January Essential Oil of the Month: Tea Tree
Updated: Jan 5
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Aroma: herbaceous, green, camphoraceous, sharp, menthol, medicinal
Tea Tree is an essential oil obtained from the leaves and twigs of an evergreen tree that is native to Australia. The melaleuca alternifolia grows to a height of about 10-25 feet and has a papery white bark, dark-green needle-like leaves, and purple, yellow, or white flowers.
The Native Australians were the first to discover that the tea tree was a remedy for many different ailments. The Aborigines used its leaves to make a medicinal tea that builds and strengthens the immune system. Today we know that Tea Tree oil can counteract bacteria, fungi, and viruses and eliminate parasites. It can inhibit inflammation, ease pain, and protect the skin. The oil has been shown to penetrate the outer layers of the skin and attack infections, helping to heal wounds.
Below is a list of some of the therapeutic properties of Tea Tree essential oil:
Open the sinus and breathing passages
Reduces and eliminates acne
Eliminates athlete’s foot and nail fungal infections
Eliminate head and body lice
Improves mental clarity
Uplifts your mood
Healing to the skin
Insect repellant and soothing to insect bites
Eliminates aphids and ants and can kill mildew
Is Antibacterial; Antifungal; Antiseptic; Anti-inflammatory; and a disinfectant
While Tea Tree oil is safe to use undiluted on the skin, it is not recommended for use on pets/animals, small children, the elderly, or babies. Never use it near the eyes.
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*Safety Note: Always, always, consult with a doctor before using essential oils, especially if you’re pregnant, or using oils for your children. It’s also a good idea to check with your veterinarian before using oils on your pets too. Essential oils are safe, natural alternatives; however, we are not doctors and it’s just good practice to consult with your trusted medical professionals before trying or adding new things into your environment.
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