From time to time we like to take a minute and get back to basics, and this week is no different. It starts off our tea tree oil blog series with a look at some of the facts about tea tree oil, how to use it, and why it is so great! So, without further ado, here is a straightforward run-down of one of the most popular essential oils on the planet!
What is it? Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), a plant native to Southeast Queensland and the Northern coast of New South Wales, Australia. The tree got its name from 18th century sailors who made tea from the leaves. That being said, it isn’t to be confused with the tea plant which is used to make green and black teas – they are completely unrelated. However, these sailors were not the first to use the tea tree, as Australian Aboriginal groups have used it as a staple for hundreds of years – its history goes way back!
Once the leaves of the tea tree have been harvested, the oil needs to be extracted. There are three main processes by which the oil is obtained: water distillation, steam distillation and water/steam distillation. In each, the steam/hot water works to separate the oil from the leaves of the plant, and this oil is then collected.
Tea tree oil has a fresh, camphor-like scent, and ranges in colour from pale yellow to almost clear.
Tea tree oil is probably best known for its antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is to be used topically, not orally, and has been shown to treat a number of skin infections and ailments. These are just a few of the more well-known:
- Fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis)
- Athlete’s foot
- Minor cuts and scrapes
- Ear Infections (otitis media and otitis externa)
Aside from these, tea tree oil is also popular for a number of other uses including natural household cleaning, to freshening laundry, as a mold remover, and a natural flea repellant.
Tea tree oil is a versatile oil with a variety of uses – and thanks to this is it growing in popularity across the world.
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Last week we took a look at the basics of tea tree oil, and this week we are going a bit more in depth, switching things up a bit with a video to give you a change of pace! Today we are looking at tea tree oil benefits and showing you why it is such a popular essential oil.
First, check out this great video from ActiveBeat. It covers some of the same great info from last week, but it also talks about why tea tree oil is so great – some of the science-class stuff that we skipped over.
Ok, so what kind of science-y stuff are we talking about? One of the reasons tea tree oil is considered to be a great natural alternative to chemical antiseptics is because of the terpinens. Tea tree oil is defined by the International Standard ISO 4730 which specifies levels of 15 components which are needed to define the oil as “tea tree oil.” Tea tree oils have six different types, with different chemical compositions. These include a terpinen-4-ol type, a terpinolene type, and four 1,8-cineole types, and these oil types contain over 98 compounds. Terpinen-4-ol is the major component responsible for antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties – the chemicals contained in these components attack and kill bacteria and fungus.
As mentioned, tea tree oil has a variety of uses, ranging from medicinal to cleaning. Want to know how to use it? Stay tuned – next week we cover a ton of those uses!
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With the winter weather still in full swing, many of us are finding our immune systems are taking a beating. Thanks to the chill outside, many of us opt for the warmer climate indoors, and as a result are bombarded with cold and flu germs at every turn! Cold and flu symptoms can come on quickly – and that can put us on the couch faster that you can say, well, couch.
This year, instead of turning to those over-the-counter medications, why not try something a little more natural? There are quite a few essential oils out there which can significantly reduce cold and flu symptoms, without the added pharmaceutical chemical composition.
One of the best is tea tree oil, for a number of reasons. Derived from the leaves of the tea tree, which is native to Australia, tea tree oil has been used for centuries, gaining popularity for its diverse range of uses over the last few years. From household cleaning, to acne, cold sores to Athlete’s foot, tea tree oil has proven to be a powerhouse when it comes to natural health and natural living.
Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral, which makes it a great cold and flu fighter. Additionally, it is a great expectorant so can drastically improve congestion when you are feeling under the weather.
Benefits of tea tree oil when it comes to cold and flu season:
- Before the cold creeps in – keep germs away by using tea tree oil to purify the air and keep some on hand to use as a sanitizer throughout the day.
- Once you’ve caught the dreaded cold – use tea tree oil to lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Try using a few drops in the bath.
- Add tea tree oil to a vaporizer to loosen chest congestion.
- In the form of aromatherapy, tea tree oil is used to treat colds and persistent coughs.
Furthermore, when you combine tea tree oil with lavender oil, you get double the benefits. Lavender oil, derived from the lavender plant, is antiseptic and antimicrobial, and helps the body relax. When you are sick, getting a good night’s sleep can be tough, so the calming properties of lavender oil can give you that much needed relief, especially when coupled with the power of tea tree oil.
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