Tea Tree – also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia.
There are 236 species of Melaleuca and 230 of them are native to Australia. This is why doTERRA sources their Tea Tree from Australia because this is where the purest and potent oils are found.
Our ancestors used to crush the leaves of tea tree plants to release their essential oils and use them as antiseptic and antifungal poultices. To relieve a headache, the leaves were chewed. For insect bites, the oils were rubbed directly onto the bite and bathing in tea tree water was common practice to improve general wellbeing. During World War II, Australian Soldiers carried it, earning it the name ‘First aid kit in a bottle’.
What Science Shows
There is strong scientific evidence that Tea Tree essential oil shows the following therapeutic properties:
- Oral health
- Skin conditions & infections
- Head lice
- Acne and blemishes
There is also good scientific evidence showing that Tea Tree is beneficial in the following areas:
There is emerging science linking the benefits of Tea Tree to:
- Ocular itching
- Antiseptic, wound healing
5 ways I personally use Tea Tree in my home:
- I combine Tea Tree, Lavender and water in a mist bottle and use as a daily facial toner. I find this combination works well for breakouts and general redness.
- I add Tea Tree to my shampoo to help combat my dandruff.
- I was traveling during the whole of May in a campervan and staying in caravan parks where I was using communal showers. After every shower, I rubbed Tea Tree diluted with fractionated coconut oil all over my feet and toes nails to ensure I didn’t pick up any funky feet issues from the showers.
- I carry tea tree diluted in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and use it as an instant, toxin free hand sanitizer when I’m traveling.
- I use it in my homemade bathroom and toilet cleaning products.
** Please note that due to the very large amount of individual scientific studies applicable to this post, I cannot provide individual links within the post. If you wish to be directed to the journal published studies I gathered my info from, comment below stating exactly which application you would like the links to.