Tea Tree Oil - May Featured Essential Oil


Native to Australia, the tea tree produces one of the most well-known essential oils. 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 it evaporates.

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 common name.

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 headaches. 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.

Special Blends

Add these essential oils to 20ml (4 tsp) carrier oil.
  1. Blend 1: To clear acne, oily or combination skin:
    4 drops Tea Tree
    4 drops Lemon
    4 drops Geranium
  2. Blend 2: To boost immunity against viruses:
    4 drops Tea Tree
    2 drops Black Pepper
    4 drops Bergamot

Healing Properties

Easing the Mind

Tea Tree oil restores feelings of optimism and renews energy levels.
  1. To refresh thought processes, vaporize 3 drops Tea Tree and 3 drops Peppermint.
  2. To restore self-confidence, take a bath with 2 drops Tea Tree and 4 drops Tangerine.

Healing the Body

  1. Tea tree is well tolerated and is therefore suitable as an additive to a bath.
  2. It can be used for treating wounds by direct application on the affected area. This also applies to burns and sunburn.
  3. Tea tree also helps with treating insect bites. It removes the toxins from these and prevents further spreading on the surface of the skin.
    1. 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.
  4. To heal acne and clarify oily or combination skin, use Blend 1 above and apply it to your face or other affected areas nightly.
  5. 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).
  6. To combat urinary infections, bathe with 1 drop Black Cumin Seed and 3 drops Tea Tree.
  7. To keep germs at bay, warm 3 drops Tea tree and 3 drops Manuka in a diffuser.
  8. For scratches and grazes, put 3 drops Tea tree and 3 drops Frankincense on a hot compress.
  9. To heal deep cuts, apply 4 drops Yarrow, 2 drops Tea Tree and 4 drops Myrrh in 20g/4 tsp Skin Mousse
  10. To heal infected skin, use a hot compress with 4 drops Frankincense and 2 drops Tea Tree.
  11. 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.
  12. To draw out poison from insect bites, boils or skin infections, use a hot compress with 3 drops Niaouli and 3 drops Tea Tree.
  13. 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.
  14. To fight flu or a cold and to ease a chest infection, try an inhalation of 3 drops Lemon and 3 drops Tea Tree.
  15. 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

  1. Tea Tree is non-toxic and non-irritant.
  2. Tea Tree is a mild sensitizer: avoid if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

References

  1. The Essential Oils Handbook, Jennie Harding, Watkins Publishing, London, 2008.
  2. The Great Encyclopaedia of Healing Stones, Fragrances and Herbs, published by Methusalem, 2008.