Essential Oils Part 4: Tea Tree

In the fourth in our series of blog posts about our brand new collection of No. 29 Essential Oils, we’re taking a look at our Tea Tree essential oil, what you could use it for, and the benefits it has!

What is Tea Tree?

Tea Tree (or formally Melaleuca alternifolia) is a plant native to streams and swampy flatlands in Australia. The plant is a small tree that can grow to about 7 m (20 ft) with a bushy crown and whitish, papery bark.

The name tea tree is used for several plants, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, from the family Myrtaceae, related to the myrtle. The use of the name probably originated from Captain James Cook’s description of one of these shrubs that he used to make an infusion to drink in place of tea.

How is this turned into Essential Oil?

As the plant is so delicate, the essential oil is extracted via Water Distillation. This is where the flowers and leaves are fully submerged in pure, boiling water, which protects the oil from overheating. The condensed liquids cool down and separate from each other. The remaining water, which can sometimes be fragrant, is referred to by several names including hydrolate, hydrosol, herbal water, essential water, floral water, or herbal distillate.

What is Tea Tree Essential Oil good for?

Due to its antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties, there are a whole host of great uses for Tea Tree Essential Oil, according to Healthline. Some of these include:

  • hand sanitiser
  • insect repellant
  • natural deodorant
  • antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes
  • boosting wound healing for minor cuts and scrapes
  • fighting acne
  • removing nail fungus
  • all-purpose household cleaner
  • soothing skin inflammation
  • controlling dandruff
  • treating athlete’s foot
  • relieving psoriasis

How should I use it?

There are loads of ways you can use Tea Tree Essential Oils including applying to the skin, steam inhalation, and mixing with other natural ingredients to produce additional, topical remedies.

The oil you receive is 100% natural and highly concentrated, so you should dilute to 5% or less in a carrier oil before applying it to your skin. We’d also recommend you take a look at our advice on how to safely and properly use essential oils here.

Interested?

You can get your hands on a bottle of our Tea Tree Essential Oil here:

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