Tea Tree Oil has many uses both as a remedy and for your home. It is pretty much anti everything – antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, etc. It can be used as a healing remedy for countless skin ailments. The oil is not just soothing and disinfecting, it is capable of penetrating into the lower skin layers.
Part I of tea tree oil uses discusses how to actually use it. Part II of the article discusses some specific home remedies.
Tea tree oil is distilled and extracted from the leaves of the tea tree with the botanical name of Melaleuca alternifoia tree found in Australia. It is not from the common tea plant that we drink and is different from tea oil which is extracted from the seeds of the tea plant. Both are totally different but often confused as one and the same.
The oil has a strong smell, some people don’t mind it while others do. For remedy purposes make sure you buy the full strength (100%) and then make your own dilution solutions depending on what you are trying to treat.
All essential oils especially tea tree oil are very natural but potent. You need to this oil if you are using it on your skin or nails. For very small number of cases, people do experience adverse reaction or extreme sensitivity so before you try any of the remedies, please test it on your skin.
Apply a small amount to your inner arm and check for any reaction or irritation. If you do experience irritation, then test with combining a base or carrier oil like almond, avocado, jojoba, olive, coconut. Allergic reactions are unusual; reactions to diluted version are extremely rare. More details on how to mix with solutions below.
Do not take tea tree oil internally and swallow. Many have used it successfully as mouthwash (just a couple of drops goes a long way) but it is not meant to be swallowed. This is one of the few oils where you need to check the expiration date as well.
I personally don’t like to use it as mouthwash as I don’t care for the taste and I prefer using other essential oils to make my mouthwash such as peppermint, cinnamon, and clove essential oils.
How to create tea tree oil solutions:
To dilute tea tree oil in a carrier oil such as olive, apricot, almond, coconut, jojoba, or avocado oil, add 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) full-strength tea tree oil to 4 ounces (1/2 cups) or more of the carrier oil, depending on the oil’s purpose and your personal preference. This produces a 20% concentration of a larger amount.
To treat burns, cuts, and skin fungus type conditions, use a stronger strength and you can use Alcohol instead of other oils to mix with Tea Tree oil.
Another idea is to mix with vegetable glycerin if you want to apply like a lotion. Or add it to your favorite lotion, shampoo, and after shave.
You will need to experiment the combination that works best for you. If you find that you do not have any sensitivity, then you can have a range of combinations from full strength to various combinations depending on the condition you want to treat.
Part II of Tea Tree Oil discusses ways to treat acne, toe nail fungus, burns, lice, and other uses of the oil for specific ailments as well as home use.
Tell us your experience with this oil.