Melaleuca, also known as “tea tree oil” is made from the leaves of the tea tree plant (Melaleuca alternifolia), a member of the myrtle tree family, which is native to Australia.
The tea tree plant was highly prized by primitive Australian communities for its unique healing ability. Numerous aboriginal communities along the east coast of Australia have a long historical use of tea tree as an antiseptic for skin conditions. They simply crushed the tea tree leaves and applied it to cuts, burns and infections. Through modern distillation methods, manufacturers are now able to produce Melaleuca with a clear to very pale golden or yellow colour, and a fresh scent.
Here are 5 practical uses of Melaleuca:
1 Injuries to Skin
Injuries that result in broken skin make it easy for germs to enter your bloodstream, which can lead to infection. Melaleuca can be used to treat and disinfect minor cuts and abrasions by killing S. aureus and other bacteria that can cause infection in open wounds. Applying a mixture of Melaleuca and coconut oil can help prevent minor cuts and abrasions from becoming infected.
To disinfect a cut or scrape, follow these steps:
- Clean the cut thoroughly with plain soap and water
- Mix one drop of Melaleuca with one teaspoon fractioned coconut oil
- Apply a small amount of the mixture to the injury and cover with a bandage
- Repeat this process once or twice daily until a scab has formed
2 Fight Acne
Melaleuca can be a powerful weapon against acne. Several studies have shown that it helps reduce the amount and overall severity of acne. Studies have shown that Melaleuca is as effective against acne as benzoyl peroxide, the most common anti-acne medication. Gels containing Melaleuca have been shown to reduce the number of lesions and severity of acne in a number of studies.
Melaleuca works wonders or specific spots and zits.
You can make your own acne treatment by mixing one part Melaleuca with nine parts water and applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed. Or you can mix with fractioned coconut oil, which is a tremendous carrier oil. You could apply this before going to bed at night in or around the affected areas, and see the results overnight. Apply also in the morning.
You will feel a mild itch as the Melaleuca starts to work on your skin, and you should see the results very quickly.
3 Hand Sanitiser
Melaleuca makes an ideal natural hand sanitiser. Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenza.
Here is a simple recipe to make your own moisturising, all-natural hand sanitiser using Melaleuca:
Apply 2 or 3 drops of Melaleuca with aloe vera gel, and run around your hands thoroughly.
4 Insect Repellent
Melaleuca may help keep insects away, and now that travel season is upon us, it can help keep those horrible mosquitos away! In fact, Melaleuca has a greater ability to repel mosquitoes than DEET, the most common active ingredient in commercial insect repellents.
Again, try this easy-to-make insect repellent using Melaleuca and other natural ingredients. The best insect repellent is to apply Melaleuca to the joints around your ankles, knees, writs and elbows. That is where insects attack most, and the fragrance from Melaleuca will help deter better than any insect repellent containing chemicals.
Also, remember that insects hate Peppermint and that can work wonders (while smelling a bit better than Melaleuca!)
5 Healing Wounds
In addition to preventing infection in cuts and abrasions, Melaleuca may also encourage deeper wound healing. Research has shown that Melaleuca helps reduce inflammation and triggers the activity of white blood cells that are instrumental in the healing process. Melaleuca may help speed wound healing by reducing inflammation and increasing white blood cell activity.
In a small study of 10 people with wounds, adding Melaleuca to conventional wound treatment led to decreased healing time in all but one participant.
A few drops of Melaleuca can be added to wound dressing each time a new dressing is applied.
Little wonder that the new Princess of Sussex swears by Melaleuca for her skin!
It's an inexpensive natural alternative to chemical-based skin and nail treatments, personal care products and disinfectants, among other things. A lot of the treatments can be assisted by using Melaleuca Touch, which is already mixed with carrier agents and ready to rub onto your skin.