Probably one of the most commonly used essential oils, it has a long history of use in holistic care, especially as an anti-fungal agent. It is excellent for skin conditions including insect bite and eczema; in addition it has strong anti-viral properties useful for colds and sore throats, as inhalations and gargles. It is one of the most powerful immune system stimulants and sorts out most viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a snap, while it is great to clean wounds and also relieves muscle aches and pains.
Origin of Tea tree
It is a small tree from New South Wales in Australia, similar to Cypress, with needle-like leaves and heads of sessile yellow or purplish flowers.
Properties of Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is cooling and moisturizing, which also acts as fungicidal, vulnerary, antiseptic, anti-infection, expectorant, stimulant, antiviral, antibacterial and antipyretic.
Most common Uses
· Tea tree acts as an immuno-stimulant and increases the body`s ability to fight off any infections.
· It can ward off the infections of three types of germs namely bacteria, fungi and viruses.
· It can help with influenza, cold sores, catarrh, glandular fever and gingivitis.
· A course of massage with tea tree oil before an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock.
· It is also most effective to help clear bronchial congestion, asthma, coughs, sinusitis, whooping cough and tuberculosis.
· On the genito-urinary system, it can be used to help clear vaginal thrush, cystitis and genital infections in general.
Tea tree mixes well with: lavender, clove, rosemary, geranium, Neroli, Trifolia, chamomiles, eucalyptus and Niaouli.