Also known as “Tea tree oil” is an essential oil referred to as Melaleuca Oil. This oil is basically extracted from a tree belonging to the “Melaleuca alternifolia” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is derived from the “twigs and leaves” of the tree using the “steam distillation” process. The tree from which this oil is obtained is mainly found in Australia in the southeast of Queensland and New South Wales. In addition, this oil is said to be able to cure a majority of the tropical infections and diseases.
A. Chemical constituents of Melaleuca Oil:
This oil is extracted from the “twigs and leaves” of a tree belonging to the “Melaleuca alternifolia” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil comprises of organic compounds such as Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Alpha Phellandrene, Alpha Terpinene, Limonene, Cineole, Gamma Terpinene, Para Cymene, Terpinolene, Linalool, Terpinenol and Alpha Terpineol.
B. The uses and benefits of Melaleuca Oil:
There are a number of health benefits that one can gain by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil possesses an “antibacterial” property, and hence when used helps in preventing bacterial infections by inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
This oil also serves as an “antiseptic” when used and helps in the treatment of wounds by destroying disease causing microbes.
This oil when used helps in preventing viral infections by inhibiting the growth of viruses.
When used this oil also helps in stimulating the expulsion of sputum from air passages, and thereby serves as an expectorant.
This oil when used is capable of destroying all kinds of disease causing microbes, and thereby serves as an antimicrobial.
C. The adverse effects of Melaleuca Oil:
There are a couple of adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. They are as follows:
- The use of this oil could lead to skin irritation especially in individuals who have sensitive skin, and hence it must be used carefully.
- This oil usage could also lead to serious adverse effects such as confusion, hallucinations, drowsiness, coma, unsteadiness, severe rashes, vomiting, diarrhea etc.
- This oil can be harmful to children and pets, and hence must be kept away from them.