Tea Tree Oil Properties & Uses

Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Although Melaleuca alternifolia is known as the tea tree, it should not be confused with the plant that produces leaves used to make black, green and oolong tea.

There are over 300 varieties of tea tree oil growing in the wilds of Australia. Many of them produce essential oils with healing properties. However, only one, Melaleuca Alternifolia has outstanding medicinal, health and beauty properties. 

Tea tree oil is truly a unique essential oil due to the extensive diversity of benefits it offers.

A colorless oil, with a fresh, warm and spicy fragrance

Properties of Tea Tree Oil

Antifungal

It is very beneficial in the treatment of  athlete’s foot, ringworm and conditions caused by Candida Albican such as thrush.

Other benefits include treating fungal diseases that affect animals, fish and plant life.

Antiseptic/Bacterial

It is an excellent first aid treatment for burns, cuts, infected splinters, insect bites and wounds of many types, including those which are filled with pus and dirty. 

Tea tree is also good for the treatment of acne, blackheads and in general oily or inflamed skin conditions.

Anti-Viral

Currently modern medicine does not as such have medication which can efficiently fight off viruses such as colds, flus, shingles etc.

This is where Tea Tree oil can shine as it has anti-viral properties and is used by many traditional healers to treat illnesses such as colds, flu, shingles, chicken pox, measles, warts, cold sores etc.

Immuno-Simulant

This amazing oil is a wonderful preventative remedy which helps the body use its own system to fight infection.

Many illnesses are caused by a weakened state of the body, which in turn is caused by various external and internal environmental factors. Some of these are antibiotics, stress, drug use and illness.

There are 5 major sources of stress: Chemical, environmental, emotional, mental & physical. What these conditions cause is a lowering of the body’s natural resistance levels.

It is believed that Tea Tree oil can strengthen a persons resistance and immune levels assisting in the fight against chronic conditions such as glandular fever, AIDS and Hepatitis, although further research needs to be done to determine the full potential of this oil in treating the above. 

Other properties

It is anti-inflammatory in treating any kind of skin conditions. 

Has a natural painkiller (analgesic) which helps soothe wounds, it is actually 7 times more soothing then Aloe Vera.

It has insecticide and parasiticide properties making it great in keeping insects and parasites at bay such as mosquito and lice.

It has balsamic and expectorant properties, assisting in the treatment of chest & throat infections.

It is quite aromatic with penetrating properties, making it perfect for industrial and household products. It is a natural solvent which makes it beneficial for biodegradable cleaning products in the home and workplace. 

Uses of Tea Tree Oil

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Insect Repellent
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Antiseptic for Minor Cuts and Scrapes
  • Treat Athlete’s Foot
  • Boost Wound Healing
  • Fight Acne
  • Soothe Skin Inflammation
  • Control Dandruff
  • Mouthwash
  • Help Treat Head Lice

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