09 Jan Tea Tree essential oil
We thought that since we are in the processes of adding a number of essential oils to our line up of products, that it would be kind of nice to give you all a little more information on a number of different essential oils. Keep in mind that, with essential oils there is ALOT to learn, and we would be here quite a while if we tried to teach you everything we know about all the different oils. We’ll try to keep it short and sweet, but you’re always welcome to shoot us a message if you have any questions!
To start off this series, we’ll focus on the wonderful world of Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil is often an ingredient in soaps, creams, lotions, disinfectants and air fresheners
Tea tree oil’s Latin name is Melaleuca Alternifolia, and it is extracted by steam distilling the leaves of the tree. The name Melaleuca is said to have derived from the Greek words ‘melos’ meaning dark/black and ‘leukon’ meaning white. This name was given as the first species discovered had a white, papery bark and a black lower trunk.
Today, it is known as a “miracle oil” because it works on all levels of infections.
Tea Tree oil is considered a safe oil, however it can cause sensitivity in some individuals (this only happens if the oil is old and/or has oxidized).
There are countless uses for the oil, most pertaining to the skin and respiratory system. You probably know that it is a great way to treat acne, lice, nail fungus and Athlete’s foot, however there are many other fantastic uses!
Some of the less known uses for Tea Tree Oil are, aiding in the treatment of oily skin, insect bites, cuts, and dandruff. When it comes to helping out the respiratory system it can be used to bring relief to cold and flu symptoms, ease sinus infections and congestion as well as help relieve coughs. Not to mention that it is a fantastic oil to use to help clear out lymph congestion and boost the immune system, while also being useful to refresh the mind and clear mental fatigue.
Tea Tree oil is certainly a staple in our household!
We hope that you enjoy the many benefits of Tea Tree Oil as much as we do! Don’t forget to check back again in two weeks, when we’ll focus on Lavender Essential Oil.
*Please note that all essential oils are extremely potent and need to be respected. Always make sure you dilute the oils you use. You also don’t need a lot of the oil to reap it’s benefits and it’s always wise to err on the side of caution, especially when using oils on or around small children, elderly or people with underlying health conditions. When in doubt, always consult a Certified Aromatherapist before use.*