Tea tree – wonderful gift to the world and it is sometimes known as “Australian gold.”
Tea tree oil is a knight in shining armor as it acts as a shield against all kinds of infections including bacterial, viral, fungal and microbial – no wonder tea tree oil is hailed as a “jack of all trades” among nature’s herbal oils.
The essential oil of Tea tree is extracted from the leaves of this tree, for treating many infectious diseases, respiratory problems like asthma, tuberculosis and bronchitis, venomous bites and skin problems like acne, psoriasis and dermatitis…
Practical, inexpensive, It is a must-have essential oil every home!
Historical importance of Tea tree oil
All tea tree of the variety Malaleuca alternifolia is grown in Australia and is an important crop for the country (producing between 400 & 500 metric tons of pure oil a year!).
The Tea Tree (actually named by Captain James Cook, who used to enjoy a tea made from the leaves) has been used by the indigenous Bundjalung people of Eastern Australia to heal wounds and infections (as a cold-infused poultice) and as a drink to help soothe sore throats and other ailments.
Born in Australia, Tea tree is the love and pride of the Australian kingdom where more than 300 species of Tea trees grow naturally. The Aborigines are regarded as the first ones to use Tea tree leaves before thousands of years as an antiseptic for healing wounds, cuts, burns and insect bites.
One of the pools in Australia is known as the ‘Magical Lagoon’ just because it was surrounded by Tea trees and leaves fall in the water and make it a medicated bathing pool. People who take bath in this pool have said that it helped in healing burns, wounds and certain other skin infections.
Tea tree oil is held-high for its anti-poisonous effects and is generally known as Snake oil just because the fact that this oil has enormous detoxifying properties that aids in taking way the venom of a poisonous snake bite.
The fresh leave juice was also applied on the affected area for treating scorpion stings and other poisonous insect bites. Tea tree leaves are also used in poultices and the decoction extracted from boiling these leaves are known to heal wounds and inflammations both internally and externally.
Australian research chemists Arthur Penfold, along with a few other colleagues, is credited with kick starting the commercial tea tree industry in the 1920′s by discovering the strongly antiseptic properties of the volatile oil distilled from the plant.
By the mid 40′s the Australian government even deemed it essential enough to be included in the first aid kits of their soldiers for use as a disinfectant during WWII.
Gradually the scientific community began to research and document the effects of the plant, especially the bactericidal and germicidal properties of the oil.
What is tea tree oil?
Tea tree is a member of a genus of Australian and New Zealand trees and shrubs known as honey myrtles or bottlebrush trees. Many of the 100 or so species of tea tree have fragrant, essential oil-containing leaves. At least three species of bottlebrush trees are distilled for their essential oil: Melaleuca alternifolia, from which we get tea tree oil; Melaleuca cajeputi, which yields cajeput essential oil; and Melaleuca viridiflora, the source for niaoli essential oil. Distilled cajeput and niaoli oils retain some of the sweet-woody aromas present in the fresh leaves. Cajeput and niaoli oils are slightly less medicinal smelling than tea tree oil.
The original aroma of this oil isn’t widely available today !
The difference between our standard Tea Tree Oil and Original Bush Tea Tree Oil is that this oil comes from original seed stock gathered from the tree in its native environment (rather than the cultivated seed more widely used in the industry today).
In aromatherapy, tea tree essential oil is employed for its physical, rather than emotional or aesthetic nature.
This isn’t to say that the strongly medicinal aroma of tea tree is offensive. Many appreciate its underlying intensely warm, nutmeg-like scent.
Buch tea tree essential oil, has a smoother, softer aroma, than the aroma of the newer tea tree strand.
This tree is native to Australia and its oil has been used and known among the original inhabitants of that continent as a cure-all medicine since ancient times.
The reputation as a cure-all given to this oil is not an exaggeration.
Tea tree oil can be used as a cure for almost all tropical infections and diseases. You name it and it has some sort of positive effect or treatment for that disease.
It is invariably found in almost the households of Australia, particularly those that have small children. The magical healing and disinfectant properties make it a wonder drug that also boosts your immunity.
Benefits of a holistic approach to health
Aromatherapy is a fascinating alternative medicine that involves the use of volatile plant materials, also known as essential oils, that can be aromatically inhaled by patients of a wide variety of health conditions. It is often used to improve mood, change cognitive states. The effects of aromatherapy are theorized to result from the binding of chemical components in the essential oil to receptors in the olfactory bulb, impacting the brain’s emotional center, the limbic system, and can also be utilized as a supplemental medicine.
The holistic healing methods, that not only treats illnesses but aims to prevent it in future. It does not recommend same remedies for all even with the same disease, that every individual is a unique part of nature and their illnesses should also be treated in a unique way.
For this, Ayurvedic treatment starts with identifying the unique individual constitution that is built up of 3 energy elements known as doshas. Balance between these three doshas indicates that a person is healthy and imbalance causes illness.
Tea tree essential oil is said to have equal effects on all the three doshas ( Vata, Kapha ir Pita), with its cooling and moisturizing energies.
The book on ‘Ayurveda and Aromatherapy’ states that Tea tree oil is extremely beneficial for skin, respiratory system and nervous system, it helps in bringing perfect balance between these doshas.
