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How can Tea Tree Oil Support the Immune System?

Tea Tree oil is one of the most famous essential oils, known for its antimicrobial qualities.

And from this reason, it is a wonderfully versatile oil to keep in your first-aid kit.

How can Tea Tree oil help the immune system?

The scientific name for this oil is Melaleuca alternifolia. It is a member of the Myrtaceae family, native to Australia. 

Tea tree is a small tree similar to the cypress in appearance, it has needle-like leaves with white flowerheads.

How can Tea Tree Oil Support the Immune System?

Traditional Use

Traditionally it was used by the Aboriginal tribes to for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. 

They use the tea tree to soothe cough, colds and sore throats, and to treat wounds and skin infections. 

Principal constituents

The composition of tea tree essential oil is variable and depending on climate, age of leaves, leaf maceration, and duration of distillation. 

Some of the active components are monoterpene and sesquiterpene as well as aromatic compounds, which the principal is the terpinen-4-ol.

Studies show that tea tree oil is active against all three types of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses.1,2

How is the oil produced?

The oil is steamed distilled from the needle-like leaves of the tea tree. 

How to describe tea tree scent?

The essential oil is a clear liquid with a medicinal scent reminiscent of eucalyptus, mint and spice undertones.

Tea tree essential oil has a middle note fragrance and carries a fresh, medicinal aroma.

It blends well with several other essential oils including; eucalyptus, pine, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, geranium, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg, rosewood, rosemary and thyme.

How to use tea tree oil?

It is very simple to use tea tree oil, add 5 drops of essential oil to an oil diffuser or oil burner and diffuse it in your house.

The water and essential oils evaporate as steam, letting the aroma of the essential oils fill the room and disinfect the air.

A massage with a tea tree blend can Fights cold and flu symptoms:

If you are suffering from a buildup of phlegm, you can try this natural remedy for mucus loosening rub:

Add 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to 10 ml of carrier oil (any base oil- almond, grape seed, olive, coconut…) and massage into the back, chest and shoulders.

Other uses

1. skin blemish and acne- 

As a powerful, natural antibacterial, it inhibits a broad spectrum of bacteria and cleanses and protects skin blemishes.

Use with a cotton bud one drop directly on the blemish spot, once a day after washing your face. If your skin is sensitive dilute first one drop in 1/2 teaspoon essential oil and apply the mixture on your skin.

2. It also has strong deodorizing action

You can make a room spray by combining 300 ml water, 1 tbsp sodium bicarbonate and 10 drops tea tree oil. Mix well and spray around the house.

3. It can be added to coconut oil or shea butter to help treat athlete’s foot.

4. Tea tree helps to fight cystitis and other genital infections. You can add a few drops to your bath. When adding Essential oil to the bath always dilute first in a carrier oil, to prevent skin reaction.

Safety usage :

One of the active ingredients in this oil called terpinen-4-ol (30%) is not suitable for people with sensitive skin. You should always dilute this oil before applying it on your skin. 

In general, it is non-irritant in dilutions of less than 10 per cent. Non-toxic externally.

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