Tea Tree Essential Oil Down Under
Ga’day mates, this week’s featured essential oil is found down-under. Tea Tree essential oil is as important to an Aussie as a jar of Vegemite. This powerful essential oil is a staple in every Australian family’s medicine cabinet.
Tea Tree essential oil is a very popular oil in aromatherapy. Unlike its name suggests, it is not from the same source we get our tea beverage from. It is not related to Tea Oil which is derived from the seed of the common tea plant.
Tea Tree is from the Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to Australia, which can grow up to twenty feet. It thrives in marshy areas and is very robust. The pale yellow to colorless oil has a thin consistency but is very strong. It has a fresh, antiseptic, medicinal aroma. The oil is steamed distilled from the leaves of the tree. Tea Tree can be diffused or applied topically, but could cause some skin sensitization. However it should never be taken internally.
The Aborigines in the outback of Australia used it for healing. During World War II cultivators and cutters were exempted from military service until enough Tea Tree was harvested for issue to GI’s in the South Pacific. Every soldier and sailor used Tea Tree oil because it was effective against tropical infections and infected wounds.
This essential oil is known as a cure all in Australia. Every household keeps a bottle on hand for multiple uses. The oil is best known for being a powerful immune stimulant and its ability to fight Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses. In 1923, carbolic acid was used extensively as a bacteria fighting agent, until Dr. A.R. Penfold found Tea Tree’s antiseptic properties were 13 times more effective.
Researchers have found the oil activates the white blood cells, the body’s first line of defense. Proven to be effective against microbes such as protozoa the cause of many the tropical diseases. Tea Tree Essential Oil has been found to also aid with the effects of radiation.
Tea Tree has balsamic properties that help the body absorb the vitamins from food more effectively. It also has a cicatrizing property which allows it to heal wounds faster, protect from infections and reduce scarring from wounds, acne and eruptions.
Another characteristic of Tea Tree is that it is a sudorific, which allows the body to sweat more. This helps the body to remove harmful toxins like uric acid and excess salt and water. This opens pores and moistens the skin which allows the body to stay cooler.
Research has shown, when used before surgery it strengthens the body and reduces the effects of post operative shock. Tea Tree Oil has seen a surge of use commercially as can be seen by the plethora of skin and hair products, now using this essential oil.