PORTRAIT

You can provide a layer of protection for your family from the viral infections your kids bring home from school, the bacteria that cling to countertops (or your gums!) and fungal infections that cause athlete’s foot and acne. A medicine chest staple in Australia, tea tree oil has the reputation as a cure-all that boosts immunity, keeping you and your family healthier, even during the winter cold and flu season. You’ll find yourself turning to this essential oil more and more as you discover its wide-ranging effectiveness.

ESSENTIAL FACTS

Plant Parts: Leaves
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols
Country of Origin: Australia
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Wild Crafted/Unsprayed
Aroma: Camphoraceous, Fresh & Herbaceous
Note Classification: Top

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PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Uplifts the spirit
  • Combats feeling of victimization
  • Balancing
  • Clarity

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Antimicrobial – An agent that resists or destroy pathogens.
  • Antibacterial – An agent that is capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
  • Antiviral – An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • Anti-infectious – Helps the body strengthen its own resistance to infective organisms and rid the body of illness.
  • Antiseptic – Assists in fighting germs/infections.
  • Antifungal — An agent capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.
  • Antiparasitic – An agent used to treat parasitic diseases.
  • Anti-inflammatory – Alleviates inflammation.
  • Decongestant – Reduces nasal mucus production and swelling.
  • Expectorant– Promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs and throat.
  • Immunostimulant – Stimulates functioning of the immune system.
  • Vasodilator – Helps to dilate blood vessels.

HOW TO USE

Abrasions & Minor Cuts: After cleaning the area well, apply a few drops of the oil directly on wound. If you use a bandage, apply a few drops of the oil to a cotton ball and then apply cotton ball with oil, face down on wound. Bandage on top.

Athletes Foot: Add a few drops to lotion and massage into feet.  See recipe section.

Bladder Infection: In a shallow bath, add 10 – 15 drops of oil. Sit and wash area carefully

Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex 1): Apply a drop or two of tea tree oil directly to the sore with a cotton swab. Re-apply 2 – 3 times daily.

Dandruff , Seborrhea & Itchy scalp: Add 2–3 drops to shampoo. Wash twice daily until dandruff is gone, then once daily thereafter to prevent dandruff. Lather with the tea tree shampoo and let sit for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. Tea tree oil can be massaged directly into the scalp after shampooing for additional itch relief and prevention.

Decongestion & Anti-Infectious: Add a few drops of tea tree to a box of tissues. Insert the tissue box into a “zip-lock” bag allowing it to set overnight. The next day, I remove from the bag and use. The new aroma of the tissues helps to decongest and contains anti-infectious properties.

Diffuser: Use in a diffuser throughout the air to kill viruses.

Facial Care: Add 5–6 drops of the tea tree oil to 1oz. of your regular face wash. After cleansing, dab each affected area with neat (undiluted) oil and let dry. Tea tree is generally safe to apply directly to facial skin to treat acne breakouts, but test on small area of skin for allergic reaction before applying to a wide area.

Hand Washing: Add a few drops to a hand soap dispenser. Combine tea tree with vinegar and baking soda mix for cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces, especially during cold and flu season.

Inhaler: Prevents sinus infection, destructive to virus and bacteria, and relieves congestion. See recipe in recipes tab.

Lice: Tea tree oil added to your shampoo has been shown to repel lice when used regularly. Once infested, tea tree Oil does not remove lice from the hair nor does it kill lice, but it can help repel lice from ever attaching to hair. If you have a child who attends school, using a tea tree oil shampoo mixture regularly may prevent lice completely, even if the child is exposed to it at school.  Head Lice: Add 20 drops of tea tree  to 2 tbsp shampoo. Massage into scalp and hair, leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse. Repeat 3 – 4 times daily, until eggs are gone.

Mouth Hygiene: I put toothpaste in a container, add a few drops of tea tree, mix together, and then brush my teeth with the blend. When mixed with toothpaste, tea tree cleanses the mouth from bacteria, preventing infection and promoting healthy gums; is helpful in preventing gum disease. Strong anti-infectious agent! Apply oil directly to toothbrush 1-2 times a week to kill bacteria.

Mouth Ulcers: Dab ulcer with undiluted oil on cotton swab, every two hours.

Nail Fungus: Add 1 – 2 drops of oil directly to nail and tissue surroundings. Allow to dry completely on hands before touching anything. Repeat morning and night for a week.

Sore throat & Prevention from getting sick: Gargle with tea tree as an immuno-stimulant (preventing you from getting sick). Relieves sore throat pain. See Recipe section for sore throat blend

Ticks: Apply a drop or two directly to tick and area.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

RECIPES

Shave and Wax Gel

5 drops tea tree 

3 drops lavender

2 drops patchouli 

Blend above essential oils to 1 oz. of Aloe vera gel.  Smooth onto area after waxing or shaving.

Sore Throat Relief Gargle

5 drops tea tree

1 drop peppermint 

2 drops ravintsara 

2 drops lemon 

Blend above essential oils and pinch of sea salt to 1 cup of warm water, gargle 2-3 times a day. Do not swallow!

Sore Throat Relief Spray

5 drops tea tree 

1 drop peppermint

2 drops myrrh 

2 drops lemon 

2 oz. peppermint hydrosol 

Blend all together in a  2 ounces spray bottle. Spray on back of throat as often as needed.

SAFETY

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Be cautious when using on infants and small children under the age of five years old

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

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