Tea Tree (Malaleuca alternifolia) essential oil benefits
Tea Tree essential oil is a great antiseptic and disinfectant plant extract. Useful to clear spots and blemishes and some fungal infections. Tea Tree supports fantastically the natural healing in minor cuts, scrapes, rashes, sunburn, post-depilatory and shaving irritations, and bites; it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. It is well renowned for its anti-fungal qualities, and it is particularly indicated for those who need to keep healthy feet (athletes, swimming pool users…). Tea tree is a must-have in every first aid kit but needs to be used in low dosage and always diluted with children. It is safer not to use Tea Tree oil during pregnancy unless under the supervision of a professional Aromatherapist.
Botanical Name: Malaleuca alternifolia
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation from the leaves and twigs
Origin: Australia, China
Color: Pale yellow to clear
Aroma: Fresh, spicy-camphoraceous
Blends well with: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Thyme, Manuka, Kanuka
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, immune stimulant, insecticide, vulnerary.
HOW TO USE
Skin disinfectant spray - dilute 3-5 drops every tablespoon of water, shake well before use.
Skin disinfectant – adults – 2-3 drops to a teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier oil or diluted in water to fight feet infections and fungus
0 – 4 years old – use not recommended
4 – 10 years old – 1-2 drops to a teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier oil or diluted in water to fight feet infections and fungus
To disinfect skin rashes and irritations dilute 2-4 drops of tea tree oil every teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier or light body lotion. Try adding also Lavender (1-2 drops).
Can be a skin irritant so it is highly advisable to skin patch test. Avoid during pregnancy and while breastfeeding unless under the supervision of a professional Aromatherapist. Use in low dilutions with children between 4 and 10 years old.