The tea tree is a small Australian tree related to the eucalyptus tree. The essential oil is distilled form the tree’s leaves, which are small and needle-like.
When the British explorer James Cook first arrived in Australia in 1777, he found the native aborigines treating skin infections with the crushed leaves of the tea tree. Almost two centuries later, scientists discovered that the oil released by crushing the leaves has powerful anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. it’s even effective against the most stubborn fungal infection, the kind that thickens and discolors toenails.
To heal any kind of fungal infection, apply 100% tea tree oil twice a day to the affected skin. Never ingest the oil: Swallowing as little as a few teaspoons can prove fatal.
Tea tree essential oil is a strong antifungal and antibacterial oil but is generally mild to the skin. In damp climates, tea tree oil has been used in air ventilation systems to reduce mold growth.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Odor Intensity: Very High
Burns and bruises
Colds and flu
Coughs and catarrh
Cold sores, mouth ulcers
Cuts, burns, bites
Herpes, chicken pox
Aroma: Pungent, aggressive, camphor-like, clean
Parts Used: Leaves
Essential Oils Properties: antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, diaphoretic, expectorant, immune stimulant, antiparasitic, vermifuge, vulnerary.
Emotional Concerns: Tea Tree oil is good for cases of depression and low self-esteem.
Contraindications: Tea Tree may be a possible irritant to sensitive skin despite its reputation as safe for neat application.
Tree Tea Shampoo:
1 large jug of peppermint tea with two tea bags
Tea Tree oil.
Make up the peppermint tea and let it cool. Add ten drops of tea tree oil. Pour over head as a final rinse.