Tea Tree Essential Oil
pure, undiluted, therapeutic grade
What Is Tea Tree Oil and How Does It Work?
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia.
Although Melaleuca alternifolia is known as the tea tree, it should not be confused with the plant that produces leaves used to make black, green and oolong tea.
Tea tree oil has been used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for centuries. These native Australians crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing.
Today, tea tree oil is widely available as a 100% undiluted or “neat” oil. Diluted forms are also available, ranging from 5–50% strength in products designed for the skin.
1. Hand Sanitizer
Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural hand sanitizer.
Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness.
2. Insect Repellent
Tea tree oil may help keep pesky insects away.
One study found that 24 hours after being treated with tea tree oil, cows had 61% fewer flies than cows not treated with tea tree oil.
Furthermore, a test-tube study revealed that tea tree oil had a greater ability to repel mosquitoes than DEET, the most common active ingredient in commercial insect repellents
3. Natural Deodorant
Tea tree oil’s antibacterial effects may help control underarm odor related to perspiration.
Sweat itself does not smell. However, when secretions from your sweat glands combine with bacteria on your skin, a moderate to strong odor is produced.
Your underarm area contains a large concentration of these glands and is mainly responsible for what is commonly referred to as “body odor.” Tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting properties make it an ideal natural alternative to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.
4. Antiseptic for Minor Cuts and Scrapes
Injuries that result in broken skin make it easy for germs to enter your bloodstream, which can lead to infection.
Tea tree oil can be used to treat and disinfect minor cuts and abrasions by killing bacteria that can cause infection in open wounds.
To disinfect a cut or scrape, follow these steps:
Clean the cut thoroughly with plain soap and water
Mix one drop of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil
Apply a small amount of the mixture to the injury and cover with a bandage
Repeat this process once or twice daily until a scab has formed
5. Boost Wound Healing
In addition to preventing infection in cuts and abrasions, tea tree oil may also encourage wound healing.
Research has shown that tea tree oil helps reduce inflammation and triggers the activity of white blood cells that are instrumental in the healing process.
A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to wound dressing each time a new dressing is applied.
6. Fight Acne
Tea tree oil can be a powerful weapon against acne.
In one study, applying a 5% tea tree gel to acne lesions was shown to be more than three times as effective at reducing the number of lesions than a placebo. It was nearly six times as effective in reducing severity.
In another study, tea tree oil was found to be as effective against acne as benzoyl peroxide, the most common anti-acne medication.
You can make your own acne treatment by mixing one part tea tree oil with nine parts water and applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed.
7. Get Rid of Nail Fungus
Fungal nail infections are quite common. Although they aren’t dangerous, they can be unsightly. There are medications that can treat nail fungus, though some people may prefer a more natural approach.
Tea tree oil has been shown to help get rid of nail fungus when used alone or in combination with other natural remedies.
You can use a few drops of tea tree oil alone or mix it with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply it to the affected area. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after applying in order to avoid spreading the fungus to other areas.
8. All-Purpose Cleaner
Tea tree oil makes a great all-purpose cleaner that also sanitizes surfaces.
Plus, it does so without leaving traces of chemicals you wouldn’t want your family members or pets coming in contact with.
Here’s an easy recipe for an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner:
Combine 20 drops of tea tree oil, 3/4 cup of water and a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.
Shake well until thoroughly mixed.
Spray directly onto surfaces and wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Make sure to shake the bottle before each use in order to mix the tea tree oil with the other ingredients.
Our essential oils are therapeutic grade, pure and undiluted. We are using these trusted oils in our shop to create all of our natural products.
Ingredients: pure undiluted therapeutic grade essential oil of tea tree. Botanical name: Melaleuca alternifolia.
Extracting method: steam distilled from leaves.
.5 oz / 15 ml dropper glass bottle
DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. My products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These statements are not meant to replace the advice of a healthcare professional nor your own research.
Not intended for use on small children. If you are pregnant, nursing or under the care of a physician for a chronic condition, please consult your physician before trying any essential oil products. For external use only. Individual results may vary.