Tea Tree

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Botanical name:

Melaleuca alternifolia

Origin:

Australia

 

Method of extraction:

Steam or hydro distillation

 

Color:

Pale yellow or clear

 

Viscosity:

Thin

 

Extracted from:

Leaves

Note clarification:

Middle

 

Aroma:

Spicy, earthy with a hint of camphor

 

Blends well with:

Angelica root, bergamot, clary sage, clove bud, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender, lavandin, lemon, marjoram, nutmeg, pine needle, rose absolute, rosemary, spruce

 

Therapeutic uses:

It’s great as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic and anti-microbial ingredient in household cleaners and disinfectants. In a diluted form, it can aid healing of minor cuts, scrapes, burns, and insect bites. Can also help to improve the appearance of scars and age spots. In acne treatments, it can help to clear pores and regulate oil production. It is an important ingredient in hand sanitizers and insect repellents. In shampoo, it can help to prevent lice.

 

Safety:

It may cause skin irritation if it’s diluted incorrectly.

Acne skin may become itchy and dry

It’s not safe around children under 2 years and you should avoid using around pets. Aquatic life is very sensitive to tea tree oil

Approximate shelf life:

(Undiluted)

4 years (refrigerated)

Notes:

Some folks have a hard time getting used to the aroma of tea tree essential oil. A safe alternative is Manuka oil.

Sources:

Please refer to the 'References and Certifications' page. 

 

Disclaimer:

Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women, or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments.