Archive for May, 2013

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea TreeA large plant Melaleuca alternifolia known as Tea tree, Narrow-leaved Paperbark, or narrow-leaved ti-tree is native to Australia, mainly to Southeast Queensland. The plant has long linear leaves and white flowers which occur in spikes. Certainly, tea tree is known primarily as a source of healing essential oil, one of the most popularĀ  and widely used natural products with anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and numerous other natural properties. However, Australian people use tea tree oil leaves for preparing herbal teas, poultices, and other products with all of the mentioned natural effects. Tea tree oil and other natural extracts are widely used in skin care for producing various types of cosmetics, starting from skin creams or body lotions and ending up with shampoos, soaps or deodorants. Tea tree products are considered toxic and can cause allergic reactions, though not severe. (more…)