All About Tea Tree Essential Oil
Native to Australia but used worldwide, tea tree essential oil is one of the most widely used and popular essential oils and for good reason! Along with lavender, it is one of the only essential oils gentle enough to apply directly to your skin without diluting it beforehand.
Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree is derived from steam distilling the needles of the tea tree. Native to the east coast of Queensland and New South Wales, tea tree likely gained its name from Captain James Cook who used the leaves to make a tea-like infusion.
Tea tree essential oil has traditionally been used to help fight a variety of skin conditions. It's known as an antiseptic, antifungal oil, which is why you'll find it in so many skincare products. Apply a small amount to acne and insect bites to help clean out the affected areas. Keep in mind it's always recommended to perform a small skin test on a non-sensitive part of the body before applying to sensitive skin.
Looking for a simple at home toner with tea tree? Blend tea tree, juniper berry, and lavender essential oils at a ratio of 3:2:1 to a quarter cup of witch hazel and voila! All three essential oils have toning properties and are skin-friendly. Plus, witch hazel is a natural astringent and can reduce inflammation and redness.
As a generally cleansing oil, tea tree can be commonly used throughout your daily routine. As part of your hair and skincare treatment it can cleanse skin, and help fight acne. But it's also a great oil to add to your household cleaning products for a natural aroma and harmful chemical-free cleaning agent. Blend tea tree with a few drops of your favourite citrus oil (we love lemon essential oil for its refreshing and cleansing properties) and add to your diffuser to promote a cleansing aroma in your home.
Tea tree oil blends well with citrus oils, floral oils, and minty oils like peppermint, thyme, and rosemary.
Do you have any recipes or uses for tea tree that you swear by? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below!