Melaleuca alternifolia Essential Oil is commonly referred to as Tea Tree Essential Oil or Snake Oil. Because the benefits of tea tree oil are so recognized, it is no doubt one of the most popular essential oils of all times.
It’s most known for its antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. For this reason, and that it enhances the immune system, it has been traditionally used for coughs, flu, bronchitis and colds.
But did you know that it is also effective for skin (acne, pimples, protects from radiation burns) and hair (oil controlling, dandruff and stimulates the scalp)?
Its regeneration properties also reduce scar tissue and swelling which makes it perfect for healing wounds, insect bites and acne.
Did you know that species of Melaleuca grow all over the world?
Yes, most of the time we immediately think of Australia. But, the Melaleucaspecies also grow in Guatemala, France, China and Florida! They love swampy areas, so the Florida Everglades is a perfect environment for one of the species!
Because there are so many species of Melaleuca and most companies don't label their bottles with the genus species, confusion and misuse is widespread. And it one of the most adulterated (chemicals added to it) oils on the planet along with rose, lavender, frankincense and eucalyptus species.
This is why in this section I have provided some of the most common species and what they are used for. Also, of course, is all the information you need for Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil.
It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
As I receive new tips and testimonials for Melaleuca alternifolia essential oilthey will be added to the page, so check back frequently!
What is the Genus Species? Melaleuca alternifolia
Why is this information important? There are over 200 species of Melaleuca, and some species also have chemotypes. So this is definitely a plant you need to know a little information when selecting the essential oil you want to use!
A chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant isgrown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.
Chemotypes and species information is extremely important when you are selecting an oil for a specific condition.
Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. And they are used for different purposes.
The most popular Melaleuca species are presented below:
Where is the name derived from? Melaleuca comes from a Greek word "melas" meaning "black" and the word "leukos" meaning "white". Dark leaves and white bark!
Why is this information so important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves
What is the ORAC Value? I don’t think it has been measured. But if you know, please let me know, and I will add it!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the name Tea Tree was given by Captain James Cook? Captain Cook shortly after landing in Botany Bay, Australia in 1770 found that the leaves made a lovely spicy tea! The tea was used as a remedy by the European Settlers from that day forward!
What are the Plant Properties? Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiparasitic, decongestant, immune-stimulant, insecticidal, tissue regenerator.
What are the Documented Tea Tree Oil Benefits and Uses? Fungal infections (ringworm, sinus/lung infections, Candida, athletes foot), skin conditions (acne, sores), hair (dandruff), bronchitis, colds, flu, tonsillitis, tooth and gum disease, water retention and hypertension, wounds.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil is refreshing and cleansing. It has a strong herbaceous and woody scent.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil eases mental stress and purifies the mind and body of emotional wounds. Once old wounds are released (or healed), the body can then change the behavioral patterns that led to the wounding to begin with.
This may be particularly helpful for those that play the victim or "poor me" role. Or have Candida, AIDS or Herpes (viral and fungal infections). The emotional roots are often associated with distrust of self or others, guilt and shame. Of all which, can be released with the assistance of Tea Tree.
What Chakra is Affected? This oil will actually expand all the chakras and then align them with the crown chakra.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow and blue.
How do I use it?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? Yes
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however, use it diluted. I would NOT use it for cats or dogs unless it was of therapeutic quality! And best used topically, not internally.
MQV is a gentle species of melaleuca which is better for animal use. Still, I would search out an alternative oil for cats that has similar constituents, especially those that are already challenged with health issues.
With the horses, I choose to use it in a specialty blend, rather than use it alone. The blends I use are professionally made and generally for cuts, wounds (ointment), and fungus infections such as scratches.
One of my favorite professionally blended oils for fungal infections is Melrose Essential Oil. If I have a horse that is scratching his tail out, I almost always but this on every day and within a week he stops. And the tail starts growing in much better!
Tea Tree or Melrose is fantastic for dog ear infections and skin issues! Dilute with coconut oil and place in ear with cotton swap. Never directly drop essential oil in the ear! Add some lavender for calming and inflammation.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats especially poor quality oils! Tea Tree, pine and citrus oils in particular when not therapeutic grade. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA. However, there are better oils to use for internal use that have similar properties.
Children under 6 years old should not use Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil as a dietary supplement. Children over 6 use cautiously.
Contact sensitization may develop with repeated use.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that the term Snake oil because Tea Tree could detoxify the site of a snake bite? Yes the Australian aborigines were surrounded with over 100 species of the most venomous snakes in the world.
You can see then, how when the United States was settled, Snake Oil became in popular demand. Unfortunately, many of the salesmen were selling Tea Tree that did not work? And they were named Snake Oil Salesmen!
Sorry to say, but there is still a great deal of this going on today! Please know your source and genus species of the oil you want to purchase!
Did you know that Dr. Penfold did a study in 1923 and found that Tea Tree essential oil was 12 times stronger then carbolic acid? Carbolic acid was used at the time as an antiseptic bactericide.
Did you know that the British Medical Journal of 1933 printed research saying that Tea Tree is “a powerful disinfectant and is non-poisonous and non-irritating"?
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