Melaleuca Aternifolia, or Tea Tree, grows in Australia. There are many species of tea tree, but this is the one that I use the most. The essential oil is extracted through the steam distillation process. This particular plant has very high levels of terpinen-4-ol, which is known to be highly antiseptic and antimicrobial.
My first essential oil experience was with tea tree oil. I got the industrial cartilage piercing and due to the shape and bend of my ear, it would not cooperate with me during the healing process. I ended up getting a small keloid scar on the top of my ear by the top piercing. My best friend told gave me tea tree oil and told me to apply straight on the scar twice a day until it healed. I could feel the oil working as I applied it and before long, the keloid had disappeared entirely! She made an oil believer out of me from that moment on. I’m so thankful for her great advice that opened up a world of natural healing opportunity to me! (Thanks Lindsey!)
The medical properties found in tea tree essential oil are anti fungal, antiviral, powerful antibacterial, anti inflammatory and anti parasitic.
Common uses for tea tree essential oil:
Fungal infections such as ringworm
Skin conditions such as acne or sores
Reduce scar tissue
Repels bugs such as mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, lice etc.
You can use tea tree oil in the following ways:
It is recommended that you dilute the oil 1:1 (1 part essential oil, 1 part carrier). When I use it, I put it directly on site, especially for scar tissue and I haven’t had any problems. You can apply to chakras and vita flex points for an added bonus. Sometimes on sensitive skin it can cause a mild burning sensation. I dilute with water in a spray bottle and spray all over our bodies as a natural bug repellent when hiking or camping. I also spray all of our hammocks, tents, and other gear to keep the chiggers away. If you ever hike or camp in warm weather (which is all the time here in the south) you must repel the chiggers. They will cause you agony for at least a week with the worst itching of your life. No joke. This oil is a must in my camping box. You can also spray on your child’s hair to repel head lice when you hear about those scary outbreaks at school.
Diffuse this oil to cleanse the air and put a fresh clean scent out into the area. You can also just inhale directly from the bottle or apply to a diffuser necklace. This is a great way to get the oil into your system if you are trying to alleviate sinus or respiratory symptoms.
Never ever ingest tea tree oil. This oil is not safe for consumption. It is also poisonous to cats. Never use this on a cat due to the way they clean their fur. I dilute it and use it on my dogs as a flea and tick repellent, but check with your veterinarian if this makes you nervous.
Tea Tree oil is one that does not happen to come in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, but it is a must have for me. I would recommend adding it to your oily arsenal soon after getting your Premium Starter Kit. It’s one that I can’t live without. Click the link below to get started on your journey with essential oils or to order your Tea Tree oil today!
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