Melaleuca, or Tea Tree, essential oil is an oil I use almost daily. I use it for everything from skin irritations to allergies making It is an absolute staple in my medicine cabinet.
Melaleuca essential is known for its purifying qualities, making it useful for cleansing the skin, surfaces (like your desk at work), purifying the air (allergens), and promoting a healthy immune system.
More commonly known as “Tea Tree” oil, Melaleuca essential oils has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. The leaves of the melaleuca tree have been used for centuries to help heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections, and as mentioned above, has strong immune-building properties.
- Digestive Expectorant
- Immune Stimulant
- Tissue Regenerative
Health Benefits of Melaleuca Essential Oil
Acne: Melaleuca is a great option to help alleviate acne due to its purifying qualities. You can easily add melaleuca to your skincare routine by adding a drop or two to your face wash or to your face lotion.
Scalp Treatment: Melaleuca is very beneficial when it comes to maintaining a healthy scalp. Melaleuca can help remove dandruff and soothe dry skin.
Eczema: Melaleuca is a go to for me when I start to get little eczema rashes. My skin tends to be very sensitive so this has been a lifelong struggle! Melaleuca can help relieve skin inflammation, which helps clear up eczema. You can apply with a carrier oil or add to your face lotion.
Antibacterial: There is an antibacterial component in melaleuca oil that can help prevent illness and eliminate pathogens from the body. Melaleuca can be used in a neti pot to help clear up respiratory and nasal infections. It can also be used on cuts, protecting the skin against infection and speeding up the healing process.
Anti-Fungal: Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot, can happen to the best of us. Using melaleuca essential can help treat fungal infections as it has natural anti-fungal properties and can help to clear up the problem quickly.
Cleaner: Melaleuca essential oil can be used as a cleaner by filling up a glass spray bottle with melaleuca oil and water – you can then spray the surfaces in your home, office, etc. to help get rid of germs. It’s a non-toxic cleaning option, and I’m personally all about that.
Expectorant: Melaleuca essential oil help provide relief from cough, cold, bronchitis, and congestion. You can try rubbing some on your chest or diffusing.
Sore Throat: I have used Melaleuca to clear up a sore throat – I put one drop on my tongue and swallowed it down. Worked like a charm! Melaleuca can help alleviate the pain of a sore throat, but it can also fight off an infection. You can add one drop of melaleuca to a glass of warm water and gargle it. I’ve also applied to the back of my neck to help with a sore throat.
Muscle Pain Relief: Melaleuca essential oil can help relieve muscle aches and pains due to it’s strong anti-inflammatory properties. It also encourages blood flow, as it also acts as a stimulant, which can help speed up the healing process.
Use three to four drops in a diffuser.
Dilute one drop in 4 fl. Oz. of liquid.
Apply one to two drops to affected area. Dilute with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, to minimize any skin sensitivity.
- Citrus Oils
As you can see, Melaleuca is an incredibly powerful and versatile essential oil that can be used to help alleviate a wide range of symptoms/issues. I’ve only mentioned a little bit of what it can be used for in this article. That said, I’m so glad to have this addition to my medicine cabinet! As I mentioned above, I use it almost daily as it’s an essential oils that my body responds really well to. I love diffusing melaleuca and peppermint or Eucalyptus at bedtime to help with allergies and to help me sleep, for sore throats, for skin irritations, and so much more.
As always, please remember that I am not a doctor. I write articles based on my own personal experience with essential oils and the research I’ve done. Always remember to consult with your physician with any concerns regarding the use of essential oils and their potential interactions with any medications you might be taking.
Also, remember that essential oils are extremely potent; For example, one drop of essential oil can be up to 70 times more potent than their herbal form (such as thyme or oregano).
Not all essential oil brands are created equal. There are many brands out there that won’t be effective for health or healing. They will smell yummy, but that’s about it.
When choosing essential oils, it’s so important to choose pure, high quality oils that are naturally safe and effective. Brands, such as doTERRA, gently and carefully distil from plants that have been harvested properly by experienced growers for ideal extract composition and efficacy.
Essential oils are an amazing gift from nature and can be used to help with so many issues from depression to immune support.
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