Tea Tree Oil uses and health benefits

Tea Tree Oil Uses and Health Benefits


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

 Here are some examples of using the essential oil of tea tree………..

 In massage

 - To protect your skin from bacteria, add a few drops of essential oils of tea tree on your hands before performing a massage.

 - In case of bronchitis, mix two drops of tea tree, two drops of eucalyptus oil and two drops of cinnamon.  Massage your chest with this preparation four times a day until improvement.

 - To relieve prostatitis, massage the lower abdomen and back twice a day using a mixture of two drops of essential oils of tea tree, and two drops of cypresses clove.

 - To fight against mental and physical fatigue, rub your feet in the morning with one or two drops of tea tree essential oil.

 Against acne pimples,

  • Take a cotton pad or cotton bud or tissue and pour few drops of tea tree oil into it
  • Then apply this on the acne spots like dabbing it gently and leave it like that for few hours or for overnight so that the redness and swelling will be reduced.
  • Remember that to use 100% pure tea tree oil but not the products that contain tea tree oil.
  • Repeat the same process regularly to get relief from the acne now and in future.

 - To fight against impetigo, apply three times a day a mixture of a drop of tea tree oil and a drop of geranium.  Reapply until improvement.

 - To appease the seborrhoea, add to your shampoo a drop of essential oil of tea tree, a drop of essential oil of palmarosa and a drop of essential oil of Atlas cedar.

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In the bath

To calm your skin problems, add one to two drops of essential oil of tea tree in your shampoo or shower gel.  This mixture is a good remedy for dandruff, oily hair, acne, psoriasis, etc.

To clear the air of a room, prepare a mixture of four drops of tea tree and seven drops of lemon verbena.  Let the mixture spread into a hot bowl of water or in a diffuser, and let the steam rise into the room.

 The cons-indications of the essential oil of tea tree

 - The use of essential oil of tea tree is prohibited during the first three months of pregnancy.

 - You should not abuse this essential oil because it dries the skin.

 Caution: essential oils are not suitable for everyone!  People with chronic diseases and elderly people should seek medical advice before using essential oils.