Such a useful essential oil. It can even be used as a natural effective treatment for head lice ... and much cheaper than the specially branded harsh chemical lice treatments.
Scent description: Fresh, warm, spicy-camphoraceous.
Extraction: Tea Tree essential oil is obtained by steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the tree or shrub. It produces a pale yellowy-green or water white liquid.
Constituents/Active Ingredients: Terpinene-4-ol (up to 30%), cineol, pinenes, terpinenes, cymene, sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpene alcohols, sabinene and myrcene amongst others.
General: Tea tree pure essential oil is 11 to 13 times as strong as carbolic acid. Scientific research has found it effective against all three varieties of infectious organism: bacteria, fungi and viruses. Tea tree oil is very important in the health of the immune system as it acts as an immuno-stimulant and increases the ability to fight off infections. It also revives the body and mind after shock. Tea tree is very effective for influenza, cold sores, catarrh, bronchial congestion, asthma, coughs, sinusitis. On the skin it can clear abscesses, acne, burns, herpes, oily skin, athlete's foot, nappy rash, warts, sunburn and infected wounds. It fights dandruff on the scalp. Vaporise to help eliminate airborne bacteria and viruses.
It is also effective in the treatment of head lice, applied to the scalp, leave for 40 minutes then wash the hair. Comb out eggs (black comb on blonde hair, white comb on dark hair to see the eggs). Repeat every two days for 12 to 14 days.
Protects skin during radiation treatment. Encourages regeneration of scar tissue and reduces swelling.
Tea tree oil is excellent for use on animals (fleas, ticks, etc) but please remember that ALL essential oils used on animals MUST be used far more diluted than for humans (0.5% to 2% maximum unless advised otherwise by vet). Excellent added to shampoos for dogs and horses. Speeds healing of minor cuts and abrasions on animals.
No home or first aid kit should be without this wonderful oil. Mixes particularly well with clary sage, clove, cinnamon, rose geranium, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg, rosemary and thyme.
Historical: Used in Aboriginal medicine for centuries. Name derives from its usage as a herbal tea prepared from the leaves. In World War II the producers and cutters of the tree were exempt from military service until enough tea tree essential oil had been accumulated. Each soldier and sailor was issued with tea tree oil as part of their kits to treat tropical infections and infected wounds.
Properties: Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-infectious, bactericidal, diaphoretic, fungicidal, immunostimulant, parasiticide, vulnerary, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, insecticide, sudorific.
Dilute to 4% or less in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Keep out of eyes. Do not swallow.
Pure Essential Oil of Tea Tree - a purely natural product.