A colourless to light yellow, mobile oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of the Tea Tree.
Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Tea Tree Essential Oil are:
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It is a good antifungal so it’s ideal to add to foot creams and cuticle oils. For stubborn cases it can be used neat on the nail.
Can also use a drop neat on cold sores or add to lip balm recipes for daily application.
Use in healing balms, nappy balms, after shave balms, creams and lotions.
In a salon or spa, it is excellent in an after wax gel when combined with Aloe Vera concentrate.
In massage oils and creams for pre and post exercise, it relaxes muscular aches and pains so include it in massage lotions and oils blends. Blending it with Plai makes this even more effective.
Use in after sun gels when combined with Lavender essential oil.
Use in anti-dandruff shampoos.
Diffuse in a room spray or oil burner to keep the air fresh and clean and is a superb choice to take away on holiday with you.
A couple of drops in the washing machine will freshen laundry and bedding.
A few drops in sports trainers will freshen them up.
Combine with Eucalyptus and Peppermint in steam inhalations to ease the chest.
Add to Calendula oil in anti-fungal foot creams.
Use it as an insect repellent by blending it with Cedarwood, Eucalyptus and Peppermint.
Mix with Plai as a post exercise lotion or gel.
Some individuals with sensitive skin may react if used in excess.
Tea Tree Oil can be used neat on the skin in small amounts (such as on a spot or pimple) but is best used diluted as most essential oils are.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as a powerful immune stimulant.
Excellent to clear lung and chest infections and to clear congestion.
Massage with Tea Tree blends before an operation have shown it to reduce postoperative shock.
It is restorative to the mind and body after shock.
Used for years by the Bundjalung Aborigines until it was “discovered” by the Captain Cook of the British Navy in 1770.
After a report in 1920 saying that Tea Tree oil was more potent than carbolic acid at preventing disease, the Australian government issued all soldiers medical kits containing Tea Tree oil throughout World War 2.