“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”
~ Etty Hillesum
information provided by Dr. Mercola
Tea tree oil, which is also called melaleuca 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 is valued by primitive Australian communities for its unique healing abilities, such as its anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. According to the University of Sydney, 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. often used as a home acne remedy too. No wonder tea tree oil is considered a "jack of all trades" among nature's herbal oils.
Tea tree oil's has become quite popular within the last few years, and it is now added to soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products. Tea tree oil has many uses around the home, too, such as a toothbrush cleaner, mold treatment, a laundry freshener, and a natural pest control. Small-scale clinical studies on tea tree oil also revealed Tea Tree Oil's potential for treating athlete's foot, dandruff, lice, gingivitis, and genital infections.
In aromatherapy, tea tree oil is said to be helpful in alleviating chest and head congestion, stuffy nose, and other symptoms of colds and flu, especially when used in steam inhalation. Steam inhalation clears the congested nasal passages and kills bacteria. Adding an antiviral essential oil like Tea Tree Oil makes it that much more effective. Just add a few drops to a steaming bowl of hot (purified) water, cover your head with a towel, and breathe in the vapors for five to 10 minutes. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your bathwater may also help stop a cold from developing.
You can purchase tea tree oil here, but if you have fresh tea tree leaves on hand, you can easily make your own!
Disclaimer: If you have allergies to essential oil please do not try this activity.