Australian Tea Tree, or Melaleuca, has been used as a medicinal for thousands of years by the aboriginal tribes, around the area called Bungawalbyn, which means “healing ground.” The indigenous people boiled the leaves and twigs, which we now know have a high terpene content that kills bacteria, and they used the tea and essential oil for treating wounds, bites, skin problems, coughs, colds and throat infections.
In the 18th century sailors, under the command of British explorer James Cook, noticed the aborigines using tea tree oil, and adopted the practice for medical uses, including scurvy. By World War II, tea tree cutters were exempt from military service until they accumulated enough essential oil to supply every sailor and soldier in the military for his personal first aid kit.
It is a proven antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral essential oil. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) is beneficial for a great number of medical conditions and injuries, and has many disinfection properties that make it truly an essential oil for first aid, cleaning, and more.
Here are just a few ways that tea tree oil can help you:
- Skin Conditions and Injuries: Use tea tree essential oil on a damp cotton ball for deep cleaning pores and treating acne. It’s been shown to reduce acne more effectively than benzoyl peroxide products and with fewer side effects! For cuts, scrapes, bites, infections, athlete’s foot fungus, and even MRSA, tea tree oil’s powerful terpene fights bacteria and virus infections with great success!
- Pest Control: Insects just don’t like tea tree oil. That’s bad news for insects, AND great news for people and pets! Spray a solution of 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water along entry points where bugs come in, doorways, windows, under sinks and cabinets, and you’ll be using a natural pest control that is safe and economical for your home. Lice and scabies are repelled by tea tree oil, too, and you can add a drop to shampoo to create a natural shield to prevent them from attaching.
- Cleaning: Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your wash load. Your clothes will smell fresher, and you will kill bacteria and mold spores! A few teaspoons of tea tree oil in a spray bottle of water makes an excellent cleaner for kitchens, bathrooms, floors, door handles–anywhere you want to clean AND keep away bacteria, viruses and mold. You can even put a drop of tea tree oil on your toothbrush between brushings to sanitize it, then rinse before using, which is especially great if you have had a cold or flu.
Tip: Add tea tree oil to your steamy bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Many people have found that it stops an oncoming cold in its tracks!
Blending: Tea Tree Oil is compatible with Lavender, Clary Sage, Chamomile, Bergamot and Ylang-ylang, especially for cleansing skin and reducing inflammation. Combined with a few drops of lemon or peppermint, it’s a great scent for cleaners!