Tea Tree Oil
Description & Extraction:
It is a small tree from New South Wales in Australia, similar to Cypress, with needle-like leaves and heads of sessile yellow or purplish flowers and grows to about
7 meters (20 feet) high and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations. It has a light spicy, rather pungent smell and is very pale in color with
a watery viscosity. Tea tree oil is extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia of the Myrtaceae family and is also known as ti-tree, ti-trol and melasol. It is extracted from the
leaves and twigs by steam distillation and the yield is about 1.8%.
Blends well with:
Tea tree essential oils normally blend well together, tea tree oil blends particularly well with cinnamon, clary sage, clove, geranium, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg,
rosewood, rosemary and thyme.
The main chemical components of tea tree oil (also referred to as ti-tree oil) are a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole,
y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.
Tea tree oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.
Benefits, Uses & Precautions:
• Tea tree oil is very important in the health of the immune system, as it acts as a immuno-stimulant and increases the body's ability to fight off any infections, while
it also is used to revive the mind and body after shock.
• The world over, this oil is used with great effectiveness to ward of infections of any kind, and it is active in all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacteria
• fungi and
• It can help with influenza, cold sores, catarrh, glandular fever and gingivitis.
Tea tree oil is one of the most powerful immune stimulant oils and helps fight infections of all kinds and helps clear the skin.