Preparation: steam distillation of Melaleuca alternifolia leaves.
Appearance: light, fluid, volatile, colourless or with a slight greenish tinge.
Major constituents: pinenes, myrcenes, terpinenes, terpinolene, cymol, cineole, terpineol, aromadendrene, phenols.
Aromatic bouquet: trappy-camphoraceous, cold, with hints of wet wood and ozone.
Complementary aromas: rosewood, geranium, bergamot, bitter orange (bigardia), pine, fir cone, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, lavender.
Therapeutic class: adaptogen.
Main action: antiseptic. Effective in bacterial and neurohumoral dermatitis. Excellent oral care. Anti-inflammatory, spreading, regenerating, fungicidal, lymphatic drainage, anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant.
Unusual information and historical facts: it has been used to treat various infectious diseases, purulent wounds, abscesses, phlegmon and even sepsis. It has been used in embalming. It is considered to be a powerful oncoprotective (anticancer) agent that inhibits the division of atypical cells, removes auto- and endogenous toxins. It has been used to protect against venereal diseases.
Psycho-emotional effects: stimulates intellectual activity, increases concentration of attention, memory capacity. Increases work productivity. Potentiates abstract and logical aspects of thinking. Effective in hysteria, obsessive anxiety, fears. Develops decisiveness and quickness of reactions.
Cosmetic use: antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent with a wide spectrum of action, effective in acute, subacute and chronic inflammatory skin processes (pustules, acne, furunculosis, herpes, eczema, infiltrates). Bradykinase, regenerating agent - removes irritation, swelling, itching, redness, restores homogeneous coloration and healthy skin relief. Shortens pores. Prevents the development of keratoses, calluses, mycoses of the feet. Regenerates, strengthens hair, eliminates seborrhea .
Healing properties: effective against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Stimulates immunity, increases phagocytic activity of macrophages. Effective in influenza, acute respiratory diseases, angina, catarrhs of the bronchopulmonary system. Removes rhinitis, helps with otitis. Anti-cough remedy with pronounced bronchodilating action. Cleans the oral cavity, removes plaque, prevents the formation of tartar, the development of caries, gingivitis, periodontal disease, eliminates unpleasant odors in the mouth. It has analgesic, antispasmodic action. Optimizes digestion, cures food intoxication syndrome (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), intestinal infections. Anti-traumatic agent in wounds, bruises, contusions, sprains. Removes inflammations in the urogenital sphere (cystitis, urethritis, adnexitis, endometritis, prostatitis). Eliminates vaginitis, an effective remedy for candidomycosis and leucorrhoea (white discharge), a means of intimate cosmetics, a preventive measure against the spread of venereal infections.
Application in the home: for the preparation of anti-cold tea. Repellent (drives away insects), removes burning, swelling, redness after insect bites. Used for sauna. Decontaminates indoor air. Anti-epidemic agent.