Tea Tree Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
The health benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific substance. Tea tree oil is one of the most extensively researched essential oils, and one of the most backed by the findings and conclusions discovered from the studies done on it. It is produced from a shrub like tree by the name of Melaleuca alternifolia, which is found along streams and in swampy areas in its native land of Australia.
Tea tree essential oil has been used for acne, boils, abscesses, ringworm, athlete’s foot, oily skin, minor wounds, inflamed skin, and staph infections, as it is believed to kill pathogenic organisms found on the skin without harming the skin’s natural balance.
For respiratory infections, tea tree essential oil is a must. With it’s antibiotic and antiviral properties, it has been used to help the body fight colds and flu, sinus infections, bronchitis, cough, sore throat and ear ache. For respiratory inhalations, a traditional favorite is to blend it with lemon and eucalyptus and/or thyme.
The stimulant property of tea tree essential oil can be very beneficial for taking care of certain hair conditions. If you suffer from dandruff or hair loss, simply apply a diluted amount of tea tree essential oil to your scalp. The increased blood flow that you experience will help your follicle stay healthy and strengthen the hold on your hair, so you won’t suffer from premature hair loss. Also, since the skin will become healthier, it will be easier to keep moisturized, reducing the amount of dandruff and dry skin!
Parts Used: Leaves and twigs
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Warm, fresh, spicy, camphoraceous, minty
Blends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium juniper, lavender lemon, lime, marjoram, nutmeg, oakmoss, oregano, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rosemary, spearmint, thyme and ylang-ylang
Caution: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in the eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Do not use tea tree oil directly on burns. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier). The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not considered appropriate for treatment of illness. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.