Tea tree (melaluca alternifolia) is native to Australia and using steam distillation, essential oil is extracted from its leaves and used as a natural health remedy. It is one of the most versatile and effective essential oils and it’s packed with a wide range of natural health benefits that puts it in a class of its own.
Tea Tree essential oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. It contains constituents called terpenoids and it is believed that these naturally occurring organic chemicals are the main reason for its healing properties. Terpenoids are used extensively for their aromatic qualities and they also play a role in traditional herbal remedies and are under investigation for their antibacterial and their pharmaceutical functions.
In this article I am going to share with you a MASSIVE list of 75 uses for tea tree oil. You may find it useful to refer to this list in the future so remember to bookmark this page, print it and share it with your friends (I have pin, like and email buttons directly above this post and now it’s a good time to use them).
A few words about dilution– while tea tree oil can be applied directly on a small area, such as on a pimple, if you have a sensitive skin, or if you need to apply it over a larger area, dilute it with base oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed oil, coconut oil and the like.
Another precaution – don’t swallow tea tree oil as it is toxic when taken by mouth.
Here are 75 reasons to stock up tea tree oil in your medicine cupboard:
- Abrasions & Minor Cuts: Make sure the area is clean, then apply several drops of the oil onto the affected area. If your skin is sensitive, dilute the tea tree oil with a tablespoon of base oil. If a bandage is required, put a few drops of the oil into a cotton ball, then place it on the wound and put a bandage on top.
- Acne: Tea tree oil can be applied directly to pimples with a cotton swab for an effective and natural acne treatment. Leave for a few hours or overnight. If you find that pure, undiluted tea tree oil is a little too harsh or drying on your skin, simply mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil into a few teaspoons of aloe vera gel or carrier oil or honey and apply directly onto the pimple you wish to get rid of. You can also mix a few drops of the oil with your regular face wash.