The Cure-All Essential Oil: Tea Tree Oil
Posted on December 24 2015
Some things in life are, well, essential! And nothing more so than our health. One of the most impactful essential oils for your health is Tea Tree: its benefits are antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant (scar healing), expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, and stimulant, a.k.a. lots of big words that all mean the same thing: it’s a cure all!
Tea Tree is native to Australia and have a tendency to grow near bodies of water. Because of this, the twigs and leaves that fall into the water turn these lakes and ponds into veritable pools of hair and skin health for the indigenous people for many years. It also has a natural tenacity that repels bacteria, insects and fungus well after application, and if you’ve ever seen the bugs in Australia, you can understand how this oil became so popular!
We love Tea Tree essential oil because it’s a clean and crisp germ killer. No more spraying all the door handles with lysol or scrubbing with bleach when you or your family gets sick! Use the oil to disinfect and clarify your home from all those microscopic pests that get us sick. Tea tree oil will destroy the germs, and also keep them away longer than traditional home disinfectants.
You can also use tea tree oil in a humidifier, as it is an effective expectorant. When you’re unable to stop the illness, getting it out of your system, fast, becomes top priority. Remember, tea tree oil can be used to prevent as well as heal - so throw away that emergen-c and start inhaling this potent potion of wellness!
There's a whole lot more to tea tree oil than fighting illness, too. An at home facial steam is a few drops of tea tree away: heat a pot of water on your stove top until it’s steaming. Add a few drops of tea tree oil and let the steam cover your face. This will help clear your pores from blackheads and other blemish causing bacteria! A must try for all those who struggle with acne. Its benefits are so well known for acne treatment that it's a fairly common ingredient in more natural acne fighting face washes.
Try this more luxurious facial steam treatment for a relaxing effect at the end of the night:
Heat some water until it's steaming. Place in a glass bowl.
Add 4 drops tea tree oil, 3 drops lavender oil, and 1 drop of ylang ylang to the water.
It might feel silly, but place your face over the steam, then drape a towel over your head to keep the steam in. If it's a bit too intense, you can skip the towel.
Then use a clean, cool washcloth to gently wipe your face clean! A cool washcloth will be a bit gentler on your skin, and help close up all the pores that the steam opened.
Be aware before it hits your nose: this oil’s scent is stronger than the average oil! Tea tree oil has an herbal-pine scent with hints of warm nutmeg, and can come off as slightly acidic to some, yet pleasantly fresh and clean.
Many variations and uses for tea tree oil have come on the market. You can’t walk through the health section of your local grocery without seeing something “Tea Tree.” Shampoo, Face wash, hand lotion, even toothpaste! But the truth is, tea tree essential oil in its pure form (diluted with water from your own home) is effective, enduring, and ultimately one of the best oils you can have around the home.
-Jen, your friendly essential oil enthusiast