Where does it come from?

Tea Tree Oil,  otherwise known as melaleuca, has been used for centuries. Its properties were identified by ancient cultures and adopted by the Australian Aborigines, who would crush “tea tree” leaves in their hands and inhale the aroma for colds and illnesses.

You too can harness some of the benefits of tea tree oil with aromatherapy. With 12 times the antiseptic power of pheno, it really does boast some superb powers!

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What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

Aromatherapy is often considered a complement to other therapies or, even more controversially, a form of alternative medicine.

Use in an aromatherapy practice

There are three ways to use these natural (essential) oils in an aromatherapy practice: topically, aromatically or internally.

Topical application – is the process of using essential oils directly on the body. You can do this “neat” (straight oil with no dilution) or use a carrier oil to dilute the oil.

Many essential oils are very potent and may irritate the skin, so diluting with another oil (vegetable oil, fractionated coconut oil, etc.) is a great way to begin.

Internal use – is the process of consuming the essential oils into the body. This can be done in many ways – through cooking with essential oils, placing oils in a capsule and swallowing as you would a pill, placing a couple of drops beneath the tongue, or adding a drop or two to a beverage.

**be sure and consult with a health professional before consuming oils directly.

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Aromatic use – involves inhalation of the oil, or the aroma from the oil. This can be done by using a diffuser or humidifier, or inhaling the oil directly from the source or bottle.

Using oils aromatically can be a powerful way to affect memory, hormones and emotions.

A powerful oil but gentle on the skin

However you choose to use the oils, tea tree oil is a powerful one to have in your arsenal. I

t’s one of the best selling essential oils of all time and is famous for being gentle on skin. You’ll want to use tea tree oil aromatically or topically and if you choose to ingest, please consult a health care professional.

Three uses for tea tree oil

– Cleanse and support healthy skin: For occasional skin irritations (acne, eczema, athlete’s foot etc.) apply 1–2 drops of tea tree oil onto affected area. Add 1-2 drops to your cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties or apply to skin after shaving to prevent razor burn.

– Support the immune system: Diffuse tea tree oil to cleanse and purify the air and support your immune system. Receive the added benefit of balancing emotions.

– And it works for your hair too: Tea Tree Oil will super charge your shampoo! Add two or three drops to your shampoo and then apply as usual to promote and maintain a healthy scalp.

These are only a few of tea tree’s many uses and the subject is truly broad and fascinating.

If you are already using tea tree oil please feel free to leave any comments below and share further hints and tips.

 

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