The tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia in Latin) is a tree that can measure from 2-30 meters high. It has green spiny leaves and yellow flowers in clusters and / or purple.
What is the essential oil of tea tree?
This tree is native to Australia, but you can also find it in Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, Madagascar and New Caledonia. It grows mostly in wetlands.
Tea tree essential oil is obtained by distilling the leaves and young twigs. Normally colourless, tea tree oil can also be pale yellow. Its smell is particularly powerful: woody and slightly camphor.
The benefits of tea tree essential oil
The essential oil of the tea tree has antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiviral and disinfectant qualities. It strengthens the immune system and protects the skin (acne, sunburn).
It also has anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, immunostimulant, antifungal and antiseptic qualities.
The main uses of tea tree oil are –
– Tea tree oil positively affects many skin problems (acne, eczema, fungal infections, burns) and hair (dandruff, lice).
– It soothes wounds, varicose veins, varicose ulcers, haemorrhoids.
– On the palate care: mouth ulcers, gingivitis and tooth abscess.
– Against ENT infections: otitis, tonsillitis, flu-like symotoms.
– The tea tree is also used for heart, physical or mental fatigue.
Using the essential oil of the tea tree