Tea Tree Hydrolat
Tea Tree hydrolat is cooling and can be sprayed on the skin to keep fresh and clean
Melaleuca alternifolia has a long history of use for almost every ailment for the Aboriginal people of Australia and is used in much the same way as lavender is in Europe – for everything!
This small elegant tree grows in Australia and is farmed specifically for its essential oil, with the hydrolat being a pleasant by-product. Tea tree oil and hydrolat are antiseptic and are useful for keeping clean and for helping the irritation of insect bites. Its anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties help relieve symptoms of sore throat by gargling, and coughs and gingivitis when used as a mouthwash. Dilute in a douche for thrush, candidiasis and reproductive or urinary tract infections. It is the perfect hydrolat for cleansing all cuts, scrapes and wounds.
Hydrolats are the aromatic waters produced by the steam distillation of botanical material, usually during the production of essential oils. Hydro means water and lat comes from the word for milk, because when fresh these waters can be cloudy or milky from the suspended soluble plant extracts.
Hydrolats are gentle and effective. They contain only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material plus microscopic drops of the essential oils. They may be used undiluted without problems but it is usually unnecessary as they are just as effective in dilution – less can be more! Generally calming and soothing.
How to use
|Use hydrolats as facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
|Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment.
|Add up to 100ml to an adult bath and 50ml to a child’s bath
|Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to ease everyday stresses and strains. For a cold compress use a cold cloth and for warm, use a warm cloth.