Posted by: Angela | March 13, 2014

Tea Tree Oil – My Go-to Oil of Choice

Those of you who know me know how much faith I put in the ability of Tea Tree essential oil to work wonders for a myriad of different problems.  From allergy coughs, to aches and pains, to disinfecting surfaces to cleaning the air and to remove bad odors, I’ve used tea tree for all of those things, and more.  Below is a little bit about the oil and it’s uses (although not all of it) and ways in which to use it.  This is one of those few oils that, used very sparingly (like a drop or two), can be used neat on the skin. Neat, in aromatherapy lingo, means ‘as-is’ without a carrier oil or cream.  Always test to make sure your skin is not sensitive (basic skin test, put a drop on and wait probably about 24 hours to be sure there is no reaction).  Remember, a little is always better than more, and that goes for any essential oil you use.    I hope you enjoy this article.  More will be on the way.

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The information in this article is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained from a medical professional, and has not been approved by the U.S. FDA

For topical application only, not to be used internally.  If using in mouthwash or for gum /teeth problems, be sure to spit out and rinse with clean water.  Do Not Swallow.
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A compilation of information about Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil displays a number of remarkable properties making a very effective oil for a wide range of complaints. Foremost and what makes Tea Tree outstanding in comparison to other remedies, is that it is active against all three varieties of infectious organisms: Bacteria Fungi and Viruses. Independent microbiological testing has confirmed the effectiveness of Tea Tree oil in fighting infection is further backed up by its ability to protect itself and to respond appropriately.

Description
A tree or shrub with needle like leaves similar to cypress, with heads of
sessile pale flowers.

Distribution
Native to Australia. Other varieties of tea tree oil have been cultivated elsewhere, but Melaleuca alternifolia is not produced outside Australia, mainly is New South Wales.

History / Traditions
The narrow-leafed paper bark Tea Tree MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA is one member of an extensive botanical family – the Myrtaceae. All plants belonging to this family are aromatic because they have glandular dots in their leaves which, when crushed, release essential oils of varying amounts and constituents. There are a large group of plants in Australia known collectively as TEA TREES. The fact that the same name is commonly used to describe a very diverse and wide-spread botanical group of plants has led to some confusion. Also the fact that the essential oil derived from Melaleuca alternifloria has also been called Ti Tree oil, although Ti is the Maori name for the Cabbage tree (Cordyline Australis).  Aborigines used a number of tea trees in medicine for coughs, colds. The leaves were crushed and inhaled or soaked to make an infusion. Leaf washes were applied to pains, sores and burns.

Extraction
Essential oil by steam or water distillation from leaves and twigs.

Details of tea tree oil
A pale yellowy-green or water-white mobile liquid with a warm fresh,
spicy-camphoraceous odour.

Aromatherapy Uses of tea tree oil

SKIN CARE: Abscess, acne, athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, oily skin, rashes (nappy rash), spots, verrucae, warts, wounds.

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, tuberculosis, whooping-cough.

GENITO-URINARY SYSTEM:
Thrush, vaginitis, cystitis, pruitis.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Colds, fever, ‘flu, infectious illnesses such as chicken pox.

Properties of tea tree oil
Antiseptic/Bacterial Properties of tea tree oil
Treatment of cuts, burns, insect bites, infected splinters and all kinds of
wounds, especially dirty or ones which contain puss. As an antiseptic it is
valuable for general skin care, spots, acne and blackheads etc. As a general
disinfectant it is especially useful for respiratory or genito-urinary tract
infections i.e. bronchitis and sinusitis or cystitis.

Anti-fungal Properties of tea tree oil
Tea Tree’s effective treatment for ringworm, athletes foot, thrush (candida). It has also been used to combat fungal diseases affecting animals fish and plants.

Anti-viral Properties of tea tree oil
Viruses are the invading organisms responsible for most epidemic illnesses. As a powerful anti-viral agent, Tea Tree is effective in fighting many common infectious diseases such as measles, chicken pox, flu, cold and shingles, as well as other viral complaints i.e. cold sores, verrucae and warts.

