The Melaleuca alternifolia* essential oil is refreshing and cleansing. It has a strong herbaceous and woody scent. It is is considered “The Oil of Energetic Boundaries” due to its natural cleansing properties. We all know of the disinfectant nature of Tea Tree Oil and in particular in its ability to release codependent and parasitic relationships. This Aussie super hero helps you in cleansing practices and in discharging poisonous garbage.
Let’s look at how it benefits us physically:
Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to promote a clear, healthy complexion. Taken internally, Melaleuca enhances immunity when seasonal threats are high, and Melaleuca can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats. Melaleuca is frequently used on minor skin irritations to soothe the skin and help it recover quickly. Diffusing Melaleuca will help purify and freshen the air.
Now let’s see how it benefits us energetically:
Melaleuca is able to clear negative energetic baggage that you may be carrying. It helps you release toxic relationships that deplete your energy unaware. Melaleuca helps you break free from any negative ties from these toxic relationships and frees up space for new and healthier connections. This essential oil may also assist you in recognizing the issues within you that allowed you to make these toxic relationships to begin with. It not only helps us to step into our own strength and individuality and get out of codependency, but also release those connections that have become unbalanced, draining, or stop us from growing. Do you recognise yourself in this? I sure do and know many people that need to know this!
Perhaps most importantly, Melaleuca empowers and encourages you to let go of all forms of self-betrayal such as letting others take advantage of your time, energy or abilities. It helps you prevent others from feeding off of your energy and supports you in standing up for yourself and not taking the responsibility or blame for others’ problems. Try diffusing this oil with Lemongrass which is the Oil of Cleansing (energetically). Tea Tree helps the individual in purifying their practices and releasing all emotional wounds that no longer serve. Once old wounds are released, the body can then change the behavioral patterns that led to the wounding to begin with. This may be particularly helpful for those that play the victim or “poor me” role. The emotional roots are often associated with distrust of self or others, guilt and shame. Of all which, can be released with the assistance of Tea Tree. In this way it helps us to love ourselves, trust our own abilities, enjoy our own presence, say no when we need to, and honour our needs for respect or love from the right people in our lives.
This oil will actually expand ALL chakras and then align them with the crown chakra.
Melaleuca blends well with all citrus oils, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme.
Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Arborvitae, Lemon, Oregano.
* There are different chemotypes of Melaleuca and the one that I use is this Melaleuca alternifolia from Australian native plant. The leaves of the Melaleuca tree were used by the Aborigines of Australia for centuries. They would crush the leaves and inhale the oil to promote clear breathing and apply the leaves directly to the skin to help with recovery.
There is more “tea tree oil” on the market than there is plant material to have produced it. This means a large amount of what is called tea tree is either synthetic or adulterated to include synthetics. Always look for 100% pure essential oils and check that the correct species name is listed on the bottle’s label: Melaleuca alternifolia. Ideally look for oil that’s therapeutic grade and organic, which ensures it’s been tested and meets all criteria, plus it will be free from chemical toxins, fillers or solvents. The composition of tea tree oils sold are regulated by an international standard for “Oil of Melaleuca—terpinen-4-ol type,” which sets minimum and maximum standards for 14 active components of the oil. Six common varieties, or chemotypes, of M. alternifolia are normally sold as tea tree essential oil, but to date no obvious differences in their bioactivity or effectiveness have been found, therefore all seem like good choices.
In addition to this issue, much of the “real stuff” is actually distilled with a chemical distillation process, making it much more precarious to use. Due to this, not all melaleuca oil can be used in the same way as mentioned here. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitisation. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.