Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea tree is an essential oil with a pungent, fresh, medicinal aroma with a slightly spicy, powerful undertone. The Tea tree originates from New South Wales in Australia and is said to be similar to Cypress tree, it grows to about 20 foot and thrives in wetter soils such as marshes. Now the tree is typically cultivated in plantations but remains only in Australia. The tea tree is a useful and sustainable source of oil, as it is ready for harvesting every two years, even when chopped down.
Tea tree essential oil is extracted from the leaves or twigs by steam or water distillation.
Although tea tree oil is comparatively new to aromatherapy compared to other oils, it is now widely used for its antibacterial, antiseptic and stimulating properties. Indeed, research has been conducted to investigate tea tree oil and its affect on the immune system and its anti-fungal properties, especially on treating skin conditions.
Tea tree has been used traditionally by the Australian Aborigines to cure wounds. In circa 1927 the oil came to Europe and has been a favourite remedy in first aid kits ever since.
Chemical constituents - Terpinenol (Alcohol), Cineole (Ketone), Cymene, Pinene, Terpinene (Terpenes).
Blending - Tea tree essential oil blends well with spice oils, as well (not exclusively) lavender, rosemary, pine, ylang ylang and marjoram.
Tea Tree Essential Oil 10ml
Some suggested directions for use:
Add 6-10 drops in a bath.
Mix 5 drops with water to use in an oil burner.
Mix 6-10 drops with hot water as an inhalation.
Mix 5 drops per 10ml of carrier oil for massage.
Can be applied direct to skin problem areas (avoid if over-sensitive).
Do not take internally. Keep away from children and eyes.
If pregnant or have a medical condition consult your practitioner before use.
If oil gets into eyes splash out with water, seek medical advice if necessary.
If unfamiliar with essential oils seek advice from a practitioner.