Latin Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Tea Tree hails from Australia where the leaves are revered by the aboriginal people for their medicinal uses. It’s value as a powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil makes it an important addition to The Home Medicine Cabinet. While other oils have a stronger germicidal effect, tea tree’s milder action allows long term use without fear of skin irritation.
There are many products that include tea tree on store shelves. This is because tea tree is known for its remarkable skin healing properties. It also provides pain relief while cleaning wounds and infections. It is often included in dental hygiene products because of its antiseptic qualities.
HOW TO USE tea tree essential oil
- Cleanse and Purify the Air: Diffusion. May combine with eucalyptus and lavender. This is especially beneficial during cold and flu season.
- Wounds, Burns, Blisters, Rashes: 1) Topical Application diluted to 3 to 5% using a carrier oil. 2) Cool Compress by mixing 10 drops essential oil with 4 ounces of water. Soak cloth in water mixture and apply to affected area.
- Insect Bites: Topical Application.
- Dandruff: Mix a few drops with shampoo in the palm of your hand. Shampoo as usual.
- Acne: 1) Topical Application. 2) Facial Massage
- Lice: Topical Application.
- Chickenpox: Cool Compress by mixing 10 drops essential oil with 4 ounces of water. Soak cloth in water mixture and apply to affected area.
- Fever: 1) Diffusion. 2) Direct Inhalation. 3) Topical Application. 4) Whole Body Massage. 5) Aromatic Bath.
- Respiratory Infections, Colds: 1) Direct Inhalation. 2) Steam Inhalation
- Tooth and Gum Infections: Mix 2 drops with 2 ounces of water. Swish in mouth. Do not swallow!
- Fungal Infections, Warts: Topical Application.
- Immune Strengthening: 1) Diffusion. 2) Direct Inhalation. 3) Topical Application. 4) Whole Body Massage. 5) Aromatic Bath.
- Cold Sores: Topical Application
- 2% dilution equals 2 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5ml) carrier oil
- 3% dilution equals 3 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil
- 4% dilution equals 4 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil
- 5% dilution equals 5 drops essential oil per teaspoon (5 ml) carrier oil
Carrier Oils include almond, avocado, jojoba, olive and coconut. Carrier oils are absorbed through the skin so make sure you use a pure, organic oil.
Check out this article to learn more choosing a carrier oil specific to your needs.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS for using tea tree essential oil
- Tea Tree essential oil should not be used topically on children under 2 years of age.
- Non-toxic, non-irritant.
- May rarely cause sensitization reactions in some individuals.
- Do not take internally.
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