Tea Tree essential oil, melaleuca alternifolia, has a sharp and camphor like medicinal scent. Tea tree is a powerful, yet gentle antiseptic and disinfectant. Often used for the treatment of athlete's foot, tea tree essential oil can be used directly on the affected area,on abrasions, and on cuts to cleanse and disinfect. Tea tree oil is cleansing, stimulating and revitalizing to the mind and may be useful after an emotional crisis. Tea Tree is renowned for its remarkable activity against bacteria and fungi. Use it for acne, athlete's foot, boils, cuts, wounds, herpes, spots, verrucae and warts (apply neat to small areas). If wounds are deep or puncture wounds it is best that you see your physician.
Tea tree, melaleuca alternifolia, is a small tree or shrub (smallest of the tea tree family), with needle-like leaves similar to cypress, with heads of sessile yellow or purplish flowers. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs. The name "tea tree" was given to the plant by the famous Pacific explorer, Captain Cook, who used it as a type of herbal tea, prepared from the leaves. These uses of the tea tree are based on a very long history of use by the aboriginal people of Australia. Tea tree has been shown in scientific studies to be active against all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and to be a very powerful immuno-stimulant. Tea tree is native to Australia, mainly in New South Wales.
Tea tree essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: lavender, peppermint, wintergreen, rosemary, citrus oils, spice oils, dragons blood, and patchouli.
Tea tree oil cautions - Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals.
Tea tre oil properties - Antifungal, antiseptic, anti-infectuous, anit-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, immono-stimulant, parasiticide, vulnerary.