This week, I returned to one of my most favorite topics in integrative and mind-body medicine, essential oils! These plant compounds are truly holistic in that while they support physical health, their constituents simultaneously benefit emotions and the brain. Essential oils also have been found to “feed” nourishing behaviors during times when one is replacing harmful habits.
As one of my “positive addictions,” it is no secret that these therapeutic secondary metabolites in plants have occupied a lot of my time. I have spent countless hours diving into research that explores all their fascinating aspects. In fact, I’ve devoted a whole database dedicated to essential oils’ properties, versatility, uses, and applications on this website.
In my most recent post, tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) was the essential oil that was praised. It has stolen the spotlight from its fellow 300+ melaleuca family relatives for good reason. This oil is noteworthy for its diverse actions and has been scientifically validated in clinical trials! For the first time; however, tea tree had to “share the stage” with the “other Melaleuca” that co-starred in my article.
In this video, I review these two essential oils and provide some additional wisdom to “soak in.”
Watch this 10-minute overview to learn:
- Why tea tree oil is so popular.
- What the science reports in various studies and clinical trials on its efficacy.
- The safety of tea tree essential oil and essential oils in general. (Note the comparison to other modalities where “side effects” are blindly anticipated and accepted.)
- The main compound that is standardized in quality Melaleuca alternifolia.
- How to find quality tea tree essential oil.
- Fun fact on how tea tree got its name.
- What inspired me to research “the other Melaleuca.”
- An introduction to Melaleuca erifcifolia and its unique properties.
Get all the references, resources, and additional information from the accompanying post here.
This is the direct link to that 63-page pdf on “everything Melaleuca.”
For more information on safe use of essential oils, visit my Essential Oils Database under “Children and Safety.”
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.