Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

07/10/2013 admin Essential Oil Profiles



What is the Genus Species? Melaleuca alternifolia

Why is this information important? There are over 200 species of Melaleuca, and some species also have chemotypes. So this is definitely a plant you need to know a little information when selecting the essential oil you want to use!

chemotype (CT) is a designation that tells you that the species has different chemical constituents. This usually occurs because the plant is grown in a different area under a distinct climate that alters the chemistry.

Chemotypes and species information is extremely important when you are selecting an oil for a specific condition.

Remember, even though they may share some similar properties they are not at all the same. And they are used for different purposes.

The most popular Melaleuca species are presented below:

  • Melaleuca alternifolia – This oil is commonly known as Snake Oil or Tea Tree Oil. It has two chemotypes, but both contain terpinen-4-ol or terpinenol-4. This is the constituent that provides the medicinal benefits we all love. Some of the chemotypes contain 1, 8 cineole as well.
  • Melaleuca quinquenervia – This oil is commonly known as MQV, Nerolina or Niaouli Essential Oil. It has several chemotypes, but all contain 1, 8 cineol and viridiflorol. MQV is stimulating to the skin and was used to combat infection during World War II. It is very gentle and great for pet and animal use!
  • Melaleuca ericifolia – This oil is commonly known as Rosalina Oil or Lavender Tea Tree Oil. It has two chemotypes, but both contain linalol and 1, 8 cineol. Linalol is the constituent that makes it very similar to Lavender species. M. ericifolia contains 34-45 percent linalol. It is very gentle and less irritating to the skin.
  • Melaleuca leucadendron – This oil is commonly known as Cajuput Oil. It has two chemotypes, but both contain 1, 8 cineol. This is the constituent that makes it very similar to Eucalyptus species such as radiata, polybractea and globulus. Very effective antibacterial, antiparasitic and analgesic. Use to combat respiratory infection, toothache, arthritis and more!

Where is the name derived from? Melaleuca comes from a Greek word “melas” meaning “black” and the word “leukos” meaning “white”. Dark leaves and white bark!

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves

What is the ORAC Value? I don’t think it has been measured. But if you know, please let me know, and I will add it!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that the name Tea Tree was given by Captain James Cook? Captain Cook shortly after landing in Botany Bay, Australia in 1770 found that the leaves made a lovely spicy tea! The tea was used as a remedy by the European Settlers from that day forward!

What are the Plant Properties? Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiparasitic, decongestant, immune-stimulant, insecticidal, tissue regenerator.

What are the Documented Tea Tree Oil Benefits and Uses? Fungal infections (ringworm, sinus/lung infections, Candida, athletes foot), skin conditions (acne, sores), hair (dandruff), bronchitis, colds, flu, tonsillitis, tooth and gum disease, water retention and hypertension, wounds.

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil is refreshing and cleansing. It has a strong herbaceous and woody scent.

What is the Spiritual Influence? Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil eases mental stress and purifies the mind and body of emotional wounds. Once old wounds are released (or healed), the body can then change the behavioral patterns that led to the wounding to begin with.

This may be particularly helpful for those that play the victim or “poor me” role. Or have Candida, AIDS or Herpes (viral and fungal infections). The emotional roots are often associated with distrust of self or others, guilt and shame. Of all which, can be released with the assistance of Tea Tree.

What Chakra is Affected? This oil will actually expand all the chakras and then align them with the crown chakra.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Yellow and blue.

How do I use it?

Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
  • Directly inhale
  • Diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement.

Good oil for the First Aid Kit? Yes

Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however, use it diluted. I would NOT use it for cats or dogs unless it was of therapeutic quality! And best used topically, not internally.

MQV is a gentle species of melaleuca which is better for animal use. Still, I would search out an alternative oil for cats that has similar constituents, especially those that are already challenged with health issues.

Tea Tree is fantastic for dog ear infections and skin issues! Dilute with coconut oil and place in ear with cotton swap. Never directly drop essential oil in the ear! Add some lavender for calming and inflammation.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats especially poor quality oils! Tea Tree, pine and citrus oils in particular when not therapeutic grade. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) for internal consumption by the FDA. However, there are better oils to use for internal use that have similar properties.

Children under 6 years old should not use Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil as a dietary supplement. Children over 6 use cautiously.

Contact sensitization may develop with repeated use.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that the term Snake oil because Tea Tree could detoxify the site of a snake bite? Yes the Australian aborigines were surrounded with over 100 species of the most venomous snakes in the world.

You can see then, how when the United States was settled, Snake Oil became in popular demand. Unfortunately, many of the salesmen were selling Tea Tree that did not work? And they were named Snake Oil Salesmen!

Sorry to say, but there is still a great deal of this going on today! Please know your source and genus species of the oil you want to purchase!

Did you know that Dr. Penfold did a study in 1923 and found that Tea Tree essential oil was 12 times stronger then carbolic acid? Carbolic acid was used at the time as an antiseptic bactericide.

Did you know that the British Medical Journal of 1933 printed research saying that Tea Tree is “a powerful disinfectant and is non-poisonous and non-irritating”?

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