We’ve all heard about Tea Tree essential oil, right?
Well, it’s become one of my favorite oils. Why? Not because I’m crazy about the scent – it’s kinda medicinal and camphorous and sorta PIERCING, you know? But I’m crazy about how VERSATILE Tea Tree essential oil is. The benefits of Tea Tree oil can be experienced in housecleaning, personal hygiene, and first aid!
I love to use Tea Tree oil around the house. It’s a staple in anything I make to clean my kitchen and bathroom surfaces. I also like to use it whenever I make an air-freshening spritz.
Tea Tree essential oil is also the first oil I think of whenever skin issues present themselves. If we have an instance of itchy skin, or a pimple, I like to blend a little touch of Tea Tree oil with other essential oils such as lavender and cedarwood, into some coconut oil. There are people who have reported improvement of acne when they use Tea Tree essential oil, blended in a little oil.
Tea Tree oil is in many cosmetic and dental & skin-care preparations you buy in the store.
I use Tea Tree oil in one of my soaps. In fact, that soap is called ‘Tea Tree Goodness’. It’s combined with Peppermint, Rosemary and Lavender essential oils. It’s fresh, refreshing, invigorating and makes you feel like going “Woohoo!!!!!” when you’re all lathered up with it in the shower.
So what’s the big deal about Tea Tree essential oil?
First of all its proper name is Melaleuca alternifolia (try saying that 3 times fast). The essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the tree of the same name. These trees are native to Australia. In fact the best quality of Tea Tree essential oil comes to us from Australia.
Uses of Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil is credited with a lot of therapeutic properties, and these claims seem to have a fair amount of science behind them. Here are some of the reputed benefits of Tea Tree oil:
- anti-fungal: inhibiting the growth of fungus
- anti-septic: fighting germs & infections
- anti-microbial: killing or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms
If you want to use it around the house, you can use it alone in your blends, or you can combine it with other essential oils for a great scent and improved effectiveness.
Here’s a simple recipe you can use to freshen up the air in your kitchen and bathroom:
1 cup (4 oz) water
about a tablespoon of vinegar
20 drops Tea Tree essential oil
10 drops Lemon essential oil
10 drops Orange essential oil
Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well – shake very well – and spritz spritz spritz!
IMPORTANT: You should keep a separate set of containers and utensils for anything you’re going to make using essential oils. Don’t use the same containers for preparing or eating food!
As with any other essential oil we have to be careful and discerning about how we use Tea Tree oil. Always dilute Tea Tree esential oil into a vegetable oil eg coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, etc., before using on your skin. Check to see if you’re allergic to this oil by applying a diluted blend of it to a small area of your skin, like your elbow, and waiting up to 24 hours to see if you have a reaction.