In my opinion everyone with kids should have Melaleuca oil on hand. It is my FAVORITE oil to use for FIRST AID.
Historical Usage and Background:
Tea Tree or Melaleuca oil comes from the Tea Tree plant. It is native to Australia. The Aborigines would crush the leaves to extract the oil. They used it in much the same way we do today- to prevent infection. The English settlers discovered Melaleuca’s amazing properties and began to export it back to Europe, thus beginning a world- wide love of Melaleuca oil.
Modern Day Uses:*
My top three ways to use Melaleuca are:
- Use a carrier oil (my favorite is coconut) and rub Melaleuca onto bug bites. My kids and husband are extremely sensitive to mosquito bites- and in FLA mosquitoes are a daily nuisance. The Melaleuca oil immediately eliminates the itch and is antibacterial- helping to prevent future infection.
- Use Melaleuca on cuts and scrapes. Again, use a carrier oil before applying. I find it works better than any antibacterial ointment I have used on my kids.
- I am plagued with a dry, itchy scalp. I use all natural shampoo with Lavender and Melaleuca, but occasionally I need an extra treatment. Melaleuca is perfect for a deep conditioning scalp treatment. Combine it with jojoba oil, you can add one or two other oils depending on your preference for scent. Massage the oil into your scalp, let it soak in for about 20 mins, then rinse and wash and condition your hair. It’s like a mini spa experience!
It blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, and Chamomile. A personal favorite blend of mine (especially in the Fall) is 2 drops Melaleuca, and 4 drops of Cinnamon. It will provide and uplifting, emotion balancing, and antibacterial environment in your home.
Remember: Never put oils directly on the skin of young children, use a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Never directly ingest essential oils. Diffusion with a diffuser or humidifier and immersion in the bath are the best way to benefit from your oils. Less is more with oils!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Shealy, Norman C. “Tea Tree” The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies. Harper Collins (2002) p. 162