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Tea Tree
Botanical Name Melaleuca alternifolia
Origin Australia
Description Tea-tree is native to Australia and has been used for centuries by the Aborigines. Tea-tree oil is gentle enough to be used undiluted, but it is also a very powerful immuno-stimulant and is active against bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Extraction Steam or water distillation from leaves
Fragrance Spicy, medicinal, warm; similar to Eucalyptus, but softer
Properties Antibiotic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-viral, Anti-bacterial, Expectorant, Fungicidal, Immuno-stimulant, Vulnerary, Anti-parasitic, Balsamic, Cardiotonic, Diaphoretic, Cicatrisant, Neurotonic
Aromatherapy Use Cleansing, purifying, uplifting strengthening - the latter attribute being of particular benefit both before surgery, and during convalescence.
Medicinal Uses

A potent, antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial oil. Also good against yeast infections such as thrush and Candida. Anti-inflammatory. It is usually non-irritating - test a small area of skin; if irritation occurs, wash the area with soap and water, and use the oil diluted. If no irritation occurs, apply directly to insect bites and stings to neutralize and soothe. Tea tree can be used to treat wounds, rashes, acne, cold sores, athelete’s foot, and infections on any part of the body; used as a chest rub, Tea Tree is used to treat chest colds and flu.

Other Uses

Inhalation, diffuser, compress, room spray; Hair and skin care, chest rub, steam, after-shave.
Tea Tree can also be used in cleaners and in the laundry.

Emotions, Psyche: Cleansing, Stimulating
Safety Info Possibly sensitizing in some individuals


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