Lesson 32: Essential Oil – Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Foundational Aromatherapy pages 147-148
Tea Tree is sometimes called a “Medicine Chest in a Bottle.” It has been proven to be a powerful immune stimulant and effective in defending against all three infection types—bacterial, viral, and fungal. Tea Tree is safe for all ages. Most people are familiar with this oil and many times it is the only oil they have ever used.
➢ Non-toxic, non-irritant, possibly sensitizing in some people in very large doses
Tried and True Uses
✓ Very effective in fighting all types of microbes— viral, fungal, and bacterial.
✓ Very powerful immune stimulant.
✓ Helps the body utilize the additional oxygen created in the cells by the use of essential oils.
✓ Kills destructive bacteria while leaving friendly bacteria needed to stay healthy; disinfects the digestive system.
✓ Useful for chronic conditions, including respiratory, urinary, digestive, hormonal, skin, joints, and psychological.
✓ Highly effective for sore throats and upper respiratory problems.
✓ Perfectly safe for both children and adults in fighting infections.
✓ A powerful aid for healing skin wounds or infections.
How Do I Use It?
SOAK IN THE TUB – For a sitz bath to relieve rashes and infections in the genital area. Mix 2-4 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in warm water; soak twenty minutes.
IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minute intervals every two hours during the day.
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.
SPRITZ & SPRAY – Mix 8-10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled water. Shake before each use, mist lightly on area of concern or all over the body, avoiding eyes when misting face area.
RUB IT IN – Add 3-4 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil, lotion, or cream. Massage into areas needing relief.
PUT IT ON – Apply 1-2 drops, or in a carrier, on bottom of feet. Drop 1-2 drops on location for cuts, sore, fungus, etc. Mix 1 drop with 2 drops of carrier oil, rub around outside of ear for relief. Never use in the ear. 1 drop on pinky finger, lick off, swish in mouth and swallow.
BLENDS WELL WITH – Rosemary, Ravensara, Lavender, Mailette, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata Black Pepper, Lemongrass, Bergamot
- Antibacterial – destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
- Antimicrobial – kills or suppresses growth of microbes
- Decongestant – reduces nasal mucus productions
- Immunostimulant – stimulates
- Parasiticide – kills parasites
- Vasodilator – dilates blood vessels
- Vulnerary – heals wounds
Empowered, Intelligent, Promising, Loving, and Gentle
Key Body Systems:
Immune, Respiratory, and Skin
BOTANICAL NAME: Melaleuca alternifolia
WHERE GROWN: Australia, South Africa
AROMA: camphoraceous, fresh, herbaceous
PRODUCING ORGAN: leaves
EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation
NOTE (EVAPORATION RATE): top-middle
Main Chemical Families:
MONOTERPENES-Decongestive to the muscular and respiratory systems, warming, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, air purifier
SESQUITERPENES-anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic
MONOTERPENOLS – prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin
OXIDES- strong respiratory decongestant, antiviral, pain reliever, mental stimulant
MYRTACEAE- antiseptic, reduces respiratory infections, tonic for immune system
“My favorite essential oil is Tea Tree. I brush my teeth with it at night. Sometimes I brush with Spearmint when I am going out. I love the aroma.“
“I had the beginnings of a sore throat and remembered that Tea Tree was good for this. I put a drop on my finger and took two licks. My sore throat was gone immediately.“
*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.
Passport to Aromatherapy pages 107-108