About Tea Tree Essential Oil
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The 20 foot evergreen Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly known known as the Tea Tree plant, thrives in the swampy conditions of it’s native range, around New South Wales, Australia. With cypress-like needles for leaves, its bark is papery, and its blooms are creamy white, yellow, or purple. To learn more about the botany of the Melaleuca genus, check out this article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melaleuca
Today, this essential oil is produced not only in Australia, but New Zealand and India as well. The quality of Australian Tea Tree essential oil is highly variable but the best selections nonetheless come from this country and the oils from New Zealand and India are not, in our opinion, as good as the best selections from Australia. Both of our Tea Tree essential oil selections are sourced from Australia and we believe them to be among the best choices available on the market.
A thousand pounds of twigs and leaves is steam distilled into 18 pounds of essential oil. The oil has a fresh, pungent, somewhat camphoraceous aroma with notes of spice and lemon. Aromatically, it can blend well with lavender, clary sage, rosemary, pine, marjoram and many spice oils. Tea Tree essential oil does not blend well with some florals, however, and it’s always advisable when blending for aroma to add it in small amounts.
How to Use Tea Tree Essential Oil with Adults
The use of essential oils with children under16 years of age is a specialized topic; please consult an aromatherapy reference book or, better yet, a properly trained professional aromatherapist, before using essential oils with children (see www.naha.org for appropriate training standards for aromatherapists and for help in locating a professional aromatherapist).
Tea Tree essential oil is appropriate for both inhalation and use on the skin. For use on the skin, it should be diluted in vegetable oil or jojoba to a maximum concentration of 2.5%. To achieve this concentration, add 23 drops of the essential oil to one ounce of vegetable oil or jojoba. Tea Tree essential oil is not one we recommend for use in a bath, since some people may experience itching when using it this way; see Safety Considerations (below) for more information.
Historical uses of a plant and/or its essential oil are provided for educational interest only. They are not based on research and cannot be relied on as accurate. Essential oils do not always have the same actions as herbal preparations of the same plant and may carry greater risks than herbal preparations. Do not attempt to follow traditional/historical practices when using essential oils.
A medicinal tea made from the leaves and blossoms of the tea tree plant has been used by indigenous Australians for centuries and this is how the plant got its common name of Tea Tree.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is said to carry a small risk for skin sensitization. However, this is an essential oil that many people apply to the skin undiluted (bad idea!) and there have been frequent reports of skin sensitization and/or burns arising from this practice. Tea Tree Essential Oil should always be diluted in vegetable oil or jojoba to a maximum concentration of 2.5% before applying it to the skin. Some aromatherapists have cautioned against applying even diluted tea tree oil to burns, as it is believed that it may promote scarring.
Tea Tree Essential Oil has reportedly produced severe itching in some people when combined with heat, as in a hot bath, for example. For this reason, it’s best to avoid using this essential oil for bathing. Also, use no more than a single drop in a steam inhalation and avoid holding your face too close to the source of the steam.
Oxidized (spoiled) Tea Tree essential oil can be very irritating to the skin so be sure to store it tightly capped in a cool, dark, dry place and discard unused oil after one year.
Follow all general essential oil safety practices, which can be accessed by clicking the link below.
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