Tea tree (Melaleuca)

Summary

Medicinal plant of Australian origin, used mainly in the form of essential oil, indicated above all in the case of mycosis of the feet or nails, thanks to its strong antifungal effect. For external use, it should not be ingested.

names

Name in Portuguese: tea tree, melaleuca (also known as tea tree ), melaleuca oil, honey myrtle
Binomial name: Melaleuca alternifolia (Maiden et Betche  (en) ) Cheel, 1924
French name: arbre à thé , tea tree, melaleuca, mélaleuque
English name: tea tree
German name: Teebaum
Italian name : albero del tè

Family

Myrtaceae (Mirtáceas)

Constituents

Essential oils (terpineol), from leaves and twigs.

parts used

Essential oil extracted from tea tree leaves.

properties

Antifungal (active, for example, against the fungus Candida albicans), bacteriostatic, antiviral, antiacne, antiseptic, healing, anti-inflammatory.

Indications

–  Mycosis of the feet (athlete’s foot), mycosis of the nails (onychomycosis) , candidiasis (vaginal mycosis) , acne , insect bites , wounds (cuts), dandruff , gum problems, canker sores (essential oil), age spots ( daily application in the form of a tea tree gel for long periods), carpal tunnel syndrome .
– Rhinitis , cough (inhaling tea tree essential oil).
– sore throat(a sore throat gargle with a few drops of tea tree essential oil in a little warm water is possible, do not swallow).

Caution, to be used for external use only, do not ingest.

Secundary effects

Like most essential oils, mild skin burns possible in case of allergy to this essential oil, leading to contact dermatitis. Use this essential oil only in very small amounts (one or two drops on fungus) or in dilution.
In very high doses, tea tree oil can be toxic to the liver or kidneys.

contraindications

Allergy to essential oil, do not apply it on mucous membranes and eyes. Some sources advise against its use in pregnant women, infants, and young children.

Interactions

we don’t know

Preparations

– Tea tree gel (essential oil based)

– Tea tree cream (essential oil based)

– Tea tree gargle solution (essential oil based)

– Tea tree essential oil (pure) – e.g. apply 1 to 2 drops of this oil on mycoses.
Note: In case of acne, it is better to give preference to creams based on tea tree with a concentration of 5 to 15% of essential oil, instead of using pure essential oil.

– Spray against mycoses

Attention, tea tree essential oil should never be ingested!

Where does the tea tree grow?

The tea tree grows mainly in Australia.

Comments

– The tea tree is a plant from the same family (myrtaceae) as the eucalyptus, and therefore originally from Australia. There, tea tree is widely used and can be found in all pharmacies.

– Its essential oils (rich in terpenes) have shown great effectiveness against mycoses, proven by several clinical studies.

– Tea tree is also effective against acne, similar to that of benzoyl peroxide (a molecule widely used in acne) but with fewer side effects, as it is known that benzoyl peroxide has a tendency to discolor fabrics ( clothes, towels,…) and can sometimes cause irritation. Tea tree essential oil can therefore be a great treatment in case of mild to moderate acne. If you adopt a tea tree cream, give preference to those based on tea tree essential oil whose concentration varies between 5 and 15%. Do not use tea tree in case of rosacea as it can aggravate the symptoms.

Jeanne Kenney
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