Apothecary Extract was kind enough to send me a large, 4 ounce bottle of their tea tree oil. The oil came with a PDF file containing 53 different ways to use tea tree oil.
Great All Purpose Essential Oil
I LOVE tea tree oil, I've used it for years! Tea tree oil comes from the melaleuca tree, Latin name Malaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil is used for a variety of holistic purposes. I've used tea tree oil, mixed into shampoo or conditioner, as a scalp treatment to help prevent dandruff. I've also mixed in a few drops of the oil into a bottle of lotion and use it as a foot rub to help prevent fungal infections such as athlete's foot.
Above: a field filled with melaleuca trees.
Invasive Melaleuca Trees
According to Wiki: "Melaleucas are popular garden plants, both in Australia and other tropical areas worldwide. In Hawaii and the Florida Everglades, M. quinquenervia (Broad-leaved Paperbark) was introduced to help drain low-lying swampy areas. It has since gone on to become a serious invasive species with potentially very serious consequences because the plants are highly flammable and spread aggressively."
I live in SE Florida, where the melaleuca tree is an invasive, non-native species. In fact, my house is right next to an empty lot which is filled with these pesky specimens. I wish there was an easy way for me to harvest tea tree oil from the trees, but I think's it's just a lot easier to buy a bottle of the pure essential oil. And I just did a bit of research, the trees growing in Florida are Melaleuca quinquenervia, otherwise known as broadleaf paperbark. This is NOT the species that produces commercial grade tea tree oil - BUMMER!
Multiple Uses for Tea Tree Oil
A word of caution. DO NOT use tea tree oil without first diluting it. A 100% solution of the oil will most likely burn and/or irritate your skin. There are many ways to dilute tea tree oil, including mixing it with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or olive oil, or add it to a bottle along with water and witch hazel.
Tea Tree Oil Bug Spray
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1 cup witch hazel
- 30 drops tea tree oil
- 15 drops eucalyptus oil
Mix the ingredients together in a large plastic spray bottle. Spray all-over your legs, arms, etc. before venturing outdoors. Re-apply as necessary.
Tea Tree Oil Scalp Treatment
This recipe is from Apothecary Extract's book 53 Uses for Tea Tree Oil.
- 3-4 drops of Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup dried lavender
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Bring water to a boil then add lavender and vinegar. Reduce heat to simmer for 25 minutes until lavender begins to sink. Remove from heat and add tea tree oil, let cool. Strain into glass jar and store.
Tea Tree Oil Healing Ointment
The recipe for this multi-purpose ointment is from my Backyard Diva blog. This ointment helps moisturize dry and damaged skin especially on the knees, elbows, heels, and cuticles. It can also be used to help heal minor cuts and scrapes. Rose-water is available at health food stores and many grocery stores.
Ingredients for the Healing Ointment:
- ¼ cup almond oil
- 2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
- ¼ cup shea butter
- 1/3 cup rose-water
- Contents of 3 vitamin E capsules
- 30 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
Directions for the Healing Oil:
- Place the almond oil in a small glass or stainless steel bowl, then place the bowl over a pan that is half filled with water.
- Turn the heat to medium and heat the mixture until the beeswax and shea butter have completely melted.
- Remove the bowl from the stove and turn off the heat.
- Stir in the rose-water, Vitamin E and essential oils.
- Place the bowl into a larger bowl filled half-way with ice cubes.
- Use a wire whisk or glass stirring rod to continuously beat and stir the mixture until it is thick and creamy.
- Pour or spoon the ointment into wide mouth containers.
- Let the balm cool completely to room temperature before adding the lids.
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Tea Tree Oil Product Description
One of the most versatile essential oils. Naturally fight Acne, Toenail Fungus, Lice, Yeast Infections, Skin Tags, Cold Sores, Dandruff, Ringworm, Fleas, Warts, Psoriasis, and More.
Use to make your own Shampoo, Lotion, Soap, Face Cleaner, Body Wash, and Toothpaste.
Stop polluting your home and make all natural Household Cleaners, Detergents, Shower Sprays, Bathroom Disinfectants, and Kitchen Sprays.
Every large 4 ounce bottle comes with a FREE 100 PAGE GUIDE. We provide you with all the ways to use tea tree oil to improve your life, and replace harmful cleaners around the house.
Many essential oils are diluted to cut costs. We insist on the absolute best quality. We Have the Tests to Prove Our Tea Tree Oil's Purity and Potency.
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