Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia)

Tea tree essential oil is one of the central essential oils in the practice of aromatherapy. It is also one of the only essential oils that can be used directly on the skin, in very small doses. However, it is strongly recommended to dilute it anyway, to avoid reactions (especially in children).

Tea tree essential oil is a must have in all natural pharmacies.

 

The plant

The tea tree is native to Australia. Its leaves were widely used by a local tribe for its therapeutic virtues.

Tribe members also used to regularly bathe in the streams bordered by the tea trees, where the leaves had naturally fallen into, making bathing therapeutic.

When the English arrived in Australia, the plant was studied by the chief botanist, who highlighted its wonderful health benefits.

Later, in 1922, it was the turn of tea tree essential oil to be studied. It was discovered to have extremely powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties (more powerful than those of carbolic acid) while being non-caustic to the skin.

 

 The virtues of tea tree essential oil.

It is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory.

A few years ago, I treated a tooth nerve infection for 3 months before returning to France to see a dentist. This allowed me to limit the inflammation and also to endure the pain.

It is a major bactericide. This means that this essential oil destroys bacteria.

It is also a broad-spectrum fungicide: it acts on several fungi, including those responsible for fungal infections.

 

Precautions

Tea tree essential oil must absolutely not be taken internally (swallowed) as it becomes toxic.

However, it is safe to apply it to the skin – in the correct dosage and diluted – without any risk. Tea tree essential oil is extremely effective and used in dermatology.

 

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