Plants & Herbs 101: Tea Tree, Frankincense


Scientific Name: Melaleuca Alternifolia


Common or Folk name: Tea Tree


Plant Family: Myrtaceae


Origin & Environment:  Native of Australia.


Maximum Size: Tea tree is a small tree, growing to a height of 22 feet.


Common Uses: The oil can be used neat on minor wounds and small infections, as well as plantar warts, as well as rubbing it into the scalp to get rid of nits (the eggs of head lice), but for other applications must be diluted in a suitable carrier oil. Wounds and scrapes can be washed out with a mixture to disinfect the area. It also helps to soothe sore muscles and generally fortifies the body.


Health Hazzards: Can cause skin irritation and swelling if not properly diluted.


Spiritual Ussage: Used for aura cleansing, protection, purification, to open mental channels and mental clarity, unclog upper chakras. Wide application in aromatherapy.




Scientific Name:  Boswellia Sacra


Common or Folk name: Frankincense


Plant Family:  Burseraceae


Origin & Environment:  Frankincense is indigenous to Arabia and the Horn of Africa.


Maxiumum size: 2 mm diameter and bark with no size limit.


Common Uses:  Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain(rheumatism), bursitis, and tendonitis. Other uses include ulcerative colitis, abdominal pain, asthma, hay fever, sore throat, syphilis, painful menstruation, pimples, and cancer. Indian frankincense is also used as a stimulant, to increase urine flow, and for stimulating menstrual flow.


Health Hazzards: Can cause skin irritation and swelling if not properly diluted.


Spiriutal Ussage: Frankincense was used by the Egyptians to aid the release of the soul from the body in religious rituals. This facilitated the connection with Spirit, and raised the level of consciousness. In the process of release, frankincense brought strength and protection. It was used internally in preparations addressing weakness, both physical and spiritual. It was often combined in a recipe for anointment with cypress and cedar wood. The use of this combination is not specified, but cypress and cedar wood are both oils of preservation and used for transition into the afterlife. We may assume that Frankincense in this formula was for strength and protection. Frankincense was also used in the embalming process.






Peace & Blessings.

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