The most common essential oil from the melaleuca family is tea tree, also known as melaleuca alternifolia. The melaleuca family of essential oils includes the following:
- Melaleuca Alternifolia or “tea tree” has a wide range of benefits and is the most common of the tea tree varieties and has been studied the most
- Melaleuca Ericifolia has stronger general antimicrobial properties and is calming and relaxing
- Melaleuca Leucadendron or “cajeput” is commonly used to support skin conditions including acne and targets viruses
- Melaleuca Quinquenervia or “niaouli” is the most supportive, protective, and regenerative within this family of oils
Physical benefits of melaleuca essential oil
Recent studies show that acne, dermatitis, and gingivitis are just a few conditions that respond favorably to melaleuca essential oil. There are many different varieties of melaleuca, with the melaleuca alternifolia being one of the most potent and most medicinal strains. Due to the strong anti-fungal properties, this essential oil is powerful at fighting fungus both inside and outside of the body. Melaleuca essential oil is candida’s worst enemy.*
All of the melaleuca species of essential oils are cleansing and rejuvenating, making them a must to keep on hand for mild and occasional burns, wounds, mosquito bites and nail fungus. Adding a few drops of this blend to an organic lotion, organic shower gel, or after shower moisturizer will support your skin while protecting you from the environment. No home first aid kit is complete without a bottle of melaleuca essential oil.*
Emotional benefits of melaleuca essential oil
The family of melaleuca essential oils encourages feeling safe, secure, and protected. Whether you running errands, going on vacation, or moving to a new location, incorporating any of the melaleuca essential oils in your morning routine can promote self-confidence and self-assurance.*
In Chinese medicine, the melaleuca oils strongly support the lungs and the emotions that can cause weakness in the lungs are grief and sorrow. Both grief and sorrow commonly occur with the loss of a loved one. Therefore, diffusing melaleuca quinquenervia, also known as niaouli, after the loss of a loved one will benefit and support those feeling the physical separation associated with spirit leaving this world.*
*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.
Melaleuca essential oil research articles:
A study demonstrates the anti-fungal properties of melaleuca alternifolia essential oil
Oliva B, Piccirilli E, Ceddia T, Pontieri E, Aureli P, Ferrini AM. Antimycotic activity of Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil and its major components. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2003;37(2):185-7. PubMed PMID: 12859665
A study demonstrates that melaleuca alternifolia essential oil has a broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, including activity against herpes simplex virus
J. Antimicrob. Chemother. (2001) 48 (3): 450-451. doi: 10.1093/jac/48.3.450
A research study isolates anti-inflammatory properties found in melaleuca alternifolia essential oil
Hart, P., Brand, C., Carson, C. et al. Inflamm. res. (2000) 49: 619. doi:10.1007/s000110050639
Studies have suggested the uses of melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (tea tree oil) for the treatment of acne vulgaris, seborrheic dermatitis, and chronic gingivitis. It also accelerates the wound healing process and exhibits anti-skin cancer activity.
Pazyar N, Yaghoobi R, Bagherani N, Kazerouni A. A review of applications of tea tree oil in dermatology. Int J Dermatol. 2013 Jul;52(7):784-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05654.x. Epub 2012 Sep 24. Review. PubMed PMID: 22998411