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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia of the Myrtaceae family and is also known as ti-tree, ti-trol and melasol. Tea tree oil must be one of the most used essential oils, and thousands of people swear by its wonderful healing properties.

tea tree oil

No house should be without tea tree oil, as it is one of the most powerful immune system stimulants and sorts out most viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a snap, while it is great to clean wounds and also relieves muscle aches and pains.

Tea tree oil has a light spicy, rather pungent smell and is very pale in color with a watery viscosity.

The oil is extracted from a small tree from New South Wales in Australia, similar to Cypress, with needle-like leaves and heads of sessile yellow or purplish flowers and grows to about 7 meters (20 feet) high and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations.

Even when this tree is cut down, it flourishes and is ready for cutting again in two years. The oil is only produced in Australia where the Aborigines used it for a long time for a variety of medicinal purposes.

In World War II, the producers and the cutters were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. Each soldier and sailor was issued with some as part of their kit, to treat tropical infections and infected wounds.

It is extracted from the leaves and twigs by steam distillation and the yield is about 1.8%, and the main chemical components are a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.

Tea tree oil standard

The "Austrian Standard" demands that the oil must contain less than 15% 1,8-ceneole and more than 30% terpinen-4-ol which our does.

It is considered a safe oil, as it is non-toxic and non-irritant, but some individuals so show sensitizing to this oil, and it should be used with this in mind.

The therapeutic properties are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

It is very important in the health of the immune system, as it acts as a immuno-stimulant and increases the body's ability to fight off any infections, while it also is used to revive the mind and body after shock.

The world over, this oil is used with great effectiveness to ward of infections of any kind, and it is active in all three varieties of infectious organisms:

  • bacteria
  • fungi and
  • viruses

It can help with influenza, cold sores, catarrh, glandular fever and gingivitis.

A course of massage with tea tree oil before an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock.

Apart from the superb anti-infectious properties of this oil, it is also most effective to help clear bronchial congestion, asthma, coughs, sinusitis, whooping cough and tuberculosis.

On the genito-urinary system, it can be used to help clear vaginal thrush, cystitis and genital infections in general and on the skin, it clears abscesses, acne, burns, herpes, oily skin, athlete's foot, cold sores, blemishes, diaper rash, warts, sunburn and infected wounds, while fighting dandruff on the scalp.

In vapor therapy, it helps with colds, sinusitis, bronchitis and any other respiratory ailment and is also of use to help the mind cope after shock.

As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, it helps with all respiratory ailments, as well as arthritis, colds, dermatitis, skin infections, scalp disorders, sinusitis, viral infections, nettle rash, babies colds and coughs, bronchitis, as well as for sweaty feet.

When it is added to the water for washing it has great value to treat abscesses, bed sores, acne, boils, lice, dandruff, wounds, as well as animal or human bites and can also be applied neat on problem areas with a cotton bud.

For lice - apply neat onto the scalp - leave for 40 minutes and wash the hair. This must be repeated every second day for twelve days.

Fungal outbreaks such as athlete's foot and nail infections (paronychia) as well as vaginal thrush and cradle crap can be treated with frequent direct application of a 2.5% dilution.

Please remember that it is a powerful essential oil, and the neat application onto the skin must be done with care.

Tea tree oil in diluted form can be used as a mouthwash for gum infections, mouth ulcers, throat infections and tonsillitis, while garlic eaters believe that it reduces the smell of garlic on the breath.

Although we know that the oil will definitely benefit the infectious problem, we are unsure of the success with the smell of garlic.

When blended into a cream or lotion and applied to the skin, it will help to clear up any fungal, bacterial as well as viral infections - and can therefore be used for a variety of problems - ranging from boils, abscesses, acne, bite wounds from animals and humans (although a medical practitioner must also be consulted), dandruff and other scalp disorders and is also effective to help sort out bed sores, diaper rash or any other rash.

Although essential oils normally blend well together, it blends particularly well with cinnamon, clary sage, clove, geranium, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg, rosewood, rosemary and thyme.

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All oils sold by us are pure and natural and is not adulterated by any other oils or additions. Although we do not certify our oils as organic, most of them are grown in remote areas where modern pesticides are not used, and old farming methods are relied on to tend the crop.