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Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil Profile

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.

Tea Tree Tea Tree Oil

Botanical Name

Melaleuca alternifolia

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves

Color

Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Consistency

Thin

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.]

Major Constituents

Terpinene-4-ol
Gamma-Terpinene
a-Terpinene
Terpinolene
1,8-Cineole
a-Terpineol
p-Cymeme
a-Pinene
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[I. Southwell. Tea Tree Oil Composition, Standards and Monographs. (Cosmetics, Aerosols & Toiletries in Australia 10, 1997), 14-17. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 440.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young indicate that there is a low risk of skin sensitization when using Tea Tree topically. They recommend a dermal maximum of 15% and precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 440-445.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internallyand do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, haveliver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oilsonly under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Useextreme caution when using oils with children and give children onlythe gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualifiedaromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safetyissues, read Essential Oil Safety by RobertTisserand and Rodney Young.

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