Tea Tree/Melaleuca Essential Oil

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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!

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Author: Rebecca Tichbon

Rebecca Tichbon originally qualified as a Medical Scientist and then she fell into a health and science teaching career higher education Beck now runs two successful wellness businesses in Bunbury, Western Australia, and is about to publish her first book. To get to where she is now, Beck has been through many trials and tragedies; she shares her story in her book. Beck is passionate about women’s wellbeing and finds fulfilment in supporting others on their own wellness journeys through her all of her work.

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