Plant Part: Leaves
Note: Middle / Top
Other Names: Melaleuca
Blends With: Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme
Aroma: Slightly camphorous. Clean, fresh, and medicinal.
Tea tree oil is one of the most popular essential oils, and for good reason. It truly harnesses the natural healing power of the earth, and is a must-have in every household medicine cabinet and first aid kit.
The aroma of tea tree is quite powerful, but it is very clean and camphorous smelling. It’s an all-natural skin healer and has an incredible ability to treat fungal infections of any kind. Do you have acne or oily skin? Tea tree oil is perfect for you. How about dandruff, gingivitis, burns or skin wounds? You need tea tree oil. Do you need an antiviral or antibacterial? Then once again, you need tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil can be applied topically after being diluted in a carrier oil, or mixed with other natural ointments, creams, and lotions. Skin health is the most common use case of tea tree oil, but it’s also very effective in boosting the immune system and respiratory system. Multiple studies have also shown it’s ability to be an effective therapy for yeast and urinary tract infections.
Originally discovered in 1770 by none other than Captain Cook, the leaves of tea tree were first used in water and consumed as tea. The evergreen tree is native to australia and thrives in very wet, lowland areas. It can grow to be nearly 30 feet tall. The tree has white, papery bark and dark green leaves. Tea tree is one out of nearly 200 different species of the evergreen tree. It is the leaves from this particular species that are cultivated and then steam distilled to produce pure tea tree oil.
Tea Tree Oil Usages
Immune system: reduce a fever, stop herpes (i.e. cold sores). Great for tonsillitis, sore throat, any kind of viral infections.
Reproductive system: treats genital herpes and yeast infections.
Respiratory system: helps asthma, treats bronchitis, reduces cough, sinusitis, tuberculosis, and whooping cough.
Skin & Hair: treat acne, cure athlete’s foot (plus other fungal infections). Heals burns, corns, get rid of dandruff, gingivitis, manage oily skin, removes plantar warts.
Urinary: helps with urinary tract infection
Therapeutic properties: analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-candida, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, anti-septic, anti-viral, bactericidal, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicidal, germicidal, immunostimulant, insecticide, neurotonic, phlebotonic, sudorific