Tea Tree Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Tea Tree Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia

Oil Overview

Tea tree essential oil has a spicy, pungent smell and is very pale in color with a watery viscosity.

Oil Sources

Originating in Australia, Tea tree oil is extracted by steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

A-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.

Aroma

Spicy

Therapeutic Properties:

Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Bactericidal, Balsamic, Cicatrisant, Expectorant, Fungicide, Insecticide, Stimulant, Sudorific

Possible Uses

Acne, Asthma, Athletes Foot, Catarrh, Colds and Flu, Congestion, Coughs, Rashes, Respiration, Sinusitis, Skin Infection, Skin Sores, Stress, Tension, Whooping Cough, Wounds

Warnings

Irritant to Sensitive Skin

Detail of Warnings

Tea tree oil is considered a safe oil, as it is non-toxic and non-irritant, but some individuals show sensitizing to this oil.

Compatible Combination Oils

Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Rosewood, Thyme

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