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Australian Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

June 29, 2017 0 Comments

Australian Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

English name: Tea Tree

Latin name: Melaleuca alternifolia

Family: Myrtaceae

Appearance: A small tree or shrub, with needle-like leaves, with heads of white flowers.

Distribution: Native to Australia. Also grown commercially in South Africa.

Actions: anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, immuno-stimulant, parasiticide, vulnerary

Therapeutic Uses: Abscess, acne, asthma, athlete's foot, blisters, bronchitis, burns, catarrh, cold sores, colds, coughs, cystitis, dandruff, fever, flu, herpes, infected wounds, insect bites, nappy rash, oily skin, pruritus, sinusitis, spots, thrush, tuberculosis, vaginitis, warts, whooping cough

Home use: Killing airborne molds, bacteria, and viruses. Will kill molds down to the roots in tile grouts but will not remove the stain.

Extraction: Essential oil by steam distillation of leaves and twigs

Essential oil appearance: Colorless to pale-yellow clear thin liquid with a warm, fresh, spicy, camphoraceous scent. 

Blends well with: Lavandin, Lavender, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Pine, Ylang, Geranium, Marjoram, Clove, and Nutmeg