Tea Tree

Melaleuca alternifolia

Origin: Australia
Family: Myrtaceae
Part used: Leaves in flower

Tea tree is a species of tall shrub endemic to Australia. It grows along streams and on swampy flats and generally dominates the habitat where it occurs. It was used widely by indigenous Australians prior to colonisation and has been popular since the early 20th century when it's useful molecular compounds were established. It is considered a must-have in every home pharmacy due to its antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and insecticde properties. It is often referred to as a medicine cabinet in a bottle.
Often confused with:
A strong anti-bacterial and anti-microbial for treating skin conditions and congestion. Gentle aroma.
An effective anti-fungal for treating respiratory conditions and supporting the immune system. Sweeter aroma.
Fragrance notes
A strong, sharp, mildly acrid, camphor-like aroma. Often described as medicinal and astringent it has notes of fresh wood and earth.

Blending notes
Blends well with: Rosemary Cineol, Manuka, Lavender True and Lemon.
The indigenous people of Australia are likely the longest standing practitioners of healing with Tea Tree, for a wide range of topical and oral applications. When the first European settlers arrived in the 18th century, they learned how to use the leaves for their own healing applications. But Tea Tree remained largely a bush remedy for 150 years until the 1920s, when an Australian chemist, Arthur Penfold, distilled the oil and discovered its antiseptic and antifungal properties. Tea Tree has since been confirmed as having a host of healing benefits including antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, insecticide and as a stimulant. It has become a household name indicated for a number of conditions such as cuts, head lice, ringworm, thrush, tonsillitis and gingivitis. It has also been used for foot problems and nail bed infections, as well as being promoted as an efficient expectorant and helpful for sore throats.

Please note: the traditional uses listed here are for reference only and should not be taken as recommendations for treatment, or cure, of any disease or medical condition. Therapeutic plant oils are used to support natural body processes towards improved health and wellbeing.
Minor wounds
Add 5 drops to a bowl of warm water (.25-.5 litres), add a little salt and bathe wound using a face cloth. Repeat daily. Keep out of eyes.

Air purification
Diffuse 5 drops when cold or flu is present. Repeat hourly. Add an additional 5 drops of Lemon to enhance the scent and effectiveness.

Fungal feet and athletes foot
Add 5 drops to a foot bath. A drop dabbed directly onto the infected area is also beneficial. Repeat regularly while required.

Nail bed infection
Add 1-2 drops directly to the area of concern. Repeat regularly while required.

Respiratory support
Add 10 drops to the bath or diffuser and repeat for at least 5 consecutive days. Add 5 drops of Eucalyptus Blue Gum and 5 drops of Lavender Spike to aid the effectiveness and enhance the scent. Therapeutic baths should not exceed 15 minutes.
Blend 3 drops with 20 drops Jojoba Oil: Golden and apply the mixture to the affected areas with a cotton ball or a clean fingertip.
Safety considerations
May be irritating to sensitive skin. If using in the mouth, do NOT swallow. Safe to use with other medication when necessary. If accidentally ingested do not induce vomiting, follow with olive oil or milk and seek advice from a health specialist. Avoid contact with eyes - flush with water. Keep out of reach of children.

Please note: Therapeutic plant oils are used to support natural body processes for optimum health and wellbeing. The information here is NOT meant as a recommendation to cure any medical condition or disease.
Key ingredients
100% pure Melaleuca alternifolia, distilled leaves and flowers, Australia
Key component
Terpinene-4-ol, gamma-Terpinene, alpha-Terpinene, Paracymene, 1,8-Cineol