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TEA TREE

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Tea Tree

Melaleuca alternifolia

Tea Tree oil, is best known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing the skin, home surfaces, and purifying the air.

Why Tea Tree?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that can be used for several purposes, including keeping skin, hair and nails healthy.

What is Tea Tree?

Tea tree oil comes from the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia plant, and some people call it melaleuca oil. Australians have made use of the medicinal properties of tea tree oil for centuries -- legend has it that during World War II, the Australian army required soldiers to carry a bottle. While there are more than 100 natural chemicals in the oil, the primary active ingredients in tea tree are monoterpenes, hydrocarbons, and sesquiterpenes, which give the essential oil its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

10 Health and Wellness Benefits of Tea Tree

1. Natural hand sanitizer.

2. Insect Repellent

3. Natural Skin Care

4. Natural Deodorant

5. General Odor Control

6. Antiseptic for Minor Cuts

7. Hair Health

8. Dental Care

9. Reduces Nail Fungus

10. All Purpose Cleaner

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Love Your Skin

Tea tree oil is a natural skin moisturizer and cleanser. The terpenes are natural solvents that remove makeup, and the oil moisturizes. To make your own cleansing moisturizer, simply squeeze a bit of your normal moisturizer into your hand and mix in one or two drops of tea tree oil. To make your own makeup remover, add four to five drops of the tea tree oil into approximately two tablespoons of coconut or olive oil.

it is a good idea to test it on a small patch of skin to ensure no allergic reaction.

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All Purpose Cleaner

Tea tree oil makes a great all-purpose cleaner that also sanitizes surfaces.

Plus, it does so without leaving traces of chemicals you wouldn’t want your family members or pets coming in contact with.

Here’s an easy recipe for an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner:

  1. Combine 20 drops of tea tree oil, 3/4 cup of water and a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.

  2. Shake well until thoroughly mixed.

  3. Spray directly onto surfaces and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

  4. Make sure to shake the bottle before each use in order to mix the tea tree oil with the other ingredients.

 

For more tips on Tea Tree and other essential oils check out the Botanicals Blog