Home » Categories » Multiple Categories

Melaleuca alternifolia

Melaleuca alternifolia

(tea tree)


Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) will thrive in any soil but it needs full sun and a deeply dug and well-composted hole in which to begin its life. It will grow up to seven metres in height if left free but the secret is to cut it back to knee height every two or three years. This is what keeps it softly vigorous, tidy and attractive. It has a paper bark and the bark is used medicinally too, to bind over sores, wounds, corns and cracked heels. An easy-to-make lotion of leaves, sprigs and pieces of bark is a superb wash or spray for bites, rashes, scratches, heat rash, itchiness, fungal infections, acne and oily skin, and can be used as a rinse for oily hair and athletes foot.

Tea tree cleanser

The leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, the ‘tea tree’, have refreshing, healing and cleansing properties and, as a bonus, they keep the mosquitoes away, so grow one of your own! Simmer 1½ cups tea tree sprigs in 1-cup natural aqueous cream for 20 minutes (use a double boiler), then strain out the sprigs and store the cream in a glass jar. Three teaspoons of vitamin E oil mixed into the cream will help preserve it. Natural aqueous cream also makes a good base for herbal moisturizing creams and scrubs for problem skin.

Article by Margaret Roberts
Attachments Attachments
There are no attachments for this article.
Comments Comments
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Related Articles RSS Feed
Mandevilla x amabilis ‘Moonlight Parfait’
Viewed 7827 times since Tue, May 28, 2013
Preparing for a summer herb garden
Viewed 3129 times since Wed, Apr 11, 2012
Mandevilla x amoena ‘Alice du Pont’
Viewed 4734 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Murraya exotica
Viewed 3375 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Lavandula dentata var. candicans
Viewed 4970 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Borago officinalis (Borage)
Viewed 2344 times since Mon, Jul 22, 2013
Veggies and Herbs for light shade
Viewed 10378 times since Thu, May 31, 2012
Lavendula (Lavender)
Viewed 7203 times since Tue, May 28, 2013
Mandevilla x amabilis ‘Pink Parfait’
Viewed 3928 times since Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Murdannia simplex
Viewed 13110 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012