Immuno-stimulant Properties of tea tree oil
It this context Tea Tree is of great value as a preventative remedy to help the body fight off all kinds of infection. Especially important if the body is
already in a weakened condition brought on by either stress, illness or the use of antibiotics or other drugs which have lowered the body’s natural resistance levels. It can be helpful to those who need to build up their strength before a surgical operation or for those suffering from chronic or long-standing debilitating illness. Its possible application to AIDS is also currently being researched.

Blends well with:
Lavandin, Lavender, Clary-sage, Rosemary, Oak moss, Pine, Cananga, Geranium, Marjoram and spice oils, especially clove and nutmeg.

Contra Indications
None

Safety
Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals. The
strength of Tea Tree oil should be respected and therefore large amounts should never be used neat on the body or in particularly sensitive areas.

Other benefits of tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is employed in soaps, toothpastes, deodorants, disinfectants,
gargles, germicides and increasingly in aftershaves and spicy colognes.

RECIPES
Steam Inhalations
2 drops of tea tree oil in a bowl of steaming water. Cover head and inhale for 5-10 minutes. To relieve congestion and fight infection.

Massage with Tea Tree oil
Add 3-5 drops of Tea Tree oil to 30ml (1oz) of carrier oil and massage in for rheumatic pain. Twice daily.

Bathing with Tea Tree oil
As a disinfectant measure add approximately 3-5 drops to the bath water. Helps with skin infections.

Immune System Treatment
Massage once weekly with a blend of 3-5 drops of Tea Tree oil to 30ml of base oil. To help strengthen the immune system.

Additional Information
Principal constituents: Terpinene-4-01 (up to 30%), cineol, pinene, terpinenes, cymene, sesquiterpenes, sespuiterpene alcohols.

courtesy : Kevala Centre Holistic Health

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CAUTION: Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed. As a result, it can cause drowsiness, poor muscle coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach upset. In rare cases, some people develop allergic reactions, such as inflammation of the skin.
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USES:
Renewed worldwide interest in natural medicines has resulted in a dramatic increase in the use of tea tree oil and the range of available tea tree products. The table below gives a brief description of the range of uses of tea tree oil and tea tree oil products.
USES AND BENEFITS OF TEA TREE OIL   

Head Lice    Tea tree oil can kill head lice; soak combs and brushes in tea tree oil and hot water solution to kill eggs and lice

Acne    Using tea tree oil soap and cream heals and prevents acne (Carson et al., 1994)

Dandruff    Using tea tree oil shampoo can calm inflammation and soothe irritated scalps

Cold sores    Tea tree oil kills the germs and bacteria causing cold sores

Rashes    Tea tree oil speeds healing of skin ailments and rashes (Hammer et al.,1994)

Athletes Foot    Massaging tea tree oil into affected areas soothes, heals and prevents further outbreak (Hammer et al., 1994)

Insect bites    Washing with tea tree soap and applying lotion can take the itch and/or sting from insect bites

Burns    Oil and lotions clean burns, soothe, and prevent bacterial infection (Faoagali et al., 1997)

Mouthwash and Inhalant     The vapour from tea tree oil can be inhaled to soothe sore throats, and tea tree mouthwashes refresh and prevent bad breath (Shapiro et al., 1994)

Aromatherapy    Pure tea tree oil used in an oil burner cleans the air and creates a relaxed mood

Home care    Tea tree oil cleaning products are available

Laundry    Tea tree oil laundry detergent is available

Massage    Adding 5-10 drops of tea tree oil to plain massage oil can be used on the entire body for a complete relaxation sensation

My favorite essential oil distributor is Appalachian Valley Natural Products.   A highly ethical company, and very affordable, they stand by the quality of their products.  You won’t hear the mlm words ‘therapeutic grade, GRAS’, or any other hype.  Pure essential oils,  tested for their purity and the reports to go with them if you want them.


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