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Apurva Tathe

Callistemon Viminalis : Alternative to tea tree plant

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Have you ever heard of tea tree plant alternative? So my new experiment is on Callistemon Viminalis or Melaleuca Viminalis, commonly known as weeping bottlebrush (1) has quite similarities with Melaleuca Alternifolia or commonly known as tea tree plant  because they both belong to the Myrtaceae family (2). I have come to know about this plant accidentally because it exactly looks like tea tree plant and  when I researched about it, I compared and found that they almost have similar chemical composition so they both have same antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. some of the main active chemical components are :

1,8 cineole, terpinen-4-ol, α-pinene, α-terpineol, p-cymene and limonene are common in both plants but These components have different concentration in both plants (3).

So I decided to put it on test and see what are the effects it has on skin so I made infused oil with bottlebrush leaves. I dried the leaves and put it in a jar with coconut oil and kept it under the sun for 10-20 days. This oil has a very strong smell and I have been applying this oil to my face daily and it’s been 5 months, I have been working on it and the results are amazing.Its dry leaves contain more antioxidant properties and We all have known that the antioxidants play an essential role in oxidative stress of cells by donating electrons to free radicals and thereby reducing the inflammation. Antioxidants are like soldiers always protecting our skin cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. So this oil has surprising effects on frequent flushing and reducing the post flare-up red blotches of blood capillaries just like the tea tree oil does but before you use this oil take a patch test on your hand first and see if you have any allergy or sensitivity and if you do make it more diluted with coconut oil. This is good for type I rosacea and try it.It’s all natural.

 

References :

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melaleuca_viminalis

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melaleuca_alternifolia

3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1995764517303905#bib8

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Thanks Apurva for your research and investigation into this. Hope some substantiate your findings. 

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