Captain James Cook named this oil when he visited eastern Australia and made a boiled drink of the plant’s leaves. Around that time Australia was an underdeveloped region of indigenous peoples and European convicts. With limited connection to prevailing medicines tea tree oil was a leading solution for many. Popularly used on skin infections and wounds, aborigines also used tea tree bark to make sleeping mats, cradles, water-proofed products, and food containers. A breakthrough for wider distribution came in 1923 when Australian chemist Arthur Penfold documented its antiseptic effects compared to mainland medicine, finding tea tree oil thirteen times more effective. By the 1970s it was widely cultivated and sold.
Now a favored essential oil, tea tree’s prevalence is partially due to sustainable cultivation. Tea tree plants takes well to pruning and can actually benefit from routine leaf harvesting. After initial popularity as a leading antiseptic, the advent of penicillin eliminated some demand. Current concerns about antibiotic resistance, however, have rekindled interest as some believe tea tree may hold secrets to sustainable long-term solutions.
Currently this oil is found in many over-the-counter soaps and lotions. Medical practitioners highlight commonly-seen effects on acne, dandruff, athlete’s foot, lice, and nail fungus. It’s thought to increase the white blood cell activity necessary for fighting germs. Some use it as a natural hand sanitizer and vegetable wash, and repellent potential may be stronger than DEET. Tea tree is a popular substitute in deodorants and mouthwashes as it could kill odor-causing bacteria. It’s been known to relieve muscular pain, aches, and sprains and to aid scalp and skin issues. Users claim enhancements of self-trust and release from guilt and shame.
Organic tea tree essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is an aromatherapy staple. You will absolutely love the antiseptic abilities and refreshing scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Tea Tree
- Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
- Country of Origin: Australia
- Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
- Plant Part: Leaves
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