Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil’s active chemical components contribute to its reputation as a powerful yet gentle immune system stimulant, as well as to its ability to reduce or eliminate harmful bacteria and infections upon contact. It is known to soothe topical allergic reactions and to treat rashes, burns, dandruff, acne, Athlete’s Foot, and head lice among other ailments. The main constituents of Tea Tree Oil are: α-pinene, β-pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, α-Phellandrene, α-Terpinene, Limonene, 1,8-cineole, gamma-Terpinene, p-Cymene, Terpinolene, Linalool, Terpinen-4-ol and α-Terpineol.
The best quality Tea Tree Essential Oil contains high levels of Terpinen-4-ol and low levels of Cineole. These ideal levels of each constituent ensure the safety and wider range of usage for the oil. Terpinen-4-ol is a highly-purified Monoterpene, and this class of constituents is known to have anti-bacterial properties. Despite the medicinal benefits of Cineole for treating colds, a high Cineole content is not beneficial for the calming of inflammation or the treatment of wounds. Thus, for therapeutic purposes, it is necessary for this constituent to be found in low concentrations in Tea Tree Oil.
Pinene is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, expectorant and bronchodilator properties. Sabinene is reputed to work as an antioxidant that exhibits anti-microbial and antifungal properties. It can also be used to treat inflammation on the skin. Myrcene is believed to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic, sedative, and anti-mutagenic properties. α-Terpinene has been known to exhibit antifungal activity. Limonene is believed to exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. 1,8-Cineole has analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and antiviral properties. It is believed to increase cerebral blood flow, reduce tension headaches, and act as a cough suppressant. P-Cymene has potential antioxidant properties and may act as an agent to protect nerve cells against damage. Linalool is a constituent that is known to be sedative, to help lower stress levels, to fight depression, and to soothe inflammation.
Tea Tree Oil can be used in household cleaning products such as laundry soaps, hand soaps, polishes, air fresheners, and insect repellents. It eliminates mold and harmful bacteria on surfaces such as shower curtains and dishwashers, and when it is diffused it works the same way in the air. The fresh, slightly medicinal, camphor-like scent of this oil has been likened to the fragrance of Eucalyptus, and when used for aromatherapy purposes, it is known to reduce feelings of stress, fatigue, and brain fog.
Used topically and cosmetically, Tea Tree Oil can heal skin issues, making it an excellent additive for personal hygiene cosmetic products and toiletries such as bar soaps, face washes, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, salves, moisturizers, massage oils, and nail conditioners.