Melaleuca oil, commonly known as tea tree oil, is an essential oil obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia. The oil itself contains up to 92 different components and ranges in color from clear to pale yellow. The plant can grow like a shrub or as a tree and is characterized by fresh, camphor-like smell. It is native to Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia and to Southeast Queensland.
Back in the 1920s, an Australian researcher named Arthur Penfold studies many different native extracted oils which encouraged him to commence the commercial tea tree industry. While there are eight species of tea tree grown for their oil, Melaleuca alternifolia is commercially the most important.
Melaleuca is widely known for its potent purifying properties. The Australian Aboriginals used to ceush the leaves and inhale the vapors in order to promote a sensation of clearer airways. They also used to apply the crushed leaves onto the skin as a bandage, while reaping its cooling benefits.
Tea tree oil helps your skin and makes it hydrated, young and refreshed. It’s also amazing for your immunity as it boosts it.
Qualities of Melaleuca alternifolia
Here, we’re presenting you some of the most important properties this oil possesses:
– Immune stimulant
– Tissue regenerative
Here are also some of the best known purposes of this oil:
To Use It Topically:
– Apply 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil) to irritated skin (example: after shaving).
– Adding 1-2 drops to your facial cleanser can help promote a clearer complexion.
– Apply to fingernails and toenails after a shower to keep nails looking healthy.
– Add a few drops of tea tree oil to water in a spray bottle to make a surface cleanser to protect against environmental threats.
– Make a homemade hand sanitizer. Just mix about 30 drops of tea tree oil with 10 drops of clove oil, lavender oil and 8 ounces of aloe Vera gel. You can mix everything together in a bowl and store in a container.
Clean a Toothbrush. To get rid of the bacteria on your toothbrush, rub a few drops of tea tree oil into your toothbrush at least once per week.
To Use It Aromatically:
– Cleanse the air you breathe by adding a few drops to a diffuser
– Rub a few drops on your palms and breathe in the oil to enable expansion of the airways.
To Use It Internally:
– Mix one drop of tea tree oil with 4 oz. water
– To strengthen the immune system, combine one drop of the oil with water, warm tea, citrus beverage, or vegetable juice. You can also add coconut or olive oil to the mix.
– Cold sores
– Bacterial infections
– Fungal infections
– Congestion and respiratory tract infections
– Vaginal infections
– Insect bites and stings
Reminder: Make sure you always keep this oil away from the reach of your children and pets! Be careful not to get it into contact with your eyes or ears. People who are very ill, women who breastfeed or pregnant women should always consult a doctor before they decide to use this treatment!