Tea Tree Essential Oil
Latin Name: Melaleuca Alternifolia
Part of Plant Used: Leaves & Twigs
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Brand: Ancient Wisdom
In early times it seems the leaves of this tree were infused to make tea, which is how the name came into being. Tea Tree Essential Oil is the concentrated liquid compounds steam distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.
The oil is claimed to have valuable antiseptic and anti-fungal properties due to constituents called terpenoids, and is used in many personal care products and medicines today.
Tea tree oil is said to be good for relieving congestion, cold, cough and flu. It has been used to heal acne, fungal infections, dandruff, vaginal infections, haemorrhoids, athlete’s foot, and is believed to soothe aching muscles and joint injuries. When added to bathwater it helps control bacteria.
Tea tree oil is not to be taken internally. It is usually used only on adults and must be kept away from children and pets. Don’t use it if you’re pregnant or lactating.
The tea tree has been known for its medicinal properties since ancient times in eastern Australia. The Australian aborigines are known to have been using the crushed leaves to heal cuts, burns, sores, and infections for hundreds of years. The oils from the crushed leaves were inhaled to relieve coughs and colds and the oil was sprinkled on wounds and applied a poultice on it. They also infused the leaves and made tea to soothe sore throats. It was between 1920 and 1930 that the essential oil of this tree began to be known and used for its antimicrobial properties in Europe.
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