Pharmacist – Formulator Phytotherapy expert
Melaleuca or Tea Tree
Melaleuca alternifolia, massive at about six meters high, comes from Australia in defense of dogs. She immediately marks her arrival with a strong smell released from the essential oil derived from her leaves: Tea Tree Oil. Melaleuca is one of the most powerful phytonutrient superheroes belonging to the Myrtaceae family also a relative of the Sardinian Mirto.
Melaleuca should neither be confused with Melaleuca leucodendron, also called Cajeput, given her medium germicidal powers, nor with the Melaleuca viridiflora also known to enemies with the name of Niaouli with her balsamic activity.
Melaleuca has both fungicidal and germicidal powers. Dermal infections are thus the main enemies that she combats for eternity in order to drive fungi and germs from the skin.
Melaleuca collaborates her good deeds with the body by helping to initiate and develop the self-healing process that she already owns. Beware when asking for the help of her superpowers! The essential oil can be highly irritating internally and one must use its skills with caution, although it is well tolerated by the mucous membranes and can consistently solicit its intervention in extended periods of time.
The phytocomplex is constituted by organic compounds and in particular by terpinene, α-terpineol, p-cymene, phenols and cineole also known as eucalyptol.
Where to find her
The dog’s ear is the main microenvironment where Melaleuca does her job, acting in cases of otitis, to combat saprophytes that are generated by an immune deficiency or food poisoning.
You can find her into our Forza10 Oto Active ready to go to action. Her powers are also used in our Eco bio Line phytocosmetics.
In 1770, Captain Cook, the renowned British explorer, landed in Australia where he passed through a dense vegetation of fragrant shrubs and came in contact with the natives discovering their use of those leaves to relieve and facilitate the treatment of abrasions, bites and wounds.
The Captain exploited those leaves to create a substitute for tea, which is the origin of the current name Tea Tree Oil. It was fundamental to protect him and his crew against gastroenteritis and many other problems, except pirates.