Melaleuca Essential Oil holds over 92 different compounds and almost limitless applications. It is one of the most versatile essential oils. Sometimes referred to “tea tree oil,” Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia) is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. Melaleuca is frequently used on occasional skin irritations to soothe the skin. When used in aromatherapy, the diffusion of Melaleuca helps purify and freshen the air.
Not everyone may realize that Melaleuca essential oil promotes a healthy immune function and protects against environmental and seasonal threats. The major properties of Melaleuca are germ destroying and purifying.
Melaleuca Essential Oil is obtained from the leaves of the Australian Tea Tree plant (Melaleuca alternifolia) by steam distillation. Terpinen-4-ol is the main component of tea tree oil (as much as 40%). Research on this compound finds it effective in suppressing the inflammatory response in the human body. These reactions produce red and raised areas of tissue damage when we bruise, burn or cut ourselves. An inflammatory response happens when an insect bites us or we have an allergic reaction.
Melaleuca EO History
Hailing from Australia, the melaleuca plant was a daily necessity for the natives. For centuries, the Aborigines would crush the leaves and inhale the scent of the oil to promote feelings of clear breathing. Applying the leaves directly to the skin produces a cooling effect.
Bungawalbin Creek, in Australia, is near the east coast of New South Wales, about 150 miles south of Brisbane. The creek is surrounded by Australian tea trees and is held sacred by the Aborigines. As the sticky tea tree oil leaves fall into the creek, they create water the natives still consider “magical healing waters” today.
In 1922, an Australian chemist, Arthur Penfold, distilled Melaleuca essential oil and subsequently published his findings of the oil and its wide-ranging antibacterial and antifungal properties. It was announced this was a new type of germicide, gentle to skin cells but harmful to the invading germs. Throughout the 1920’s, Melaleuca was widely used dentistry and surgery to clean wounds and prevent infections. Surgeons believed it more effective than carbolic acid, the most common antiseptic at the time.
Melaleuca essential oil successfully treated a host of infections, becoming the treatment of choice. From cuts and wounds to head lice, ringworm, leg ulcers, infections, and gingivitis, doctors, dentists, and veterinary surgeons utilized its many properties for the health and welfare of their patients. During the Second World War, Melaleuca oil was in such short supply that all available supplies were used exclusively to help stop infections from injuries during the war.
Eventually, the knowledge of Melaleuca’s numerous benefits spread worldwide, and Tea Tree oil is now frequently used topically for cleansing and rejuvenating skin, internally for supporting healthy immune function, and more.
Melaleuca Essential Oil Uses
Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin, Melaleuca also promotes a healthy immune function; just add one to two drops to water or citrus drinks to support healthy immune system function. You can also add a couple of drops to a veggie capsule and swallow.
Melaleuca is also good for…
- Protecting against environmental and seasonal threats.
- For an occasional skin irritation, apply one to two drops of Melaleuca essential oil directly onto affected area.
- Combine one to two drops with facial cleansers or moisturizers for added cleansing properties.
- Create your own aftershave with Melaleuca and Cedarwood.
- Apply a couple of drops to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keep nails looking healthy.
- Add a drop to your shampoo each wash to help keep your hair strong and healthy.
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.
- Apply to the bottom of feet and inside shoes for a refresher.
- Add to water alone, or along with Peppermint and Lemon essential oil, for a refreshing mouth rinse and breath freshener.
Diffusing Tea Tree oil can help purify and freshen the air in your home. When diffusing Melaleuca oil on its own, use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Looking for a revitalizing diffuser blend that will freshen and purify any room? Add 2 drops of Lemon, 2 drops of Eucalyptus, 1 drop of Melaleuca, and 1 drop of Peppermint to your diffuser for a rejuvenating diffuser blend that will cleanse the air and awaken your senses.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Melaleuca essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Melaleuca essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Melaleuca oil.