Herbs 4 Health – Essential Oils

Herbs 4 Health – Essential Oils

Herbs 4 Health - Essential Oils

Melaleuca alternifolia

The next oil on our list is Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia which is native to Australia and has been used among the Aboriginal tribes as a medicine since ancient times.
The name probably originated from Captain Cook’s description of this tree, the leaves of which he brewed to drink in place of tea.
• Antibacterial: Helps to heal wounds effectively
• Antimicrobial: It can kill and keep away microbes which are responsible for causing tropical fevers and malaria.
• Antiseptic: Tea tree can be applied directly on to wounds, boils, sores, cuts including insect bites and stings, to protect them from infections.
• Antiviral: Protects against viruses and helps cure viral infections like the common cold, influenza, mumps, measles, and cold sores.
• Cicatrisant: It heals wounds quickly and protects them from infections and can help diminish the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils and acne.
• Expectorant: People who are suffering from cough and cold, congestion and bronchitis can get relief by rubbing oil on the chest and placing a drop on the pillow at night to inhale while sleeping
• Fungicide: Effective against fungal infections by inhibiting fungal growth and helps cure ailments like dermatitis and Athlete’s Foot.
• Hair Care: If you suffer from dandruff or hair loss, simply massage a diluted amount oil into your scalp
• Insecticide: Rub some oil on the body to repel insects.

It blends well with lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and vetivert.
Precautions: May cause irritation to sensitive skin and should NEVER be taken internally
Do not use in high doses on animals
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In Herbs,  Diane Aldworth

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