For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!
Day 9: Tea Tree
Tea trees grow most commonly in swampy lands, usually produced in the subtropical coastal regions of northeastern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland, Australia. Tea trees are also referred to as paper back trees. These trees can grow more than 20 feet high. There are 300 different varieties of Tea trees, but the Melaleuca alternifolia is the most common variety for production of Tea Tree essential oil. Distillation is the method used to extract this camphor-like, strong, pungent oil.
Tea Tree has been used to treat cuts, wounds and skin infections as well as respiratory problems for centuries. However, it wasn’t until 1925 that modern science acknowledged the medicinal properties found in Tea Tree oil. It surpassed the current standard for antiseptic compounds at that time. Since that time it has been used in dentistry, medicine and even first aid kits for soldiers.
Known as a “first aid kit in a bottle” Tea Tree oil has a myriad of benefits. It treats abscesses, acne, insect bites and stings, blisters, burns, cuts, dandruff, skin and scalp disorders as well as disinfecting wounds. It also has therapeutic uses for respiratory problems. Being the cousin of Eucalyptus, you can use Tea Tree oil in much the same way to relieve symptoms of coughs and colds. Diffusing into the air and steam inhalation are common for this type of treatment.
Tea Tree oil is also used to fight fungal infections including nail fungus and athlete’s foot. Dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea and cold sores can all be treated with Tea Tree oil.
It has also been shown that it can relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue. Though many people don’t like the smell of Tea Tree on its own for this use, it can be combined with other mood lifting essential oils to create a blend that both appeals to the senses and works therapeutically.
Tea Tree oil is one of the most common acne fighters and is been proven to work even better than benzoyl peroxide. Unlike other acne treatments, Tea Tree oil doesn’t dry out the skin.
Tea Tree oil is commonly used to treat loss of energy that is caused by everyday stress. It relieves fatigue and mental exhaustion and can be calming and centering in times of emotional distress. It promotes a positive attitude, and increases confidence. It is used to diminish feelings of victimization and symptoms that accompany chronic illness. Diffusing a few drops into the air, using it as a room spray and even in diffuser jewelry, Tea Tree oil can be used easily to treat these issues.
For fungal infections of the nails or feet, a few drops of Tea Tree oil can be added to daily foot baths and foot lotions.
Diluted into carrier oil, a few drops of Tea Tree oil can effectively treat acne and other skin and scalp problems. Add a few drops to shampoo to treat dandruff, or into lotion to treat skin issues. Keep it on hand to treat insect bites and disinfect wounds. No home should be without this miracle healer. It is safe enough to use undiluted as well in small amounts.
The suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.