Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) comes from the leaves of the tea tree. It grows in the swampy southeast Australian coast. You may also know it as melaleuca oil.
Tea Tree essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils because of its versatility. It is best known for its pimple-fighting abilities.
- contains a compound called terpinen-4-ol, which is known to kill certain bacteria and viruses
- Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties
- Helps repels Mosquitos, Bed Bugs, Dust Mites, Lice, Ticks, Bees, Ants and Spiders
- conducive to faster hair growth by nourishing hair follicles and roots, producing strong and thick hair.
Combine with a carrier oil to:
- apply on the face to help reduce the bacteria that causes acne
- help treat a nail fungal infection
- help prevent bug bite as well as soothing bites that have slipped in
Add a few drops to the diffuser of your choice to:
- help purify indoor air in the home
- banish odors
Add a few drops:
- to witch hazel to use as a facial toner for acne
- although not as effective as a prescription product Tea Tree oil is a natural way to help treat Athlete’s foot
- shampoo to help reduce itchiness of the scalp, increase shampoo’s cleansing abilities and rejuvenate dull dry hair
- witch hazel and castile soap for a makeup brush cleaner
Because Tea Tree oil has an herbaceous aroma, it blends well with other invigorating and refreshing essential oils like Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Lemon.
WORD OF CAUTION
Always mix Tea Tree essential oil with a carrier oil before applying topically. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin. In people with acne, it can sometimes cause skin dryness, itching, sting, burning and redness. Tea Tree oil is toxic to pets, whether it is applied to the skin/fur, used in diffusers or licked up in the case of a spill.
As a general rule, pregnant or nursing women should consult their physician before using essential oils.
Never ingest tea tree oil, because it's poisonous if swallowed, according to the National Capital Poison Center.
Tea Tree oil can make skin more sensitive to the sun so don’t apply it immediately before going outdoors.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.