Tea Tree essential oil has always been used to fight infections and destroy microbes. Ever wonder why?
One of the active components in Tea Tree is called â€œterpinen-4-ol.â€ Terpinen-4-ol activates monocytes (a kind of white blood cell) in the body. In response to inflammation, monocytes go to the site of an infection and boost cellular performance for a greater immune response. Read more about it in this blog post!
A great way to use Tea Tree to fight respiratory infections is to inhale it. In his Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Salvatore Battaglia says:
â€œThe Australian aborigines have long recognized the virtues of tea tree. The leaves were simply crushed in the hand and the volatile oil inhaled to relieve colds and headaches.â€
You can get these benefits by doing a steam the moment you feel a cold coming on.
Steam & Stop This Cold Now!
25 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
25 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)
25 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
Drop your oils into a 5 ml bottle with an orifice reducer. This is your â€œstock blend,â€ and you can use it many times, since youâ€™ll only be using 1 drop for your steam.
Add 1 drop to a bowl of steaming water, close your eyes, and lean over the bowl to inhale the steam. Repeat several times a day for a week, then pause a few days, then repeat for another week. You can see the steaming technique in a video I made here.
If youâ€™d like to get a look at a tea tree plantation, I have some pictures here. I had the chance to visit one in South Africa. It was such an amazing experience (and as usual, I took pictures)!