TEA TREE OIL

Plant Family
Myrtaceae

Description and Distribution

A small tree growing to about 23 feet (7m) with small needle like leaves and bottlebrush-like yellowy or purplish flowers.
The tree native to New South Wales in  Australia.

Nature of the Oil

A pale yellow liquid.   The aroma is strong and medicinal, reminiscent of a mixture of juniper and cypress.  The odour effect is cooling and head-clearing.

Main constituents

Terpine-4-ol, cineol, pinene, terpenes, cymene.

Properties

Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral, fungicidal, parasiticidal, immunostimulant

Aroma therapeutic Uses

Acne, athlete’s foot, abscesses, cold sores, dandruff, ringworm, warts, burns, wounds, insect bites and stings, respiratory ailments, colds and flu, thrush, cystitis.

Cautions

There are many reports of minor skin reactions caused by tea tree.   Unfortunately, the market is flooded with adulterated and modified versions of the Oil and this may explain why it does not always live up to its begin reputation.   Caution should be exercised if the oil is used neat or in high concentration.   Formal skin tests carried out on human involved 1 per cent dilutions of the oil.   The potential irritant or sensitizing effects or regular applications at higher levels is still unknown.

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