Botanical name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Plant part: Leaves
Extraction: Steam distillation
Also known as Melaleuca oil (which can be quite confusing as Cajeput and Niaouli EOs are also both Melaleuca) it is well known as a virtual "cure all", due to its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds.
Mainly derived from Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, where it was used as a traditional medicine for centuries among the Aborigines who crushed its leaves to extract the oil and inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing. Its ability to kill many strains of bacteria, fungi and viruses has been well researched and documented over the last 70 years.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Antibacterial properties make it helpful in treating bacterial infections (e.g. Tuberculosis), both internal (of the colon, stomach, intestines, excretory and urinary system) and external (wounds, cuts, blackheads etc.)
- Helps promote the absorption of nutrients and provides protection from diseases
- Antimicrobial properties make it highly effective in killing and repelling microbes responsible for severe tropical fevers and malaria
- Anti-viral properties help cure viral infections like the common cold, influenza, mumps, measles and pox.
- Expectorant properties help provide relief from coughs, colds, congestion, bronchitis and other respiratory issues.
- Stimulant properties help boost immunity due to its effect on hormone secretions and blood circulation
- Anti-inflammatory properties help provide relief from muscular pain, aches and sprains as well as encouraging blood flow to specific areas to help speed up the healing process and increase tissue and cellular growth rate.
- Sudorific properties help promote the removal of excess water, salts and toxins like Uric Acid from the body through sweating while cleansing the pores