Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)
Anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-septic.
Tea tree has a very fine feathery leaf. It is used topically in low concentrations due to the high concentration of terpinen-4-ol which is a monoterpenol. It has a herbaceous, strong camphoraceous aroma..
General properties of monoterpenols:
- Good for skin care
- Nail Fungi: Use 2-3 drops in Jojoba oil to apply to nail fungi every evening after bath or shower.
- Skin healing ointment: Use 10 drops Lavender oil and 10 drops Tea tree oil in 50ml Coconut oil to make a paste and apply to any sore, wound, athletes foot and even acne.
- Insect repellant: As a fly/mosquito repellant, use 10 drops in 250ml spray bottle, fill up with water and spray on your body, bedding, etc. but avoid the mucous membranes like the eyes, nose and mouth etc.
- Head lice: To treat head lice, use 2-3 drops together with 80ml white vinegar in the rinse water (luke warm) after you have washed your hair.
- Sanitizing hand cream: Use 5 drops Tea tree oil and 30ml Eucalyptus oil in 100ml aqueous cream for a homemade sanitizing hand moisturizer.
- Burns: Tea tree oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and will help with minor burn wounds. Mix 50ml Coconut oil with 10 drops Lavender and 10 drops Tea tree oil and apply to minor burns.
- Wounds, acne, small skin cuts or scrapes: In 30ml Spray bottle add 10 drops Frankincense, 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Tea tree, 6 drops Helichrysum, top up with Fractionated coconut oil (Fat removed to keep it liquefied).