But this post is about the Aussie Tea Tree oil (in the US they call it Melaleuca) so let me get straight into it! doTERRA sources their 100% pure tea tree from Australia as we are the best at growing it and have the best quality, climate, soil, etc. Go Oz! I love that about doTERRA. They don’t try and grow everything in America. They recognise that these natural things are best harvested from where they are naturally grown…and naturally grown by people who have been doing it for a very long time (sometimes generations!).
To be honest with you, I didn’t really know what to do with tea tree oil when it came in my kit. I was excited to have it included cause it’s a popular oil (which is why it’s in the Home Essentials Kit….all the most popular oils are hanging out in there), but I was so used to using the cheap and nasty stuff (with POISON written on it) only for cleaning and nothing else really! It’s actually something the we have used for a long time BUT now I had the top-qual stuff I didn’t really know how to use it.
Now listen up! You absolutely, 100% CAN NOT take Tea Tree essential oil internally if you have bought it from another brand. It is poisonous!! You will get sick! You CAN absolutely, 100% take doTERRA tea tree essential oil internally and they actually recommend you dilute one drop in some water and drink. There are 250 drops in each bottle, so that could almost get you to one year of tea tree drinking goodness! I’ve warned you about the poison, now let’s move on.
One thing I am keen on trying is to diffuse tea tree to kill mold. Living up here on the mountain we get misty mornings. The area is known as a mold-loving environment and the bane of some local’s existence. We haven’t had a terrible mold issue in our home yet as we have lots of windows and light, but we did spend a small fortune about a year ago getting all our camera lenses professionally cleaned as some mold had gotten onto the lens glass! Luckily we caught it pretty quick cause mold can actually erode glass! Eek! Now all our lenses are stored in a bar fridge with a humidity reader, but we still have mold potential everywhere else even though it is not prevalent in our home…yet :/ I also love how anti-bacterial Tea Tree is and want to use it more for the usual family problems like cuts, earaches, congestion and insects!
Uses for Tea Tree Essential Oil:
“In many cases, doctors of functional medicine will prescribe essential oils like tea tree oil and oregano oil in replacement of conventional medications because they’re just as effective and without the adverse side effects.” –Dr. Axe, Food Is Medicine. Ooh I got oregano oil in my Home Essentials Kit too…keep an eye out for that feature – it will blow your mind!
Tea Tree oil is really a powerful antiseptic and has been well documented in medical journals as being able to kill certain strains of viruses, fungi and bacteria. Umm, yes please! Keep my people healthy! 🙂
- Acne (undiluted or add to your facewash)
- Bacterial infections
- Cold sores
- Congestion and respiratory tract infections
- Blood circulation
- Fungal infections (especially Candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus)
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Head lice
- Hair loss
- Dry cuticles
- Nappy rash
- Shaving cream
- Itchy insect bites, sores and sunburns
- Immune system stimulating
- Boils from staph infections
- Purify the air (diffuse)
- Anti-microbial laundry freshener
- Insect repellant
- Natural deodorant
- Acne face wash
- Removes foot odour
- Removes mold
- Household cleaner
- Cleaning make up brushes
- Mouthwash and breath freshener (add lemon and peppermint too…from the Home Essentials Kit)
“Tea tree oil can be used as a cure for almost all tropical infections and diseases. You name it and it has some sort of positive effect or treatment for that disease. It is invariably found in almost the households of Australia, particularly those that have small children. The magical healing and disinfectant properties make it a wonder drug that also boosts your immunity.” – Organic Facts
I love the history part about the oils! Always learn something interesting 🙂 So with Tea Tree oil, the Indigenous people used to use the leaves with a make-shift vaporizers! They would heat rocks in their fires and then place the rocks into small pools of water which has tea tree leaves added. This would cause steam and the oil vapour which they inhaled for respiratory conditions. Pretty genius! For cuts and infections, they would stick the leaves to their bodies using mud.
In the 1900’s down in New South Wales, there were some small distilleries which made tea tree oil. This would be sent to our soldiers in WWI and WWII which they would add to their first aid kit. Tea Tree oil was replaced by antibiotics when they were invented.
Very happy I have Tea Tree oil in my repertoire of starter oils! Especially with a very active and outdoorsy toddler in the house 🙂
You can buy Tea Tree essential oil here: mydoterra.com/katrinavagg