Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)


Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear. It is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled/ aqueous distillate

Part Typically Used: From the leaves

Color: From pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear.

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma:
The oil has been described as having a fresh, camphor-like, light spicy, woody, earthy, herbaceous, rather pungent smell.

Tea tree oil should not be confused with tea oil, the sweet seasoning and cooking oil from pressed seeds of the tea plant Camellia sinensis.

The name tea tree is used for several plants, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, from the family Myrtaceae, related to the myrtle. the term has been adopted by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration as the official name for TTO. The use of common plant names further confounds the issue. In Australia, “tea trees” are also known as “paperbark trees”.

When left to grow naturally, Melaleuca alternifolia grows to a tree reaching heights of approximately 5 to 8 meters. Trees older than 3 years typically flower in October and November, and flowers are produced in loose, white to creamy colored terminal spikes, which can give trees a “fluffy” appearance.

This essential oil has been used for almost 100 years in Australia but is now available worldwide both as neat oil and as an active component in an array of products.Melaleuca alternifolia plant that presumably exploited this property was the traditional use by the Bundjalung Aborigines of northern New South Wales.

Experts consider tea tree oil to be safe as a topical treatment, and you can apply it directly to the skin on a daily basis. When applied to the skin in its pure (100% oil) form, tea tree oil seldom causes irritation.

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The world over, this oil is used with great effectiveness to ward of infections of any kind, and it is active in all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses. Apart from the superb anti-infectious properties of tea tree oil, it is also most effective to help clear bronchial congestion, asthma, coughs, sinusitis, whooping cough and tuberculosis.

In contrast, contemporary data clearly show that the broad-spectrum activity of TTO includes antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiprotozoal activities.

Tea tree oil has powerful antiseptic properties.In vitro studies show that tea tree oil is capable of killing MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in a laboratory setting. American Cancer Society says that studies have found some promise of a possible role for the topical application of tea tree oil as an antiseptic. Tea Tree oil treats Candida, AIDS or Herpes (viral and fungal infections). Tea tree oil can kill bacteria and fungi. Some studies suggest that it is safe and often effective for the prevention and treatment of infections.

Tea tree oil may be effective in a variety of dermatologic conditions including dandruff, acne, lice, herpes, and other skin infections. People usually use tea tree oil to treat minor cuts, burns, athlete’s foot, mild fungal nail infections, vaginal yeast infections, and lung problems.

It is one of the most powerful immune system stimulants and sorts out most viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a snap, while it is great to clean wounds and also relieves muscle aches and pains. Tea tree oil is very important in the health of the immune system, as it acts as a immuno-stimulant and increases the body’s ability to fight off any infections, while it also is used to revive the mind and body after shock.

Tea tree oil has been used as complementary therapy in surgery, burn care, and dental care. It can help with influenza, cold sores, catarrh, glandular fever and gingivitis.

Melaleuca alternifolia could detoxify the site of a snake bite.

Side effects:

Tea Tree oil is poisonous when taken internally.Tea tree oil is not safe to take by mouth. It is not recommended for use in the ears, because it may cause damage to the inner ear.

Using Tea Tree oil can have negative effects including skin irritation, allergic contact dermatitis, systemic contact dermatitis, linear immunoglobulin A disease, erythema multiforme like reactions, and systemic hypersensitivity reactions.

Children under 6 years old should not use Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil.

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Tea tree oil good from blemishes, dark spots, pimple outburst. It clears abscesses, acne, burns, herpes, oily skin, cold sores, blemishes, diaper rash, warts, sunburn and infected wounds, while fighting dandruff on the scalp. Melaleuca alternifolia is treating mild to moderate acne.

Tea tree essential oil has been found that tea tree oil induces hair growth. It actually helps in unclogging hair follicles and nourishes your roots. This oil is very good for dry scalp. It moisturizes by nourishing scalp. Tea tree oil helps restore all the replenished nutrients from the hair.

After shaving dab a few drops of tea tree essential oil on a piece of cotton can treat infected areas.

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General Icon Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil eases mental stress and purifies the mind and body of emotional wounds. Once old wounds are released (or healed), the body can then change the behavioral patterns that led to the wounding to begin with. The emotional roots are often associated with distrust of self or others, guilt and shame. Of all which, can be released with the assistance of Tea Tree.

Used in meditation:

This oil will actually expand all the chakras and then align them with the Crown chakra.


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