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What is Tea Tree Oil?

Melaleuca alternifolia Tree Tree Oil is is steam distilled from leaves of the Australian native plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. Its color is pale yellow. The scent is camphor-like, strong, fresh and manly.

Tea Tree leaves have been used for traditional medicinal purposes for thousands of years; indigenous people have been using the plant for treatment of cold, cough and wounds.

Tea Tree Oil contains, among others, Alpha Terpinene, Alpha TerpineolGamma Terpinene, Terpinolene, Terpinenol and Alpha Terpineol. Terpinen-4-ol is the main and major component of the Tea Tree Oil which gives it potent anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Why use Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is an inexpensive and widely used essential oil. It has an incredibly potent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-viral properties. It can be used as a natural preservative in cosmetic formulations. It’s excellent for oily and acne prone skin, various fungal infections and dandruff among many others.

Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree Oil is one of rare essential oils which can be used alone, undiluted, but! – in a very small amount and not too often on the same spot. As with most other essential oils, it’s still best if you dilute Tea Tree Oil with carrier oils (works great with Olive oil).

Other essential oils, which can be mixed with Tea Tree Oil are, for example, cypress, thyme, rosemary, orange, lavender, mandarin and eucalyptus.

Tea Tree Oil in Beauty Products for Face

1. Aura Cacia soothing oil serum 2. Alva rhassoul active cream 3. Balm Balm tea tree organic face balm 4. Living Nature foundation 5. Balm Balm tea tree organic lip balm 6. Odylique spot on serum 7. Lavera anti-blemish stick 8. Living Nature manuka honey gel 9. Living Nature tinted moisturizer 10. Suki transformative masque 11. Antipodes saviour skin balm 12. MyChelle clear skin serum 13. Odylique purifying facial wash 14. Dr Mercola organic spot treatment 15. Dr Hauschka pure care cover stick 16. Dessert Essence natural tea tree oil facial cleansing pads 17. Suki concentrated clarifying toner 18. MyChelle clear skin clarifying pads 19. Burt’s Bees herbal blemish stick

Uses of Tea Tree Oil?

  • in facial oils, serums and creams, especially blemish treatment and anti-acne ones
  • body lotions
  • deodorants
  • lip balms
  • toners
  • shaving products
  • hair treatments (shampoo, conditioner, mask)
  • body washes and soap
  • nail and cuticle oils
  • oral hygiene (toothpaste and mouth wash)
  • natural anti-repellent

Tea Tree Oil in Beatuy Products for Body

1. Weleda sage deodorant 2. Jason toothpaste 3. Barefoot Botanicals soothing face and body wash 4. Bentley Organic hand wash 5. Nubian Heritage hand cream 6. Dessert Essence toothpaste 7. Dr Bronner’s hand wash 8. Balm Balm organic foot balm 9. Badger Balm mini foot balm 10. Dessert Essence natural refreshing tea tree mouthwash

Tea Tree Oil is recommended for:

  • oily and acne prone skin
  • sunburns, skin rashes, skin infections, cuts, sores
  • psoriasis, eczema
  • itchy scalp, dandruff, lice
  • Athlete’s foot, warts, toenail fungus, ringworm,
  • after shaving skin rashes
  • body massage (muscular pain and sprains due to its anti-inflammatory properties which stimulate blood flow)
  • ear infection and toothache
  • vaginal infection
  • insect bites
  • as an all-purpose house cleaner (mold, disinfection, air fresher, laundry fresher)
  • breathing conditions (asthma, congested sinuses) and cough

 

Tea Tree Oil in Beauty products for Hair

1. Avalon Organics scalp treatment conditioner 2. Faith in Nature tea tree shampoo 3. Weleda balancing shampoo 4. Giovanni tea tree triple treat conditioner 5. Giovanni triple treat invigorating shampoo 6. Green People Organic Homme itch away shampoo 7. Odylique tea tree & herb shampoo 8. Avalon Organics scalp treatment shampoo

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Tea Tree Oil is one of those ingredients I always keep at home. I’ve been using Tea Tree Oil for various purposes for well over a decade now. Whether it’s to treat earache, as an antibacterial ingredient for acne (use Q-tip and apply a small amount of Tea Tree Oil on acne) or as an added ingredient to vinegar and eco home made plum schnaps for house cleaning and disinfection; alternatively, you can also use it mixed with water. Another great way to use Tea Tree Oil is to mix with with green clay and Tea Tree hydrolate for facial mask. The uses of Tea Tree Oil are numerous and I can not recommend it enough!

Please note that essential oils are very toxic to animals.

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What are your favorite uses of Tea Tree Oil and which products containing Tea Tree Oil are your favorite?

 

Photo: Melaleuca alternifolia by Maria Serena via Wikipedia

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  1. My fave use for tea tree oil is when I feel a cold coming on, I add a few drops on a tissue with eucalyptus and lavender and put it close to my pillow in bed. It keeps my nose clear through the night and sometimes even wards off the cold. Also great on my itchy feet!!

  2. How do you use tea tree oil for earache? I really love Dr Bronner’s tea tree liquid soap which I use as a hand wash especially after peeling and chopping garlic and onions. I also really like using Thursday Plantation tea tree antiseptic cream on my legs after epilating, it completely calms down the irritation and prevents any spots from forming.

    • Hey Yasmin! For earache: a few drops of tea tree alone or mixed with olive oil on a Q-tip, then gently massage into an ear. You can also use tea tree hydrolate first, to clean the ear.
      Dr Bronner’s Tea Tree liquid soap is a good choice. Another one is Aroma Naturals Extraordinary Natural Castile 4-in-1 Soap, Tea Tree Eucalyptus, and very affordable, too: less than 6€ for 237ml (link: http://bit.ly/1aJXx6M ).
      For epilating, I first use a mix of tea tre, witch hazel and chamomile hydrolate (chamomile has calming properties), and then I apply tea tree oil; sometime alone, sometimes mixed with olive oil. I, too, have very sensitive skin when it comes to epilating.
      :)

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