Top 10 Uses and Benefits of Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil
Tea Tree oil comes from the Melaleuca plant which hails from Australia, where it was a daily necessity for the ancient peoples there. The Bundjalung Aboriginal people from the coast of New South Wales would apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. Over time, the knowledge of Melaleuca’s numerous benefits spread worldwide, leading up to it's popular use today.
Top 10 Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits
- Facial Cleanser. Try adding a drop or two of Tea Tree essential oil to your regular daily facial cleanser or moisturizer to keep the skin looking and feeling super fresh.
- Shaving. If shaving causes irritation, add a drop or two of doTERRA oil to a sensitive skin moisturizer and apply to skin following shaving to provide much needed support to skin that is easily irritated by the process of shaving.
- Wounds. Apply a drop or two of Tea Tree Oil to a cotton ball and dab onto cuts and sores to help keep wounds clean. For sensitive skin, dilute with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize sensitivity issues.
- Household Cleaner. Place a few drops of Melaleuca oil in a spray bottle and fill with water. Use as a natural household cleaner for countertops, sinks, doorknobs, and other surfaces that may house unfriendly organisms. Simply spray on and wipe away with a clean cloth.
- Immune Boost. Add one drop of doTERRA Melaleuca essential oil to 4 fluid ounces of water, citrus drink, or other beverage and ingest internally for immune system support, particularly for seasonal use with support of the respiratory system and breathing function.
- Cool. Place a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in a small spray bottle and dilute with water. Spray on the skin after rigorous exercise activity to encourage a cooling effect.
- Sun. Try using a spray bottle with Tea Tree Oil and water on skin that is irritated due to occasional sun overexposure to promote a feeling of soothing relief.
- Seasonal. For a more passive application of doTERRA Melaleuca to boost the immune system, try adding a few drops of the oil to a cool mist humidifier (hot steam may diminish the effectiveness of the oil), particularly during the cold winter months. This may help to purify the air in the room and will allow your family to breathe in the benefits of this effective oil without having to stop what they are doing.
- Pick up. If your feet often feel tired and worn out after a walk, try applying a few drops of this oil to the bottoms of your feet for a quick pick-me-up.
- Mouthwash. Freshen your breath and clean your mouth by adding a drop or two of doTERRA Melaleuca and Peppermint to water and rinsing as with a mouthwash.
Looking for additional Tea Tree oil uses?:
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Tea Tree oil Shaving Cream
Foot Lotion with Peppermint Oil and Tea Tree oil
#1. With roughly 250 species, Melaleuca is most typically found in Australia. Melaleuca oil, or Tea Tree oil, is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca shrubs or trees, which have a strong aroma when rubbed. Melaleuca essential oil is produced through the process of steam distillation where steam and pressure are used to release chemical components from the plant—pulling out the essential oil.
#2. Bungwalbin Creek in Australia is surrounded by Australian tea trees and is held sacred by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As the sticky tea tree oil leaves fell into the creek, they created waters that natives still consider “magical waters” today.
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