ESSENTIAL OIL PROFILE: MELALEUCA

Commonly knows as Tea Tree, Melaleuca is a super-healer from the south

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STORY  The legends and practice of using the oil produced from the Melaleuca Alternofolia tree have been passed down for thousands of years by Australian Aborigines. They used it to cure infectious wounds, coughs and colds and skin ailments but the small tree that grows like a weed was only introduced as a healer in Europe in 1927. Since then it’s anti-infectious and anti-fungal properties have been well researched and utilized in aromatherapy and herbal medicine worldwide. 

SCENT Fresh, herbaceous, medicinal

AROMATHERAPY PROPERTIES  Strengthens the immune system, sweats out toxins

EFFECT ON SKIN Very cleansing, helpful for clearing spots and blemishes and skin infections

MEDICINE  In world war II itwas included in first aid kits in tropical areas to treat skin injuries. We've heard from our clients that our Melaleuca & Frank Cream (which also includes Frankincense and Sage) has been extremely healing for their eczema. 

HISTORY OF THE NAME The legend told is that when Captain Cook arrived in 'Botany Bay' in Australia, local natives introduced Cook to the healing powers of trees with thick sticky and aromatic leaves and showed him how they used the leaves to treat cuts and wounds.  It is also said that Cook and his crew brewed the leaves to make a tea to prevent scurvy, thus the name, “Tea Tree.”

SANGRE DE FRUTA USE  Melaleuca & Frank Botanical Body Cream (100 ML, 50ML, Healing Botanicals Trio)

RESOURCES

 'The Directory of Essential Oils', Wanda Sellar

 'Essential Oils: Desk Reference', Third Edition, Compiled by the Essential Science Publishing