Use Aus­tralian Tea Tree oil for pu­rity, qual­ity, an­ti­sep­tic & skin health prop­er­ties

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Words Anna Dous­debes De­sign Olek­san­dra Zuieva

Dr Anna Dous­debes

ITseems the sim­ple Tea Tree Oil has some amaz­ing health and heal­ing prop­er­ties in­clud­ing its an­ti­sep­tic and skin health prop­er­ties. But all oils sold as Tea Tree Oils, are not of the same qual­ity. Anna Dous­debes, Phar­ma­cist and Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor from the con­sumer health care com­pany Mundipharma, shares her knowl­edge about Tea Tree Oil and its health ben­e­fits.

Q1: What is Me­laleuca Oil?

A1: Me­laleuca Oil, also known as Tea Tree Oil, is an es­sen­tial oil that is dis­tilled from the leaves of the shrub Me­laleuca al­terni­fo­lia and is known for its an­ti­sep­tic and skin heal­ing prop­er­ties. Aus­tralian Me­laleuca Oil is world renowned for its pu­rity and qual­ity.

Q2: What medic­i­nal prop­er­ties does Me­laleuca Oil have to ver­ify its claims of treat­ing cuts, stings, burns and grazes?

A2: Me­laleuca Oil has a long his­tory of tra­di­tional use dat­ing back to the In­dige­nous Aus­tralians of the North­ern Rivers region of New South Wales. These people were the first to use crushed tea tree leaves and a bind­ing mud mix­ture for a va­ri­ety of wounds and skin prob­lems such as cuts, in­sect bites and burns. Stem­ming from this, the medic­i­nal ben­e­fits of Me­laleuca Oil have been re­searched for over 70 years in clin­i­cal stud­ies, with the an­tibac­te­rial, anti-in­flam­ma­tory and anti-fun­gal prop­er­ties of the oil now well recog­nised. More re­cently, con­sid­er­able re­search, much of it by the Tea Tree Oil Re­search Group, Univer­sity of Western Australia, has re­vealed Tea Tree Oil to be ef­fec­tive as an an­tibac­te­rial, an­ti­fun­gal, anti-vi­ral and anti-in­flam­ma­tory agent us­ing mod­ern, con­trolled clin­i­cal trial con­di­tions. More in­for­ma­tion on the re­search con­ducted with Me­laleuca Oil can be found on the Aus­tralian Tea Tree In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (ATTIA) web­site. Q3: How is the Me­laleuca plant har­vested to en­sure that the medic­i­nal prop­er­ties are not dam­aged and ren­dered in­ac­tive?

A3: The process of har­vest­ing and dis­till­ing Me­laleuca Oil has de­vel­oped sig­nif­i­cantly since its early use in Australia as ex­plained in this video. To­day, the har­vest­ing is com­pleted with spe­cially de­signed equip­ment to cre­ate high qual­ity mulch from the leaves, which is called a bio-mass. This bio-mass is sealed in a stain­less-steel bin and in­fused with wa­ter va­por. The va­por cracks the oil cells in the leaf and bonds to the oil mol­e­cule cre­at­ing con­den­sate. The con­den­sate pro­duced is pro­cessed through a sep­a­ra­tor and is dis­tilled care­fully, pass­ing through a series of fil­ters be­fore be­ing stored in stain­less steel drums. To en­sure the high­est qual­ity oil, each batch is tested at South­ern Cross Univer­sity, against tar­get spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Due to the rig­or­ous dis­til­la­tion method, the key an­tibac­te­rial com­po­nent in our Me­laleuca Oil, is at least 45% greater than that of ISO and Aus­tralian

stan­dards. It is an im­por­tant step in the process to en­sure we have the high­est qual­ity ac­tive ingredient for our range of medic­i­nal prod­ucts.

Q4: When one great prod­uct en­ters the mar­ket, there are many copies. How can the read­ers en­sure that they get the best Tea Tree Oil prod­uct avail­able?

A4: It is im­por­tant to note that not all Me­laleuca Oil is the same. Pure Aus­tralian Me­laleuca Oil is a com­plex com­pound con­sist­ing of more than 100 com­po­nents which work syn­er­gis­ti­cally to pro­duce the in­her­ent medic­i­nal prop­er­ties of the oil. Un­for­tu­nately, re­cent times has seen the emer­gence of adul­ter­ated Me­laleuca Oil, where oil has been di­luted with syn­thetic com­po­nents. The ‘na­ture iden­ti­cal’ oil is cre­ated syn­thet­i­cally us­ing only fif­teen of the 100+ com­po­nents of the true and pure prod­uct. Since it is only these fif­teen com­po­nents that are listed in the Aus­tralian (AS 2782-2009) and In­ter­na­tional Stan­dards (ISO 4730) for Tea Tree Oil, ‘na­ture iden­ti­cal’ oil is made to mimic 100% pure oil. This makes it dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish the two. The im­por­tance of us­ing prod­ucts con­tain­ing only 100% pure Me­laleuca Oil lies in the fact that adul­ter­ated or syn­thetic prod­ucts have no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to sup­port their ef­fec­tive­ness. Fur­ther­more, adul­ter­ated or syn­thetic oils are not sup­ported by the long his­tory of tra­di­tional use by the in­dige­nous Aus­tralians.

Q5: Is Me­laleuca oil a top­i­cal treat­ment or is it sold as a tablet or mix­ture?

A5: Me­laleuca Oil is used in its pure form ei­ther alone, or as an ac­tive ingredient in top­i­cal for­mu­la­tions. It is used for its an­tibac­te­rial, anti-in­flam­ma­tory and anti-fun­gal prop­er­ties in creams, gels or pow­ders. Me­laleuca Oil is for top­i­cal use only and should not be in­gested.

Anna Dous­debes, BPharm. Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing as a Phar­ma­cist, she spent 10 years work­ing within the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and con­sumer health in­dus­try. Her special in­ter­est is in con­sumer health and com­ple­men­tary medicines. She cur­rently works as the Sci­en­tific Ad­vi­sor for a con­sumer health care com­pany Mundipharma, Australia.

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