Tea Tree Oil
The Amazing Qualities of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is truly nothing short of amazing! In fact, the health benefits of tea tree essential oil are due to its multi-faceted healthy attributes—ones that are recognized and appreciated worldwide.†
The name “tea tree,” however, may be misleading, though, since tea tree oil is not extracted from the plant commonly associated with the beverage known as tea. In fact, it’s not even remotely related to tea oil, which is extracted from the seed of the tea plant.
More accurately, tea tree oil is extracted via steam distillation of twigs and leaves of the tea tree, which goes by the botanical name Melaleuca alternifolia. Often known simply as Melaleuca, tea tree oil is native to Australia—in Southeast Queensland and New South Wales mostly—which explains why it is such a common, popular essential oil there.
And while it’s a favorite in Australia, it’s also become a revered and trusted essential oil worldwide.
Tea tree oil is also made up of some powerful constituents, including alpha pinene, beta pinene, sabinene, myrcene, alpha phellandrene, alpha terpinene, limonene, cineole, gamma terpinene, para cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpineol and alpha terpineol.
That’s a bunch of scientific names, but the bottom line is that tea tree oil, due to its properties, can provide a holistic, powerful support for health.†
For example, the alpha pinene and other pinenes found in tea tree oil have been noted for supporting bronchial health, supporting a healthy short-term memory while also promoting alertness.†
Likewise, limonene is produced by plants known as terpenes, and limonene is an orange terpene.
Studies indicate that limonene shows promise of supporting healthy cells and healthy liver function†—among other benefits.† In fact, limonene and its related product known as perillic acid, are known to be huge supporters of maintaining healthy cells and keeping the liver in tip-top shape.†
Additionally, linalool is a common element of many essential oils, including tea tree oil, and has been found to be a potent supporter of healthy cells†—and when your cells are healthy, then you can be, too.†
Each element contributes to health, too, and tea tree oil is simply packed with these constituents!†
Truth be told, tea tree oil has such a strong reputation for its health benefits that it’s commonly known as a “go to” among some people, including many Australians who keep this precious essential oil available in their household cabinets.
Here are some uses for and benefits of tea tree essential oil:
- Add one to two drops to water, citrus drinks or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.†
- Apply to skin after shaving.
- Promotes healthy immune function†
- For occasional skin irritations, apply one to two drops of tea tree essential oil to affected area.†
- Protects against environmental and seasonal threats†
- Combine one or two drops with your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties.
- Well-known for its cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin†
- Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keep nails looking healthy.†
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.†
- Apply to the bottoms of feet and inside shoes to freshen them.
- Create your own aftershave with tea tree oil and cedarwood.
Tea tree oil is a great blending oil. It blends well with lavender, lemon, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, geranium, myrrh, nutmeg, rosewood, rosemary and thyme essential oils.
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