This little bottle of stinky essential oil is what made my skeptical husband a believer in the power of essential oils…. yeah, you know you want to hear this story, so keep reading…
When I first heard the name “Melaleuca” I had no idea how to say this apparently four syllable word (mel-lal-ew-cu is how I now say it..probably incorrectly given my poor pronunciation skills) or spell it (I’m still confused). At first introduction I only knew that that I couldn’t say it, spell it, and didn’t really want to smell it because it smelled like “granny’s attic” according to my good friend Terry who first shared the amazing power of essential oils with me. It was not my favorite scent at the time (and still isn’t scoring points for scent!), but once I learned of all of the amazing uses for this powerful oil, I have (almost) embraced the smell and it only loses out to lavender and peppermint as the most commonly used oil in my home, and that’s saying a lot!
You probably know mel-lal-ew-cu by its more commonly used name “Tea Tree Oil”. Yep, I knew you would recognize that name and the bonus is that it is EASY to pronounce!
Melaleuca Oil Profile:
- Latin Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
- Plant part used: Leaf
- How it’s extracted: Steam distillation
- Aroma: Herbaceous, green, leathery (or “granny’s attic”)
- Main Chemical Components: Terpinen-4-ol, y-terpinene
Melaleuca is composed of more than ninety different compounds and has limitless therapeutic applications. Aborigines of Australia used it for centuries and crushed the leaves to inhale the oil to promote feelings of clear breathing. They also would apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect.
Today, Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties and it can be used to:
- support clear breathing
- cleanse and purify the skin and nails
- support a healthy complexion
- sooth occasional skin irritation
- support healthy immune function
- protect against environmental threats
- help purify and freshen the air
- cleaning in the home
Just one bottle of Melaleuca Essential Oil contains all of these amazing properties to support the body…
analgesic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, a strong antiseptic, anti-viral, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, stimulant, and supports tissue regeneration.
With so many properties, can you see why “mel” has many uses in my home?
These are the three ways to use Melaleuca Essential Oil:
These are some of my favorite ways to use Melaleuca Essential Oil…..
At the first sign of swollen lymph nodes, a sore or scratchy throat, and fatigue, I know I’m suffering an immune system attack and I pull out my super oils! Let’s talk Marvel comics for a second and that will help me explain two important essential oils in a compliant way. Imagine that oregano oil is the super hero character of “Batman”. He can work alone, but he works more effectively with the support of his side-kick “Robin” which is played by melaleuca. The two of them together are an incredible immune system support and do some serious “cootie fighting” when they team up to clean up Gotham city, um, I mean, keep human bodies strong and healthy and functioning at full immune system capacity.
So back to that scratchy throat and the realization that something is waging war with your poor immune system… I create a powerful (but properly diluted) blend of oregano and melaleuca oil and I apply it to the bottoms of my feet, and sometimes around my lymph nodes on my neck. Consistent use of the blend on myself and my kiddos has led to serious immune boosting and we are back to 100% so quick it makes us think it was all in our head and we were overreacting. 😉
I also dilute melaleuca with some coconut oil and rub it onto my neck and chest consistently. This helps support the immune system and the respiratory system.
For internal use add 1–2 drops of melaleuca to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.
Support proper yeast balance in the body
Yeast is necessary in the body, but it also can get seriously out of control! This might show itself in a variety of fungal issues on or in various parts of the body. My husband’s winning moment with melaleuca was when he had an itchy area of his foot (commonly experienced on athletes feet) and he grabbed my bottle of “mel” and applied a few drops on location. He said that it only took one application to see results and then he became a believer! Who would have though an itchy foot would lead to him becoming an oils man? 😉
I don’t suffer from itchy feet, but I do unfortunately have my fair share of internal female yeast issues. Eww, I won’t go into details, but I will tell you that just a few applications of a few drops of “mel” is a winner and I don’t need to hassle with heading to the store “stat” to buy 7 day creams for $20. It is not only convenient, but saves me lots of $$.
With its amazing properties (antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral to name a few) melaleuca is frequently used to soothe skin irritations such as minor kitchen burns, kids cuts and scrapes, sunburn and help skin recover quickly. I reach for melaleuca to help soothe and support the body to heal more quickly.
For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of melaleuca essential oil onto the affected area.
- Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
- Apply to unsightly blemishes to promote healthy and clear skin.
- Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.
As I mentioned above, the Aborigines used the melaleuca leaves to help support breathing, and the oil is a more convenient option for this same purpose today. Apply diluted melaleuca to the throat and chest and under the nose to support the respiratory system. Melaleuca is a great compliment to the trio of lemon, lavender and peppermint in helping to deal with environmental or seasonal threats of the body.
Keep a clear head (literally)
To prevent an infestation of unsightly little bugs in the hair, add 1-2 drops of melaleuca to shampoo or conditioner when washing hair, or add to a leave in conditioner or detangling spray. This is very important for children in school when the threats of little bugs is high!
Cautions for Use:
As with any pure and powerful essential oil, possible skin sensitivity may occur and that is why I always suggest diluting oils with a carrier oil. Keep this and all other pure oils out of the reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult your physician because there are some oils that are not recommended to use when pregnant or nursing. As with all essential oils, avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Where can I buy Melaleuca Essential oil?
Now that essential oils are being recognized as a powerful natural tool for wellness, you can purchase essential oils almost anywhere and even Walmart now sells essential oils! To gain the most benefit from essential oils, quality of the oil is extremely important and I plead with you to only use high quality essential oils. Inferior oils can claim to be 100% pure but can still contain fillers and can be unsafe to use. The information and suggested uses I listed in this blog post only apply to pure therapeutic grade essential oils that are safe for internal use.
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