea tree oil to heal by crushing the leaves, applying them to wounds and covering with mud. This pack healed so well that it combated infection thoroughly. Tea tree oil should be in every home for its versatility and strength.

Aroma: strong, spicy

Properties: antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, insecticial, stimulant

Blends with: cinnamon, sage, clove, geranium, lavender, lemon, rosemary, thyme

Uses: very effective antibacterial and antifungal, stops infection, flu, mouth sores, skin infection, gingivitis, immuno-stimulant, shock, bronchitis, asthma, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, acne, burns, herpes, athletes foot, diaper rash, warts, sunburn, wounds, dandruff, lice

Methods of Use: apply directly to skin for infection (sparingly), apply diluted for skin care, in carrier oil, bath water, diffuser, burner, mouthwash, steam, room spray, as a disinfectant spray

Cautions: *this is a powerful oil, use sparingly with caution, not for internal use