Undeniably distinctive, fresh, and invigorating, we absolutely adore tea tree here at Heyland & Whittle HQ.
It has so many wonderful properties that, like our recent look at lavender, we knew we had to capture some of the benefits here on our blog.
Native to Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, tea tree has been used by Aboriginal Australians as a natural remedy for centuries, long before it was discovered by the rest of the world.
The leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia go through a distillation process, which extracts the oil we know as tea tree – though the tree itself actually has no relation to your afternoon cuppa!
Naturally antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory, tea tree can be used in myriad ways to boost your wellbeing. Find out more below.
Soothe itchy, sore skin
Whether you live with something like psoriasis, or mosquitoes find you utterly delicious, tea tree is a powerful way to soothe and calm distressed skin.
As tea tree has anti-inflammatory compounds it works beautifully as a balm for red and itchy patches, soothing insect stings, calming sunburn, and helping to heal little scrapes.
Make sure that you dilute the neat tea tree oil into a carrier oil, like coconut or argan – work in ratios of two drops of neat oil to 12 drops of carrier oil (or try 10–15 drops of tea tree oil combined with two tablespoons of melted coconut oil).
Gently massage this into the affected area as needed, up to two or three times a day – your skin will thank you.
Combat acneDepending on how you use it, tea tree oil can have a potent positive impact on unhappy skin. Multiple studies have shown that it can help to lessen acne, and reduce its severity – using a tea tree gel, or a soap to gently cleanse the affected area can be extremely effective.According to Healthline, you can also:“Make your own acne treatment by mixing one part tea tree oil with nine parts water and applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed”
Keep skin clean and fresh, naturallyTea tree’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties mean that it is nature’s very own germ-buster.
Regularly washing your hands (using good hand washing practice) with a tea tree soap can be a fantastic way to naturally kill bacteria – especially when cough and cold season makes a comeback.
Using a tea tree soap like our palm-free Tea Tree & Nettle Soap is also a great way to cleanse bodily skin that may be suffering from breakouts.
From your back to the backs of your arms and more, slightly astringent nettle and the antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory nature of tea tree will have your skin clear in no time.
How do you like to use tea tree in your own routines? What other benefits has it had for you?
Please note that as with all essential oils, never ingest or swallow tea tree (or any other) essential oil as this can be toxic and/or fatal. Always seek medical advice before trying a holistic therapy, and consult your doctor with any concerns. The information in this article is presented for entertainment means, and under no circumstances should be construed as medical advice.