|Most Common Name:||Tea Tree|
Known As (other names):||Ti-Tree|
Tea Tree - General description:
The Tea Tree is indigenous to
tropical Australia and Indonesia.
Tea Tree oil (Tea Tree Essential Oil)
is mostly used for a variety of modern medicines but the Aboriginal people have
used this herb as a poultice for stings , insect bites and a variety of skin
infections and wounds.
Properties, or Tea Tree use in treatment of:
Asthma||Bronchitis||Insect bites and
|Below we list
reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous
research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide
information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects,
if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents.
We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary
considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with
the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.|
Sesquiterpenes: When sesquiterpenes occur in essential oils it
is mostly in combination with monoterpenes. Sesquiterpenes have a higher melting
point than monoterpenes.
Sesquiterpenes are anaesthetic, antifungal,
antiseptic and antibacterial.
Cymene: No current data available
Terpenine: A Terpene Hydrocarbon. Terpinene and other terpene
hydrocarbons have been found to have antiviral and diuretic properties and are
mucus membrane tonics and decongestants.
Cineole: One of the two most important Monoterpene Oxides, the
other is Ascaridole, Cineole is one of the most widely distributed constituents
amongst plants as an oxidised product of monoterpenes. Cineole is often also
called Eucalyptol, named so because it is the major component of Eucalyptus oil.
is a expectorant widely used in commercial cough lozenges. It has a reputation
as a skin irritant amongst many practitioners but recent tests have failed to
Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus
specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed
in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by
Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system.
Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have
diuretic properties by many.
Limonene: Limonene has been studied for the anti-tumour effect
noticed in mice. Herbalists often prescribe herbs with this constituent as an
antioxidant and cancer or tumour inhibitor although there is evidence that these
properties are volatile and may be lost as a result of processing of the herb.
Limonene also has antiviral properties.
Contraindications, do not use if:
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at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies
and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in
certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we
will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list
of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.|
is Administered as/Available in:
Lotions||Pessaries (for thrush)|
Pastilles|| || |
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