Natural and Organic Skin Care

The Many Uses of Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Melaleuca, commonly known at Tea Tree, is from the botanical family Myrtaceae.  It is indigenous to Australia where it has been used for centuries by the Aborigines to heal cuts, wounds and skin infections.  The essential oil is extracted from the leaves and branches of the plants through steam distillation.  It is a wonderfully powerful and diverse essential oil.

 

 

It’s properties/actions include:

  • Anaglesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifugal
  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Decongestant
  • Digestive
  • Expectorant
  • Immune stimulant
  • Insecticidal
  • Neurotonic
  • Stimulant
  • Tissue regenerative

Some of the more common clinical applications/uses are for the treatment of:

  • Acne
  • Athletes foot
  • Bacterial infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Candida (yeast)
  • Canker sores
  • Cavities
  • Cystitis (Uterine Tract Infection)
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Cuts
  • Dermatitis/Eczema
  • Ear Infection
  • Flu
  • Fungal Infections
  • Gum Disease
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Infected wounds
  • Inflammation
  • Jock itch
  • Lice
  • MRSA
  • Nail Infection
  • Pink eye
  • Rashes
  • Ringworm
  • Shingles
  • Sore Throat
  • Staph Infection
  • Sunburn
  • Thrush
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Viral Infections
  • Warts
  • Wounds

Tea tree oil is non-toxic and non-irritant, although it has been reported to cause dermatitis in some individuals following use over an extended period of time.

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