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Botanical Name: Melaleuca
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: The Tea Tree is a small
tree or shrub with needle-like leaves. It is also domestically referred to as
Ti-tree. It can grow up to 7 meters (20 feet) in height and thrives in marshy
areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations. The Tea Tree is very robust;
it is ready for cutting only two years after its previous harvest.
Color: Pale yellow to colorless
Common Uses: Tea Tree essential oil
is best known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight all
three categories of infectious organisms (Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses), and
there is evidence that Tea Tree oil massage prior to an operation may help to
fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock, Used in vapor therapy, Tea
Tree oil can help with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections. For skin
and hair, Tea Tree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice and
dandruff. As essential oils have become more accepted by the public, the use of
Tea Tree has increased significantly. This can be readily evidenced by the
commercial products now using Tea Tree essential oil.
Strength of Aroma: Medium to Strong
Blends well with: Tea Tree essential
oil blends particularly well with Cinnamon, Clary sage, Clove, Geranium,
Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme.
Aromatic Scent: Tee Tree essential
oil has a fresh, Antiseptic and medicinal scent. It also has characteristic
mint and spice back-notes.
History: The aboriginal people of
Australia have long used Tea tree oil; similarly, Tea tree has a long history
of use within the field of aromatherapy. In World War Two, the producers and
the cutters of Tea Tree were exempt from military service until enough
essential oil had been accumulated. The oil was a highly valued product as it
was issued to each soldier and sailor as part of their kit in order to treat
tropical infections and infected wounds.
Cautions: Tea Tree essential oil may
cause dermal sensitization in some people. Do not take internally.
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