10ml Tea Tree Oil

ESSENCE OF ARCADIA

10ml Tea Tree Oil

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ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE: TEA TREE

Tea tree essential oil is produced from the leaves and twigs of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, also known as ti-tree or narrow-leaved paperbark. It belongs to the Myrtaceae plant family and is native to Australia, mainly New South Wales. The essential oil is extracted by steam or water distillation.

Characteristics

Tea tree essential oil is a pale, yellow-green or water-white mobile liquid with a warm, fresh, spicy-camphoraceous aroma. It has a top to middle note and blends well with lavender, clary sage, lavandin, rosemary, marjoram, pine, geranium and the spice oils.

Chemical Constituents

The main chemical constituents found in tea tree essential oil are:

  • terpinen-4-ol – an alcohol that has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties

  • g-terpinene – a terpene that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties

  • cineol – an oxide that has anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties.

Safety Considerations

Tea tree essential oil is generally non-toxic and non-irritating, however it may cause sensitisation in some individuals. A single drop can be used neat on the skin for localised complaints such as spots or warts. However, if irritation occurs then the oil should be washed off and diluted in a carrier oil for future use.

Historical and Traditional Uses

Tea tree is so-called due to its local usage as a herbal tea, which is prepared from the leaves. It has a long history of use by the aboriginal people of Australia. Tea tree oil was first distilled in Australia in the 1920s, and its medicinal properties were quickly discovered. It was noted that tea tree oil acted as a very strong germicide and could help to heal infected wounds, cure fungal nail infections and clear up sore throats.

Modern research has found that tea tree oil is unusual in that is active against all three varieties of infectious organisms – bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is also a very powerful immune stimulant, increasing the body’s ability to help fight infection when it is threatened by any of these organisms. Tea tree is used for its therapeutic and aromatic properties and can be found in soaps, deodorants, gargles, disinfectants, germicides, aftershaves and colognes.

Therapeutic Actions

The therapeutic properties of tea tree essential oil include:

  • anti-infectious

  • anti-inflammatory

  • antiseptic

  • antiviral

  • bactericidal

  • cicatrisant

  • expectorant

  • fungicidal

  • immune-stimulant.

Aromatherapy Use

Skin Care:

  • acne – massage, bath, inhalation, skin oil or lotion

  • athlete’s foot – skin oil or cream

  • blisters – skin oil, compress or bath

  • burns – compress or neat application

  • cold sores – skin oil

  • dandruff – oil or hair care product

  • infected wounds – skin oil, compress or bath

  • insect bites – skin oil or neat application

  • oily skin – massage, bath, skin oil or lotion

  • spots – skin oil or neat application

  • veruccae – skin oil or neat application

  • warts – skin oil or neat application.

Respiratory System:

  • asthma – massage, vaporisation or inhalation

  • bronchitis – massage, vaporisation or inhalation

  • catarrh – massage, vaporisation or inhalation

  • coughs – massage, vaporisation or inhalation

  • sinusitis – inhalation.

Genito-Urinary System:

  • cystitis – bath or compress

  • thrush – bath.

Immune System:

  • colds and flu – massage, bath, vaporisation or inhalation

  • fever – compress or bath

  • infectious illnesses – inhalation, vaporisation, bath or skin oil.

Emotional and Spiritual Connection

Tea tree is associated with the colour yellow and the solar plexus chakra. It strengthens the defensive vital energy within the body, helping to eradicate harmful pathogens and prevent the recurrence of infections. Tea tree is said to energise the heart and mind, uplift the spirit and boost confidence.