Tea Tree Essential Oil
Origin: AAA Australia
Tea tree essential oil is one of the most powerful naturally-occurring essential oils. Tea tree oil is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree (Narrow-leaved Paperbark), which grows natively in the swamps and riverbeds in the eastern Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales. While tea tree oil has only been cultivated and traded commercially for about 90 years, it has been used by the Bundjalung tribes for at least several hundred years to treat ailments ranging from cough to cold and skin infections.
Today, tea tree is planted in many countries around the world. However, Liovena’s Tea Tree Essential Oil is made exclusively from high-quality, therapeutic grade AAA Australian extracts.
The medicinal properties of tea tree essential oil have long been accepted within the scientific community. There is especially a large body of work that supports the antiseptic, antimicrobial and fungicidal properties of tea tree essential oil.
In a comprehensive 2002 study conducted by the Department of Microbiology of the University of Western Australia and Western Australian Centre for Pathology and Medical Research, researchers conclusively showed the fungicidal activity of tea tree oil. 65% clinical improvement and a cure rate of 30% were observed in patients treated with tea tree oil twice daily for four weeks.
A 2009 study published in the Letters in Applied Microbiology by the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology of the University of the Witwatersrand demonstrated an antagonistic and inhibitory relationship between Melaleuca alternifolia tea tree oil and Candida albicans, a diploid fungus.
The Department of Dermatology of New South Wales’ Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, meanwhile, performed a single-blind, randomized clinical trial on 124 patients in 1990 which resulted in a massive success in improving patients’ acne by decreasing the number of skin lesions.
How to use
Troubled with acne? None of the medication prescribed by your doctor seem to be working? Confidence down and your social life is in tatters? Fear not, tea tree oil is here.
Just mix a couple of drops of Liovena’s Tea Tree Essential Oil with a little water on a saucer, dab with a cotton ball and apply at the problematic area. If your skin is receptive to the treatment, the acne will miraculously clear away in just several days.
Heat a pot of water. Do not let it go to boil, or you might run the risk of getting scalded. Mix in several drops of tea tree oil into the pot and stir. Move to a comfortable location, and create a sauna-like effect by covering your head and the pot with a towel. Breathe normally and feel all the blockage melting away. Repeat as required. Once again, do not let the water go to boil. Some users report that this sauna treatment can also lessen the severity of coughs and colds.
Tea tree oil is an excellent option to treat feet and nails infected with fungus. Depending on the severity of the problem, you can just dab some tea tree oil unto your nails or dip your feet in a pail of tea tree and water solution.
Dandruff and lice getting you down? Here’s a simple solution. Place three to five drops of the essential oil into your shampoo bottle and shake well. Use daily and after a while, dandruff and lice will be a thing of the past.
Mix a few drops with water inside a spray bottle and shake well. Use as often as required, but do not spray at people.
Liovena’s tea tree essential oil is composed primarily of Terpinen-4-ol (40.1%), γ-Terpinene (23%) and α-Terpinene (10.4%). It also contains several other active ingredients such as 1,8-Cineole, Terpinolene, -Cymene, α-Pinene, α-Terpineol and a few other trace elements.
How to Identify Good Tea Tree Essential Oil
The prevalence of fake tea tree oils of unknown origin in the market means consumers must exercise great caution before buying. One of the best methods to determine the quality and purity of tea tree oils is by looking at the label. Manufacturers of genuine Australian-made tea tree oils will print the result of a gas chromatographic quality control test on the label which will identify their product as M. alternifolia.
In addition, you can also do the scent and consistency test. Genuine Australian Melaleuca alternifolia oil possesses a fresh, camphorous and non-antiseptic smell, and a silky consistency.
The Australian Tea Tree Oil Industry Association recommends that tea tree oil be kept inside tightly-capped dark glass containers and stored inside rooms under 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure to direct sunlight may trigger the oxidation process and could alter the chemical composition of the solution.
Tea tree oil should never be ingested as it’s toxic in large quantities. Please keep them away from children. The product should not be used six months after breaking the seal. It’s also a Category 3 Flammable liquid.