Tea tree oil is one of the most well-known essential oils for purifying and cleansing. Tea tree effectively supports wellness and is an excellent oil to employ during the challenging winter season. Organic tea tree oil is an important addition to your home medicine cabinet and first aid kit due to its fast and effective healing capabilities.
Tea Tree Oil has shown a high degree of efficacy in clearing and promoting healthy nails. It can also be applied topically in ointments, salves and compresses to encourage skin health and is important oil for cleansing and restoring healthy skin tissue when properly diluted.
Where Does Tea Tree Oil Come From?
Pure Aromatherapy Tea Tree Oil for therapeutic use is clear/pale yellow in appearance with a clean, fresh medicinal aroma. It has the consistency of water and is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the native Australian shrub Melaleuca Alternifolia.
The use of this oil as an antiseptic has been found to be ten times more powerful than carbolic acid and yet is non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin.
What Are The Benefits?
The Australian Aborigines were the first to unearth the benefits of Tea Tree long ago when they began to harvest the leaves for their medicinal use. Tea Tree oil products are now increasingly sought after as extensive scientific studies over recent years have shown it to be effective against bacterial and other microbial organisms. You may like to read this fascinating research article on the use of Tea Tree Oil. Melaleuca Oil is also a parasiticide and used by many as a flea, headlouse and insect repellent.
How Safe Is It?
Tea Tree oil is non-toxic.
It is generally non-irritating but as with all essential oils those with sensitive skin should use the oil in low dilutions to begin with.
Tea Tree oil should not be taken internally!
Tea Tree is one of only two essential oils (Lavender being the other) which is often used neat on the skin in small amounts by applying one or two drops directly to spots, cuts, insect bites, stings, blisters and problems such as warts, verrucae, cold sores, shingles and Chickenpox lesions.
During prolonged or debilitating illness blend 3 - 6 drops of Tea Tree Oil in 2 teaspoons of vegetable carrier oil for a stimulating massage.
To combat the spread of airborne bacteria during illness, vapourise 8 drops of Tea Tree in an oil burner, or mix 20 drops with 200ml of spring water in a glass plant sprayer and spray directly into the air, shaking well before each use.
The use of Tea Tree, perhaps combined with Eucalyptus or Peppermint oils, in a steam inhalation can be a very effective method of easing the airways during respiratory infections, cattarh, colds or flu. Add 5 drops to a bowl of boiling water, cover the head with a towel and inhale the vapours for several minutes.
5 drops added to a warm bath can help induce sweating to lower a fever during illness.
To soothe troublesome feet add 3 - 5 drops of oil to a warm foot bath and soak the feet daily. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel, especially between the toes.
Make up a mouthwash or gargle by diluting 3 drops of Tea Tree in a teaspoon of brandy. Stir into a glass of warm water and gargle or swish around the mouth. DO NOT SWALLOW!
To treat flea infestation in dogs or rabbits, prepare a repellent spray by diluting 2 drops of Tea Tree in 300ml (½ pint) of warm water. Brush the fur in the wrong direction and spray the coat with this solution, working from the tail to the head, avoiding the eyes. Brush the coat back into place and towel dry to remove excess spray. Repeat at 5 day intervals until clear. * Tea Tree oil should not be used to treat cats *
A natural anti-bacterial kitchen surface spray can be prepared by combining 60 drops of Tea Tree oil with 500ml of spring water in a plant sprayer. Other oils such as Lemon, Mandarin or Pine may be added for fragrance and to increase de-greasing power. Shake well before each use and dry surfaces thoroughly before food preparation. (Not suitable for polished wood surfaces such as tabletops).
This preparation is also excellent for cleaning up after pets on kitchen floors.
Chewing gum can be removed from hair or clothing with an application of neat Tea Tree oil.
Fungal Plant Diseases such as Mildew, Rust and Blackspot can be treated with Tea Tree oil which has anti-fungal properties.
Tea Tree Oil Uses:
Acne: One of the most common uses for tea tree oil today is in skin care products, as it's considered one of the most effective home remedies for acne.
You can make a homemade gentle tea tree oil acne face wash by mixing five drops of pure tea tree essential oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Simply rub on your face, leave on for one minute, and then rinse off.
Hair: Tea tree oil has proven very beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp. Like coconut oil for hair, tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and even can be used for the treatment of lice.
Cleaning: Another fantastic way to use tea tree oil is as a household cleaner. Tea tree oil has powerful antimicrobial properties and can kill off bad bacteria in your home.
Psoriasis and Eczema: Tea tree oil can help relieve any type of skin inflammation, including being used as a natural eczema treatment and for reducing psoriasis. Simply mix one teaspoon coconut oil, five drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender oil to make homemade tea tree oil eczema lotion or body soap.
Mold: A common problem many people experience in their homes is mold infestation, oftentimes without even being aware of it. Consider buying a diffuser and diffusing tea tree oil in the air around your home to kill mold and other bad bacteria. Also, you can spray tea tree oil cleaner onto shower curtains,your laundry machine, dishwasher or toilet to kill off mold.
Infections and Cuts: Tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil is the perfect ingredient in a homemade wound ointment.
Toothpaste for Oral Health: Because of tea tree oil's ability to kill off bad bacteria and at the same time soothe inflamed skin, it's a perfect ingredient in homemade toothpaste and mouthwash.
Do not take tea tree oil internally. Do not apply directly to the eyes or mucous membranes. Potential for Skin Irritation: Medium (some people have no reaction to tea tree directly on the skin, while others have extreme reactions-please exercise caution).