What is Tea Tree Essential Oil?

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on November 22, 2019

Get to Know Tea Tree Essential Oil

For centuries Tea Tree essential oil has been beloved for its countless wellness and beauty benefits. Today it’s one of the beauty industry’s favorite essential oils. Tea Tree essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, native to Australia; the tree is part of the Myrtaceae botanical family.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Melaleuca alternifolia
REGIONS FOUND: Australia, France, South Africa
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distilled
YL REGION: Most Young Living Tea Tree essential oil comes from Australia and South Africa.
Tea Tree essential oil joined the Young Living family in 1994.

FAQ – Tea Tree Oil from Young Living

Q: Can pure, unrefined, 100% tea tree oil be toxic?
A: When Tea Tree oil is used as directed it is not considered toxic. However, when using oils or supplements please be sure and follow the direction on the label, and always consult your health care provider before using any product or if you begin to have a reaction.
Q: What is Terpineol and how much of it is in Young Living’s melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil?
A: Terpineol is an isomeric alcohol that is naturally occurring in essential oils such as Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree).
Q: What percentage of camphor is contained in tea tree?
A: There are no detectable amounts of camphor in tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia).


“Is Tea Tree Oil Safe?”

Is tea tree oil toxic?
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the topical use of the oil is relatively safe
and that adverse events are minor, self-limiting, and occasional.
Published data, however, add some caveats:
it can be toxic if ingested;
it can also cause skin irritation at higher concentrations.
Now, normally, tea tree oil reduces skin inflammation.
27 volunteers had histamine injected in their skin,
the equivalent of like getting bitten by a fire ant,
but the big red swollen mark significantly decreased
after the application of tea tree oil.
Here’s where the bump was at 20 minutes after injection.
Apply a placebo oil, and it continues to get worse
before finally beginning to calm down.
But if at 20 minutes, you apply half of a single drop of pure tea tree oil,
it stops the inflammation in its tracks and it immediately starts getting better.
Some people are sensitive to it though and it can instead trigger a rash.
This is relatively rare though
with only about 1% of older children and adults having such reaction.
And none of the 40 younger children tested had a reaction,
which is good since it can be found in like 5% of diaper wipes and lotions.
Most reactions, when they do occur, are caused by the application of pure oil,
so there are recommendations to keep the concentration
of tea tree oil products applied to the skin under 1%.
Moreover, manufacturers may want to use antioxidants and dark bottles
to minimize exposure to light,
since aged, oxidized oils are more likely to induce allergic reactions.
Hundreds of different compounds have been identified in tea tree oil,
but the composition changes
when exposed to light, air, humidity, and higher temperatures.
It can start turning a green-brownish color, the viscosity changes,
and the smell becomes turpentine-like. All bad signs.
Even fresh tea tree oil shouldn’t be ingested though.
Two hours before arriving at the pediatric critical care unit, a 4-year-old’s mother
had given him approximately 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil.
Within 30 minutes, he had trouble walking,
and shortly thereafter fell into a coma.
They note the tea tree oil was in a bottle without a childproof cap,
but it didn’t matter in this case because the cap wasn’t mother-proof either.
Similar cases are reported at even less than two teaspoons,
though the reported adult poisoning cases have tended to involve larger doses.
Thankfully, no human deaths caused by tea tree oil have been reported,
though note the qualifier “human.”
It has been implicated in the deaths of pets when used inappropriately
when trying to treat fleas or something.
Cats in particular are at risk because of their habit of licking their fur.
In humans, though, it can apparently be used safely if you avoid ingestion,
apply only diluted oil topically, and only use oil that has been stored correctly.



When used topically, tea tree oil is believed to be antibacterial. Tea tree oil is commonly used to treat acne, athlete’s foot, lice, nail fungus and insect bites. Tea tree oil – Mayo Clinic



https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tn2873specTea tree oil can kill bacteria and fungi. It comes from the evergreen leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Tea tree oil has been used as complementary therapy in surgery, burn care, and dental care. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) | Michigan Medicine




https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-tea-tree-essential-oil.htmlThe health benefits of tea tree or melaleuca essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an c, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrizant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant, and a sudorific substance.

The essential oil of tea tree is extracted through steam distillation of twigs and leaves of tea tree, which has the botanical name Melaleuca alternifolia. The tea tree is native to Southeast Queensland and New South Wales, in Australia, which is why it is such a popular essential oil in that country. However, its impressive qualities have spread to other parts of the world, so it can now be found internationally. 13 Amazing Uses of Tea Tree Oil | Organic Facts


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273/Complementary and alternative medicines such as tea tree (melaleuca) oil have become increasingly popular in recent decades. This essential oil has been used for almost 100 years in Australia but is now available worldwide both as neat oil and as an active component in an array of products. The primary uses of tea tree oil have historically capitalized on the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions of the oil. This review summarizes recent developments in our understanding of the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities of the oil and its components, as well as clinical efficacy. Specific mechanisms of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action are reviewed, and the toxicity of the oil is briefly discussed. Read more…




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