Methods of Use of Tea Tree Essential Oil

Posted: July 15, 2011 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I want to share with you some of the great ways to use Tea Tree Essential Oil.  TEA TREE (Melaleuca alternifolia)   This essential oil comes from a species of the Melaleuca tree found in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves. Aroma: spicy, fresh, medicinal Properties: Powerful antiseptic, anti – fungal, antiviral, antibiotic, detoxifying, stimulant, insecticide. Main components: terpineol, terpinene, cineol, cymene, pinene Uses: Helps the immune system attack bacterial infections, viruses, fungi and yeast.Helpful for colds, flu, and catarrh.

For fungus and athlete’s foot

 FOOTBATH: Place feet, up to ankles, in hot water for 20 minutes before going to bed.  Mix a total of 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil with 1 teaspoon sea salt and add it to the water. Then file the nail and add 2 drops of undiluted tea tree oil. Repeat this process every day until fungus clears. For athlete’s foot put one drop of undiluted Tea Tree between each toe every day.

For urinary tract infections:

SITZBATH: Mix 2 teaspoons of plain organic * yogurt with 6 drops of  Tea Tree essential oil.  Run a bath with warm (not hot) water to the level of hips, add the yogurt/essential oil mixture and sit for approximately 10 minutes. Be consistent, repeat this treatment for about 10 days for optimal results. *Yogurt must be whole-milk, natural, white, and with live acidophilus culture TAMPON: Mix 2 tablespoons plain yogurt with 4 drops of Tea Tree. Soak the tip of a tampon in mixture.  Insert the tampon and leave for 4 hours. Repeat this method 2 or 3 times a day. SANITARY PAD: Put2 drops of Tea Tree oil on pad.

For throat infections and colds  

GARGLE: In an empty glass put ½ teaspoon sea salt and 6 drops of  Tea Tree essential oil.  Add the juice of one lemon and ½ cup warm water.  Stir well, gargle and spit it out.  DO NOT SWALLOW.  Repeat twice daily. INHALATION: Add about 3 drops of essential oil blend to a bowl of warm water and inhale for around 10 minutes to ease blocked sinuses, chest complaints and colds. Close eyes and cover head with towel. Care should be taken to ensure not to burn with water or steam. Not to be used by asthma or allergy sufferers.

For acne:

Put 3 drops of Tea Tree oil on a Q-tip and apply the oil on each pimple.

For mouth abscesses:

Mix 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil with 1/4 tsp salt. Add cold water. Do mouthwashes twice a day until a dentist is consulted.
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC– Aromatherapy blog This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.