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Tea Tree oil, also known as Melaleuca essential oil, is one of the most versatile and used essential oils in the world for its amazing antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It lends itself to numerous uses and for this reason it is one of the products to always keep at home and on the go

This essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, a plant species native to Australia. In various areas of Australia, the spontaneous collection of the leaves of this plant is still carried out, which will subsequently undergo a delicate distillation process using water vapor. Thanks to its healing and disinfectant properties, it is used both in natural cosmetics and in household cleaning.

Scientific name:Melaleuca alternifolia

Part of the Plant: leaf

Extraction method: steam distillation

Aromatic Description: green, herbaceous, leathery, dry

Main Chemical Components: terpinene, terpineol-4

Benefits: antibacterial, antiseptic properties, rejuvenating effect on the epidermis

Origin: Australia


Antibacterial properties

As mentioned, tea tree oil has antibacterial properties, which have been amply demonstrated by countless studies. In detail, tea tree oil appears to be able to exert its antibacterial action by denaturating the proteins della cytoplasmic membrane dei microorganisms.

Between i bacteria sensitive to the antibacterial action of tea tree oil we find Bacillus subtilis, theEnterococcus faecalis, L'Escherichia coli, Moraxella catarrhalis, lo Streptococcus pyogenes e lo Staphylococcus aureus.

Antifungal properties

Tea tree oil has also been shown to have interesting antifungal properties.yeasts  capable of causing noise by skin,  mucous membranes e skin appendages, such as the Malassezia furfur, Candida albicans, Trichophyton rubrum and Microsporum canis.

Furthermore, in a study conducted on the antifungal properties of tea tree oil, the use of the pure product nel treatment of onychomycosis dei feet  has shown an efficacy similar to the treatment carried out with clotrimazole  (an antifungal drug).

Anti-inflammatory properties

In addition to its antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, a clinical study showed that theessential oil di melaleuca is able to reduce theinflammation cutaneous induced by histamine.

Yet another study has demonstrated the anti-inflammatory efficacy of tea tree oil nel treatment of gingivitis.

Antiparasitic properties

Finally, tea tree oil can be useful as a natural remedy against infestations from lice. In fact, studies conducted in this regard have shown that the product is effective both on adult specimens and on egg.

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  • Insect bites, itching and skin inflammation: thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil can be useful in case of insect bites, itching and skin inflammation. Although it can also be used pure, for this type of indication, it is advisable to dilute a few drops in carrier oil. Alternatively, use the handy pre-diluted dōTERRA Roll-on.

  • Acne: The application of tea tree oil-based products can be effective in treating mild and moderate acne vulgaris. This application of tea tree oil has been the subject of numerous studies. From one of these it emerged that the use of products based on tea tree oil is slightly less effective than products based on benzoyl peroxide, but - at the same time - it seems to cause fewer unwanted effects. Wash your face daily with 2 drops diluted in 250 ml of warm water.

  • Boils: the application of a drop of essential oil directly on the boil can be useful to facilitate its resolution.

  • Gingivitis/Aphthae: the application of tea tree oil on inflamed gums with a can favor the resolution of gingivitis. In this context, the use of tea tree-based solutions with which it is possible to rinse can also be useful. It is an excellent oneanti-plaque mouthwash.

  • Respiratory affections superiori: fumigating with tea tree oil can be useful for relieving and decongesting the upper airways in case of colds, sinusitis_cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf8190d_ e_cc7de -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ bronchitis.

  • Fungal infections: apply pure oil on the affected area.

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The practical dōTERRA Melaleuca Touch blend is obtained from the union of Melaleuca essential oil with fractionated coconut oil, to be able to give the same benefits even to people with delicate or sensitive skin.

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How to use:

Diffusion: 3 - 5  drops of Melaleuca essential oil in an ultrasonic diffuser  to act on the respiratory system

Topical use: it can be applied pure on the area to be treated. In case of small skin wound, wash with plenty of water then mix 1 drop of Melaleuca + 1 drop of lavender  + 1 drop of basil and dab gently

Internal use: take in capsules.

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Warnings   Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or under treatment. Avoid contact with eyes, the inside of the ears and sensitive areas.

Primary uses:acne, bacterial infections, boils, bronchitis, candida, chickenpox, cold sores, disinfectant, canker sores, caries, colds, dermatitis, eczema, cuts, wounds, herpes simplex, nail infections, conjunctivitis, shingles, sore throat, rashes, staphylococcal infections, sun burns, candidiasis, vaginal infections, warts.

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