Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtle: shrubs and trees)
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves
Common Primary Uses: Acne, Allergies, Aneurysm, Athlete’s Foot, Bacterial Infections, Boils, Bronchitis, Candida, Canker Sores, Cavities, Chicken Pox, Cleansing, Cold Sores, Colds (Common), Coughs, Cuts, Dermatitis/Eczema, Dry/Itchy Eyes, Ear Infection, Earache, Flu (Influenza), Fungal Infections, Gum Disease, Hepatitis, Herpes Simplex, Hives, Immune System (Stimulates), Infected Wounds, Infection, Inflammation, Jock Itch, Lice, MRSA, Mumps, Nail Infection, Pink Eye, Rashes, Ringworm, Rubella, Scabies, Shingles, Shock, Sore Throat, Staph Infection, Sunburn, Thrush, Tonsillitis, Vaginal Infection, Varicose Ulcer, Viral Infections, Warts, Wounds
Common Application Methods: Melaleuca oil be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.
Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Take in capsules.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, a strong antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, stimulant, and tissue regenerative.
Historical Uses: The leaves of the melaleuca tree (or tea tree) have been used for centuries by the aborigines to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections. With twelve times the antiseptic power of phenol, it has some strong immune-building properties.
French Medicinal Uses: Athlete’s foot, bronchitis, colds, coughs, diarrhea, flu, periodontal (gum) disease, rash, skin healing, sore throat, sunburn, tonsillitis, vaginal thrush.
Other Possible Uses: Melaleuca oil may help burns, digestion, hysteria, infectious diseases, mites, and ticks.
Body System(s) Affected: Immune and Respiratory Systems, Muscles and Bones, Skin.
Aromatic Influence: It promotes cleansing and purity.
Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Melaleuca oil, in general, is approved by the FDA (21CFR172.510) for use as a Food Additive (FA) or Flavoring Agent (FL). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization.
Blend Classification: Enhancer and Equalizer.
Blends With: All citrus oils, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, and thyme.