The earth is rich with natural healing power and there may be no better example of this than Tea Tree essential oil. Tea tree oil purifies as it heals and is a must for any home medicine cabinet or first-aid kit.
Organic tea tree oil benefits range from managing blemishes to soothing itchy insect bites to treating nail fungus. Tea Tree oil for acne is also a popular and effective use for this aromatherapy favorite. There's little that this beloved aromatherapy oil can't do.
First named and described in 1770 by Captain Cook, Tea Tree was originally brewed as a tea and had long been used for medicinal purposes by indigenous tribes. The evergreen tree is native to Australia in wet lowland locations and grows about 10 to 25 feet. The Australian tea tree has papery white bark, dark-green needle-like leaves and colorful flowers.
Tea Tree belongs to a family of about 200 species of evergreen trees. The leaves are steam distilled to extract the clear pure essential oil.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves
Note: Middle - Top
Blends Well With: Peppermint, and other mints; Lemon, and other citrus
Aroma: Medicinal, clean, fresh, and camphorous
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Adult Max Dilution: 15%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
Apply Topically: Our tea tree essential oil is 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil like a Coconut oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically, especially if you have sensitive skin or a skin condition.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your tea tree oil using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
FIRST AID: In a 1 ounce squeeze bottle add: 5 drops of Tea Tree, 2 drops of Helichrysum, 3 drops of Lavender and 1 ounce of aloe vera gel. Apply 2-3 times a day or as needed to assist the body's natural process of healing. (1.7% dilution)
BITE AID: In a 1 ounce squeeze bottle add: 5 drops of Tea Tree, 2 drops of Peppermint, 3 drops Lavender and 1 ounce aloe vera gel. Apply 2-3 times a day or as needed to assist the body's natural process of relieving bug bites. (1.7% dilution)
SHAMPOO: Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 2 drops of Tea Tree and 1 drop of Cedarwood (Atlas). Massage well into the scalp to help relieve and itchy scalp and reduce dandruff; rinse well before using conditioner.
INHALER/DIFFUSER: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Tea Tree, 5 drops of Eucalyptus (Radiata) and 5 drops of Niaouli. Or add 5-6 drops of this blend to your diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
TOENAIL CREAM: To a 2 ounce squeeze bottle add: 15 drops of Tea Tree, 6 drops of Niaouli, 4 drops of Clove and 2 ounces of lotion. Mix and apply on the affected area 2-3 times daily or as needed to help reduce inflammation and bacteria. (2.1% dilution)
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