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Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

What is Tree Tea Oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil with color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly clear and colorless. It is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.  The use of the name probably originated from Captain Cook’s description of one of these shrubs, that he used to make an infusion, to drink in place of tea.

The commercial tea tree oil industry originated in the 1920s when Arthur Penfold, an Australian, investigated the business potential of a number of native extracted oils; he reported that tea tree oil had promise as it exhibited powerful antiseptic properties.

Tea tree essential oil is made from the steam distillation of leaves from the narrow-leaf tea tree plant. To treat allergies, massage tea tree oil blended with a carrier oil onto the chest, abdomen or the reflex points of the feet.

 

Tea Tree Oil

Aroma

Herbaceous and woody

Plant Properties

Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic.

Benefits

Curing fungal infections, acne, dandruff, bronchitis, colds, flu, tonsillitis, tooth and gum disease, water retention, hypertension, and wounds.

Blends with:

Basil, bergamot, black pepper, German chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, nutmeg, oakmoss, oregano, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rosemary, thyme, and ylang ylang oils

 

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