Tea tree is sometimes called by its genus name of Melaleuca. The tree is native to Australia and can also be grown in South Africa for its oil. To extract the essential oil, tea tree leaves are steam distilled.
Tea tree essential oil has a very distinctive ‘medicinal’ aroma. Tea tree essential oil has a very distinctive ‘medicinal’ aroma – it smells fresh, woody, earthy and herbaceous. A blend of tea tree and lemon essential oils has a very ‘clean’ smell and is ideal for using in homemade cleaning products – for the aroma as well the anti-microbial properties of this blend. The high levels of terpinen-4-ol as well as alpha-and gamma-terpinene in tea tree oil account for its aroma and antimicrobial effectiveness. The essential oil blends well with cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, thyme and the citrus oils.
The beneficial properties of tea tree/melaleuca essential oil
The beneficial properties of tea tree have been known by the Australian Aboriginal peoples for centuries. Tea tree oil will boost the immune system, making it great to use during winter when there is the onslaught of winter illness to deal with and lowered immunity due to inactivity and a lack of sunshine. This essential oil will also boost your mood. If you are feeling fatigued or are battling SAD (seasonal affected disorder), turn to the uplifting aroma of tea tree. Diffuse tea tree oil to disinfect the air as well as lift your mood!
Tea tree can make a good decongestant in respiratory support blends. It has shown to be effective against bacteria, fungi and viruses, making it useful for tinea, dandruff, colds and flus, and acne and skin conditions. This is one of my ‘must have’ essential oils as it is so valuable around the home!