Native to Australia, the tea tree produces one of the most well-known
Tea Tree oil is produced in Australia by steam distillation from the leaves
of the tea tree.
Its aroma is fresh, pungent and medicinal, with sweeter woody notes as
The tree was discovered by Captain Cook's sailors in the 18th century.
They brewed a tea with its leaves to fight scurvy, hence the plant's
The indigenous Aborigines of Australia were already well aware of the healing
powers of the
leaves when Captain Cook arrived, using them to relieve respiratory problems and
Research has proved that the Tea Tree essential oil has powerful antimicrobial
and antifungal effects as well.
Tea tree is a bracing, invigoratingly fresh, fragrance with powerful disinfecting properties.
It is therefore an excellent remedy for wound infections, mucous membranes and the respiratory tract as well as having a very powerful healing effect in relation to internal infections.
Add these essential oils to 20ml (4 tsp) carrier oil.
- Blend 1: To clear acne, oily or combination skin:
|4 drops Tea Tree|
|4 drops Lemon|
|4 drops Geranium|
- Blend 2: To boost immunity against viruses:
|4 drops Tea Tree|
|2 drops Black Pepper|
|4 drops Bergamot|
Easing the Mind
Tea Tree oil restores feelings of optimism and renews energy levels.
- To refresh thought processes, vaporize 3 drops Tea Tree and 3 drops
- To restore self-confidence, take a bath with 2 drops Tea Tree and 4 drops
Healing the Body
Tea tree is well tolerated and is therefore suitable as an additive to a bath.
- It can be used for treating wounds by direct application on the affected
This also applies to burns and sunburn.
- Tea tree also helps with treating insect bites.
It removes the toxins from these and prevents further spreading on the
surface of the skin.
- For help with insect bites, pimples, cuts and warts, put 2 drops
of Tea tree oil on a cotton swab and apply to the area.
- To heal acne and clarify oily or combination skin,
use Blend 1 above and apply it to your face or other affected
- Tea tree is effective against several fungal infections, such as
athlete's foot (use 4-6 drops in a foot bath, a third full with warm
water) and candidiasis (put 4-6 drops in your bath water).
- To combat urinary infections, bathe with 1 drop Black Cumin Seed
and 3 drops Tea Tree.
- To keep germs at bay, warm 3 drops Tea tree and 3 drops Manuka
in a diffuser.
- For scratches and grazes, put 3 drops Tea tree and 3 drops
Frankincense on a hot compress.
- To heal deep cuts, apply 4 drops Yarrow, 2 drops Tea Tree and 4 drops Myrrh in
20g/4 tsp Skin Mousse
- To heal infected skin, use a hot compress with 4 drops Frankincense
and 2 drops Tea Tree.
- To cleanse and heal infected cuts or boils or a skin infection,
use a hot compress with
2 drops Bergamot and 4 drops Tea Tree.
- To draw out poison from insect bites, boils or skin infections,
use a hot compress with 3 drops Niaouli and 3 drops Tea Tree.
- To ease breathing during colds, bronchitis or episodes of sinusitis or
hay fever or to help to prevent airborne infection, vaporize 3 drops
Eucalyptus and 3 drops Tea Tree.
- To fight flu or a cold
and to ease a chest infection, try an inhalation of 3 drops Lemon and 3
drops Tea Tree.
- To fight viral infections, such as flu, use Blend 2 above and massage
the blend into the chest twice a day.
Safety precautions and warnings
Tea Tree is non-toxic and non-irritant.
- Tea Tree is a mild sensitizer: avoid if you have sensitive
or allergy-prone skin.
- The Essential Oils Handbook, Jennie Harding, Watkins Publishing,
- The Great Encyclopaedia of Healing Stones, Fragrances
and Herbs, published by Methusalem, 2008.