Tea tree

Melaleuca alternifolia

The tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) native to Australia, belongs to the Myrtacaea family.

  • Bath

  • Skin application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Essential oil of tea tree, which is very well tolerated, should preferably be used diluted, especially in sensitive subjects.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years, persons with kidney problems, persons allergic to one of the components (limonene), persons with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use.

Acne
1 drop of essential oil of tea tree. Apply on spots, tip by tip, three times daily until improvement.

Mild burns, child cuts
4 drops of essential oil of true lavender, 2 drops of essential oil of tea tree. Apply this mixture on the wounds three times daily for three days. (Not suitable for children under the age of three years.)

Childhood sore throat
Give the child three times daily for six days, 1 drop of essential oil of tea tree in some honey. (Not suitable for children under the age of six years.)

3 drops of essential oil of tea tree, 2 drops of neutral plant oil. You can also use the above mixture applied to the neck (lymph nodes), sternum or the chest, three times daily until recovery.

It is leafy, with upright branches and evergreen, it can reach up to seven metres and has small lanceolate leaves. Its fruits are small capsules containing elongated seeds and its flowers have five petals and are very fragrant.

Why call a tree that has nothing to do with tea "tea tree"? It was discovered in Australia by the naturalists accompanying Cook on his second voyage in the Endeavour (1772-1775), when it was given this misleading name. Did its leaves actually replace the tea that the great navigator's crew lacked so direly? Another version says that an Australian lake where ill people who bathed in it were healed was surrounded by beneficial trees whose leaves fell into the water and infused under the sun. Whatever the truth, the healing virtues used by the Aboriginals were so obvious that the soldiers from the Second World War Australian expeditionary force included tea tree in their field pharmacy.

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