Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil has 92 different compounds and ranges in color from pale yellow to clear. It has been described as having a fresh, camphor-like smell and can grow small like a shrub or as a tree, 100 feet tall. Melaleuca alternifolia is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. The name “tea tree”, probably originated around the 1770’s from Captain James Cook, who made an infusion of the melaleuca leaves and water to drink in place of tea.
In the 1920’s, Arthur Penfold from Australia investigated a number of native extracted oils which prompted him to start the commercial tea tree industry. There are 8 species of tea tree that are cultivated for their extracted oil. Melaleuca alternifolia remains the most important commercially.
Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. For centuries the Australian Aboriginals would crush the leaves and inhale the oils vapors to promotes feelings of clearer airways. They would also apply the crushed leaves to the skin to act as a bandage while obtaining relief from its cooling effect.
Melaleuca can support a healthy complexion and can help purify the skin and nails. Cleaning your homes surfaces with tea tree can help protect against environmental threats. When taken internally, Melaleuca promotes healthy immune function.
Properties of Melaleuca alternifolia include (alphabetically):
Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, a strong antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, stimulant, and tissue regenerative.
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