Benefits to the skin and hair
Tea tree essential oil has been proved 12 times better than carbolic acid that has been used as an antiseptic bactericide in primeval times. This is mainly because of its effectiveness in treating various skin ailments with its antimicrobial, fungicidal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant and antiviral properties.
This exemplary oil also has antiseptic and cicatrisant properties that promote wounds, boils, cuts, burns and rashes to heal quickly, is an excellent remedy for acne.
It reduces scars and marks by stimulating the growth of new skin cells and eliminates the dead skin cells.
Mix 2 drops of Tea tree oil with 15 drops of Jojoba oil or with your skin care cream or lotion and apply it on your acne for visible results and on your wounds for quicker healing. This blend is also effective on scars left by pox, accidents, acne, surgical and stretch marks.
Dandruff and lice are the major hair problems that screw your hair’s health most often. Being an effective fungicidal and antimicrobial oil, Tea tree oil fights against the harmful agents causing dandruff and nourishes the dry scalp with its moisturizing properties and it also kills head lice.
Add 2 drops of Tea tree oil in your mild shampoo and massage it gently on your scalp for quick relief.
Benefits to the respiratory system
Having enormous anti-infectious properties, Tea tree oil is one among the best essential oils for fighting against viral infections like cold, cough, congestion and other respiratory problems like sinusitis, bronchitis, tuberculosis, asthma and pharyngitis. Most of these problems start worsening when the infection spreads all over the system.
Tea tree oil fights against all kinds of contagious foreign bodies and arrest their further growth. The expectorant properties of this oil make it powerful in loosening the phlegm and mucous deposits that causes breathing difficulties.
Add 2 to 3 drops of Tea tree oil to warm bathing water and go for a refreshing bath. You can add 2 drops of this oil to steam inhalation (diffuser ), for opening blocked nasal passages, treat chest congestion and get relief from headache and sinusitis. You can also add 2 drops of Tea tree oil to your rub and gently massage on your chest, neck and back for significant relief.
Benefits to the mind
With its warm, spicy, refreshing, camphoraceous, soothing, aromatic-terpenic (monoterpenes of pine) fragrance pacifies and encourages the mind.
Tea tree oil is said to appease the mind and body after shock, anxiety, fear and fatigue.
Massaging your body with 5 drops of tea tree oil blended with 40 to 45 drops of coconut oil can help in uplifting your mood, relax the muscles, strengthen your emotions and alleviate stress and depression.
You can also add 3 drops of Tea tree oil to your burner, diffuser or vaporizer to encircle your mind with a clean and fresh feeling.
Guards against all kinds of infections!
Tea tree oil protects the body from harmful organisms and by killing the existing ones and preventing the growth of new ones. It strengthens your immunity and makes your body resistant against the effects of all kinds of infections.
Tea tree oil was proved as powerful as an antifungal remedy.
Add 2 drops of Tea tree oil in warm foot bath to cleanse your skin and kill the infectious agents on the skin followed by topical application of 2 drops of Tea tree oil with 8 drops of olive oil can help in treating fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm, fungal infection of the toenails, dermatitis, vaginal infections and other skin ailments caused due to fungi.
The study on ‘Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: a Review of Antimicrobial and Other Medicinal Properties’ proved that Tea tree oil is effective in fighting against numerous bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium avium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Escherichia coli and Streptococcus pyogenes.
This contributes to the antiseptic and antibiotic values of this oil.
This oil has been studied in Europe and US as an effective douching treatment for candida albicans.
5 drops of this oil added to 1 half pint of water can serve as a powerful vaginal douche.
Topical application of 2 drops of Tea tree oil mixed with 10 drops coconut oil aids in treating bed sores, psoriasis, abscesses, boils, wounds, insect bites, cold sores, diaper rashes, herpes, dermatitis, genito-urinary infections, cystitis, vaginal thrush, ear infections and deep wounds.
Other health benefits
As you can see, tea tree oil is an incredibly beneficial substance, has become a common ingredient in many popular anti-dandruff shampoos, acne soaps, skin care creams and lotions. Tea tree essential oil can provide relief from muscular pain, aches, and sprains because its strong chemical properties can work as an anti-inflammatory and also encourage blood flow to a specific area (being a stimulant), which speeds up the healing process and increases the rate of new tissue and cellular growth.
This essential oil kills bad breath bad, oral infections (as a gargle by adding 2 drops of this oil to warm water), cankers,flea bites, jock itch, mosquito bites, sciatica, ticks, seborrhea, sunburn, It is great for combating other skin problems, and much more…
It is also great for waxing when you want to prevent skin irritations from forming.
Be cautious when using tea tree oil. A couple of drops is generally all you need.
Although there are no inherent risks of topically applying tea tree oil, in some rare cases, people may be overly sensitive to the oil, as a form of a minor allergenic.
Parfume note: To Middle
Other oils that sweeten tea tree’s medicinal aroma include clary sage, geranium and marjoram.
Spice oils like nutmeg, clove and cinnamon increase the warm-woody notes of tea tree. This spicy blend is good for wintertime diffusion during the cold and flu season. Also blends well with lavender, lemon, myrrh, rosewood, rosemary and thyme essential oils.
Enjoy the many uses and benefits of this amazing oil, and discover for yourself why it has earned the name Australian gold!
Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
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