Tea Tree oil is Probably the most famous essential oil to come out of Australia. Its unique compound, makes it active against all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is also a very powerful immuno-stimulant, and its regenerating properties promotes the production of collagen helping to renew the skin.
Tea Tree’s history:
The eighteenth-century sailors named the Melaleuca alternifolia Tea Tree, because the teas it made smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the Tea Tree. The oil extracted from the Tea Tree has been studies for medicinal purpose and has been used for decades. Documented advantages of Tea Tree essential oil include properties of eliminating viruses, fungi and bacteria. Also recognised as a powerful antiseptic and is famed for its ability to treat and heal wounds, due its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
The Aboriginals, native to Australia have used the Tea Tree leaves for their healing properties, and aside from making tea infusions with the leaves and inhaling the soothing scent, the essential oil has been used to treat cough and colds. They also used it on wounds; as a poultice they were excellent for preventing infections and healing wounds.
Tea tree is a wonder oil and can aid with the following:
How to use Tea Tree essential oil
Botanical name: Melaleuca alternifolia.
Origin: Native to Australia, New South Wales.
Aroma characteristics: Pale yellow/green liquid with a warm, fresh, herbaceous medicinal aroma.
•Anthelmintic •antibiotic •antiseptic •antiviral •antifungal •bactericidal •decongestant •expectorant •immunostimulant •stimulant •vulnerary (wound healing).
•Bacterial skin infections •parasitic skin infection •respiratory tract infection •sinusitis •rhinitis,
•wounds •ulceration •pimples •acne •abscesses •head and body lice •athlete’s foot •fungal foot infection •warts •verrucas •immune system support •urinary system cystitis & thrush.
All the essential oils highlighted in this column are available at The Emporium of the Enchanted Forest (inside the VaVa Yoga Studio) or online, and you can explore our Apothecary and discuss any questions you may have with me, Ashlí.
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