Tea tree

Latin Name

Melaleuca alternifolia

Family

Myrtaceae

Chemotype

Terpinene-4-ol, Terpinenes, 1,8-Cineol.

Distilled Component

Leaves

Recommended Use

Used in aromatherapy to help relieve colds and coughs.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Anecdote

The Tea Tree owes its name to Captain Cook and Joseph Banks, who discovered it during an expedition to Australia in 1876. The natives showed them the remarkable remedial properties of this 6-metre tree by boiling its leaves. In Australia, there is a lake known for medicinal properties identical to those of boiled Tea Tree leaves. The secret of its healing water, which attracts sick people in large numbers, lies in the presence of numerous Tea Trees on its banks. When the leaves of these trees fall in the lake water, the synergic action of the sun turns it into a liquid decoction rich in curative attributes. Produced in Australia and Zimbabwe, this essential oil is one of the most studied and most popular in the world. This essential oil is included in the kit used by Australian soldiers to fight athlete's feet.