The uses of this essential oil are limitless with applications for body, mind, spirit, and as a household cleaning product. With an aroma described as leathery, green, and herbaceous it is derived through steam distillation from the leaf of the Melaleuca tree. For centuries, Australia’s Aborigines have used this oil for the cooling effect it has on skin, to clear breathing passages, and to promote feelings of rejuvenation. Those same uses apply today, but many more have been added. Tea tree combines nicely with spruce, rosemary, pine, nutmeg, lemon, lavender, pink grapefruit, eucalyptus, cypress, bergamot, and other essential oils.
OVERALL BENEFITS OF TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OILS
- Help to promote healthy immune function
- Assist in prevention against seasonal and environmental threats
- Purify and cleanse not only home surfaces but skin as well
- Offer rejuvenating qualities
- Used to combat dandruff, head lice, oily skin, and acne
USES FOR TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OILS
This essential oil can be used topically in several applications. Mixing up to two drops with fractionated coconut oil or another essential oil provides a refreshing massage aid or it can be applied full strength to relieve occasional skin irritation. To further utilize its cleansing properties, a couple of drops can be applied to the skin after shaving. Adding up to four drops in your favorite diffuser can assist in purifying the air for a more rejuvenating feel and to promote a healthier, cleaner environment. And for healthier looking toenails and fingernails, apply after showering for a purifying effect.
Avoid contact with sensitive areas such as inner ears or eyes. If you are under a doctor’s care, nursing, or pregnant consult a physician before using. Always keep out of reach of children. Some individuals with sensitive skin may have reactions to certain essential oils, including tea tree.