Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree is must-have oil to keep on hand for a wide array of applications. See the Tea Tree Oil Uses section below for a laundry list of applications for Tea Tree Oil.
The aroma is medicinal, but many become fond (or at the very least, tolerant) to the aroma after becoming accustomed to it. Do consider trying Manuka Essential Oil if you cannot tolerate the aroma of Tea Tree Oil.
Although many authors and educators have expressely stated that Tea Tree Essential Oil can be applied to the skin undiluted, it is prudent to not heed this advice. Less is more. For a detailed explanation, read AromaWeb’s Guide to Diluting Essential Oils.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Color: Clear with a Yellow Tinge
Perfumery Note: Middle
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
Aromatic Description: Tea Tree Oil is medicinal, fresh, woody, earthy, herbaceous
Tea Tree Oil Uses: Acne, athlete’s foot, candida, chicken pox, cold sores, colds, corns, cuts, flu, insect bites, itching, migraine, oily skin, ringworm, sinusitis, sores, spots, urethritis, warts, whooping cough. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
Safety Information: Tea Tree Oil may cause sensitization in some. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 168.]