Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil medicinal herb is pure essential oil which is taken from the leaves of the Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) plant which is indigenous to Australia. This is done by steam distillation. There is no other essential oil that can be really compared to it because of its vast amount of herbal medicinal benefits.
Some of its common names are Tea tree essential oil, Melaleuca oil, Oil of Melaleuca, Tea tree, Narrow leaved tea tree, Melaleuca alternifolia as well as Australian tea tree.
Some of its constituents are terpinen-4-ol which possesses antimicrobial properties, alpha pinene and cineole.
It possesses a natural antibiotic or antifungal and antiseptic agents that are quite beneficial for all skin conditions,
especially acne. The medicinal properties are therefore antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, stimulant, anesthetic, insecticidal, anti-fungal as well as antiviral.
It is truly a natural antiseptic medicine that has been used for thousands of years now, especially by the people of "Down Under." Tea tree essential oil should really be in every home and it is very gentle on the skin.
Recently, a friend of mine bought a mosquito repellent and surprisingly enough one of its ingredients was this oil. This was new to me because I could not remember coming across a mosquito repellent that possesses this essential oil.
Tea tree oil is a natural healing
product that has been proven very effective for acne sufferers. Even if
it is an extreme case of acne conditions, it can effectively combat acne. It can be very useful and
beneficial just by using a cotton swab or gauge to dab some of the oil
on the acne. This should be good news for all acne sufferers who are searching endlessly to get relief from this malady as well as other skin blemishes.
It is also an ingredient in many skin care
product that are being sold on the market. It is found in products
such lotions, moisturizer, cleaner, shampoos (it can fight hair fungus), creams, acne products as well as balms. In regards to hair, it can eradicate dandruff and used as oil for itchy and dry scalp.
In regards to aromatherapy, tea tree essential oil is cleansing, purifying and invigorating and inhalation of this oil can alleviate cold and flu. It is very good to boost the immune system. It may also be used to massage the body to heal aches and pains and to release fatigue from the body giving an individual a peaceful, refreshing and relaxing feeling.
Tea tree essential oil is excellent to treat head lice infestations, boils, warts, itching, urinary tract infections and other infections, as well as arthritis. It is excellent for most skin conditions due to the fact that is an effective remedy to kill stubborn germs, infection as well as bacteria.
It is also an excellent herbal remedy
for calluses and corns, cold sores, cuts, gingivitis,
nail fungus, insect bites as well as sore throats. It is also effective in boosting the immune system.
Applying just a one drop of tea tree oil directly to cuts, acne lesions and pimples can speed up the healing process of these ailments.
It is a great sunburn herbal remedy. Some persons who love to tan may at some times or the other get sunburn or you may be working in the sun for long hours and eventually suffer with sunburn. It can really look terrifying on the skin. However, tea tree is a great remedy, especially when it is combined with other cooling agents such as aloe Vera and olive oil.
It may be combined with olive oil, the
olive oil being the greater amount, then apply it to the sunburn areas.
This will result in alleviating or lowering the effects of blisters.
It will also aid in the peeling of the skin bringing soothing and pain
Tea tree oil may also be combined with aloe Vera, coconut oil and lavender oil. However, always make tea tree the lesser amount. If your skin is overly sensitive, then adding some water to these combination can greatly help.
It may be purchased from various health and herbal stores worldwide and you can also get it pure or undiluted. Whatever is your desire, you may act upon it. However, one precaution that should not be overlooked is that the undiluted oil may cause redness, skin blistering, skin irritation, over-dryness as well as itching.
Apart from these precautions, tea tree oil is a must have in every home.