Last week we learned about Peppermint as an essential oil for Health and Wellness.
First what are essential oils? They are highly concentrated substances extracted from a variety of different parts of a plant, including the flower, bard, roots, leaves, wood, resin, seeds, or the rind. The oils contain healing vitamins, antibiotics, and antiseptics and represent the “life force” of the plant. Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than their dry herb cousins.
The oils in plants perform many functions in the living plant. In most cases they are a part of the immune health of the plant or they may just be the end product of the plants metabolism. For this reason scientists agree that the oils are healing because they contain hundreds of organics, including hormones, vitamins that work on many levels.
When you plant a seed to grow a plant, it germinates, a plant grows and more seeds are created. Each plant has its own life force so to transfer that ‘essence’ to ourselves can only be a positive outcome.
A special note; There is no official system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or therapeutic grade. Even if it says it on the bottle it’s just marketing. If it says it’s FDA or otherwise approved, not true! Therapeutic grade usually means it was manufactured according to strict standards of purity and may be taken internally.
With that said here is 1 of 8 essential oils for health and wellness.
The health benefits of Tea Tree Essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant (heals wounds), expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant, and sudorific (sweat out) substance. Interestingly enough, Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil is not related to Tea Oil, but is the extraction through steam distillation of twigs and leaves of the Tea Tree.
Antibacterial: Tea Tree Oil is the motherland of antibacterial. It can cure some of the most horrible and dangerous bacterial infections found in the tropics.
Balsamic: Tea Tree has balsamic properties that generally boost health overall. It promotes the absorption of nutrients from food and gives protection from diseases as well.
Heals Wounds (Cicatrisant): the Cicatrisant property of Tea Tree Oil makes it heal wounds quickly and protects them from infection. It can help neutralize or diminish the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils, pox, and acne.
Antimicrobial: Microbes don’t stand a chance against this oil, since it is a highly effective antimicrobial substance. It can kill and keep away certain microbes (protozoa) which are responsible for causing severe tropical fevers and malaria.
Antiviral: Viral infections are very hazardous and are frequently recurring, since viruses can survive under very harsh conditions. They can bear unimaginable heat, cold and even poison, because they develop a protective shell called a “Cyst” around them. Some viruses are intelligent enough to develop a new cyst each time they are activated, like the Common Cold Virus, in order to trick our immune system. They never die naturally and can live dormant (neither alive or dead) for hundreds or even thousands of years. They can be killed only if their cyst is ruptured using a particular compound or if they are subjected to extreme heat which is beyond their tolerance. The Tea Tree Oil helps rupture this cyst in some viruses and can give protection against them. It also helps cure viral infections like the common cold, influenza, mumps, measles, and pox.
Expectorant: People who are suffering from cough and cold, congestion, bronchitis and other troubles associated with colds, are sure to get relief using tea tree essential oil. It can be rubbed on the chest and inhaled while sleeping, or a drop can be placed on the pillow so it can do its magical work at night, and you can wake up feeling much better in the morning.
Hair Care: The stimulant property of tea tree essential oil can be very beneficial for taking care of certain hair conditions. If you suffer from dandruff or hair loss, simply apply a diluted amount of tea tree essential oil to your scalp. The increased blood flow that you experience will help your follicle stay healthy and strengthen the hold on your hair, so you won’t suffer from premature hair loss. Also, since the skin will become healthier, it will be easier to keep moisturized, reducing the amount of dandruff and dry skin!
Insecticide: It is obvious that an essential oil that is so deadly for bacteria and viruses will be effective against insects as well. Tea tree oil is an efficient insect deterrent and insect killer. It does not let parasites and other insects like mosquitoes, fleas, lice, or flies come near someone who has rubbed some of this oil on their body. It kills internal insects and worms too, such as intestinal worms like round worms, tape worms, and hook worms, because it can be absorbed by your body and skin.
Antiseptic: Open wounds are the most susceptible place to infection by bacteria and fungi and may result in sepsis or tetanus. Thus they must be protected well in advance. Tea tree oil can be a wise preventative choice as it is an excellent antiseptic. It can be applied directly on the wounds, boils, sores, cuts or certain eruptions, including insect bites and stings, to protect them from infections. It is as good as any antibiotic, but without any of their adverse side effects.
Stimulant: This essential oil has a stimulating effect on hormone secretions, blood circulation, and most importantly, on the immune system. It boosts immunity and acts as a shield against many different types of infections. That is why it is quite popular in aromatherapy, because not only does it blend well with many other oils, it can also provide you with internal benefits that would otherwise be impossible, since you are not allowed to ingest tea tree essential oil.
Some information received via www.organicfacts.net