Tea Tree is an essential oil that many people are familiar with. It’s seen in toothpaste, face washes, and is in many people’s first aid kits. I have been using tea tree oil for quite some time now and love the results I get with it. Whether I use it for a blemish treatment, or on my dog for his bacterial dermatitis, this essential oil always comes through. It is effective against bacteria, fungus, and viruses. This is one oil I can’t do without and will always have on hand in case I need it for a minor medical emergency or any skincare needs.
Tea tree is a wide spectrum oil and has many medicinal uses including fighting bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. This oil has also been known to treat the flu and respiratory infections. “Contact with blood and pus actually increases its antiseptic properties, and it boosts production of the immune system’s interleukin, while reducing tumors” (Keville, 2009). This oil is known for its antimicrobial qualities and is extremely effective against candida-related or viral intestinal infections. Tea tree has even been recognized as an agent effective against MRSA.
Tea tree is healing to the skin and can help with a variety of issues. This oil can soothe insect bites too, so keep this oil nearby in the summertime. I use tea tree in homemade toner, add it to castille soap for use as a facial cleanser, and recently created an Organic Blemish Treatment containing tea tree.
The emotional uses of tea tree are: helps build strength, lifts your mood, and improves mental clarity. I love diffusing tea tree oil when I know I’ll be doing a lot of writing. It definitely helps keep the air clean in my office and keeps my mind clear as well.
Tea Tree Essential Oil Profile
Botanical Name – Melaleuca alternifolia
Botanical Family – Myrtaceae (Myrtle)
Plant Origin – Australia
Cosmetic Use – Acne, oily hair, dermatitis
Skin Types – Suitable for all skin types.
Aromatic & Emotional Effects – Builds strength
Medical Properties – Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, immune-stimulant
Key Constituents – g-terpinene, terpinene-4-ol, a-terpineol
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