Tea Tree ~ Melaleuca alternifolia

There are many, many uses for tea tree essential oil ~ mind, body & spirit.

Before purchasing, make sure the label lists the botanical name (in Latin), the country of origin, and whether the contents of the bottle are undiluted. For ease of use some essential oils that I carry are diluted in a carrier oil.  For example, I carry Frankincense, Myrrh, and Benzoin.  Strictly speaking, these are resins and technically not essential oils due to the extraction process.  My Frankincense and Myrrh come blended at a 10% concentration in jojoba; my Benzoin is blended at an 80% concentration in alcohol.

I also carry  Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile and Rose Otto.  These come blended at a 10% concentration in jojoba – they are ‘prohibitively’ expensive to buy undiluted.  For example, Rose Otto is $200 for 5 ml; Sandalwood $80 for the same size.  Of course I am happy to fill any orders for these undiluted oils.

Back to Tea Tree.  This essential oil, is more often than not, adulterated. Which means some type of filler ingredient has been added to create a larger yield.  In other cases, the tree from which the essential oil has been extracted, has not been grown in its original habitat – forcing producers to use fertilizers and other chemicals to ward off insect predators and to help the tree grow. Buy from a reputable essential oil retailer and ask questions about the quality of the tea tree prior to purchasing.

As always; read the label before purchasing.  Before my training as an aromatherapist, I purchased a tea tree ointment from a chain pharmacy; reading the label now, I learn that it contains many an undesirable ingredient!

I procure my essential oils from the Canadian company, Ashbury’s.  They implement a rigorous quality control process for all their raw ingredients.

Here are some uses for tea tree essential oil.  Please patch test prior to use on skin.  Please consult an essential oil book or other professional reference source for suggested uses & dilution ratios. 

Mind~Refreshing & revitalizing for • depression • hysteria • shock

Suggested uses: breathe directly from bottle • add a drop or two to a handkerchief or tissue and breathe deeply • add a drop or two to your nebulizer to permeate the air

Body~ Tea Tree has anti-bacterial • anti-inflammatory • antiseptic properties.  Suitable to use on wounds • insect bites/stings.  Suitable to use on problem facial skin.

Suggested uses: add a few drops to a spritzer bottle with distilled water and use as a toner. Along with lavender, may be used on small wounds without dilution.

Spirit~Subtle energy from Tea Tree resonates with the third eye & crown chakras • Provides psychic protection.

Suggested uses:  Diffuse during meditation and yoga • Add a few drops to a spritzer bottle with distilled water and spray personal space.

As always, keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your health-care provider prior to use. If suffering from any health condition, consult your health-care provider before using.

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