Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of myrtle trees and shrubs. Aromatically, melaleuca’s earthy scent is known to promote cleansing and purity.
Historically, the leaves of the melaleuca tree were used to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections.
In French medicine, melaleuca is commonly used to help support the body when dealing with athlete’s foot, bronchitis, colds, coughs, diarrhea, flu, rash, sore throats, and sunburn.
Today, melaleuca is primarily used to help with acne, allergies, bacterial infections, boils, canker sores, cavities, dermatitis/eczema, ear infections, gum disease, hepatitis, hives, inflammation, lice, pink eye, staph infection, viral infection, warts, and more.
Melaleuca is known to be analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, a strong antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, stimulant, and tissue regenerative.
To learn more about melaleuca essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.
Source: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 7th Edition, pp. 140–141