Melaleuca Essential Oil

Also known as tea tree oil, melaleuca essential oil is one of the best-known antibacterial and antiviral of all aromatherapy oils. It is extremely effective when used for aromatherapy in cases of infection, especially respiratory infections like bronchitis and chest colds. It also makes a good chest rub when combined with massage oil, or a gargle for sore throats when mixed in warm water or aloe juice.

There are two types, alternifolia and quinquenervia.

Melaleuca alternifolia {Melaleuca alternifolia}

Botanical Family:

Extraction: Steam distilled from leaves

Properties: Anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic, decongestant for veins; use for athlete's foot, respiratory infections, gum disease, sore throat, rash, tonsillitis, phlebitis, candida, ingrown nails, warts, wounds

Uses: Diffuse or apply topically

Fragrant Influence: Promotes cleansing and purity

Melaleuca quinquenervia {Melaleuca quinquenervia}

Botanical Family: Myrtaceae

Extraction: Steam distilled from leaves and limbs

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral; relieves mucus in respiratory passages; digestive tonic; may help with respiratory infections and allergies

Uses: Diffuse or apply topically

Fragrant Influence: Sweet and delicate

Aromatherapy blending

  • All Citrus
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary CT cineol
  • Thyme

Tips for usage

Because of its many antiseptic uses, melaleuca or tea tree oil should be a staple in the home medicine chest.

Dab a drop of it into skin lotion and apply to an insect bite or cut.

Add a couple drops to water for an effective mouth rinse and gargle.

Massage a small diluted amount into gums for dental infection.

Sprinkle a few drops onto a handkerchief or cloth and hang it in the closet to keep pests away from clothing and keep the closeted area smelling fresh and clean.

Add a few drops to cotton balls and store them in a sock or open cloth bag in your drawers.

You can do this with most other aromatic essential oils too.

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