Description: The teatree is a small shrub with needle-like leaves. It can grow up to 7m and thrives in marshy areas, though now it is cultivated in plantations. It is a very robust tree.
Colour: pale yellow to colourless
Common uses: Best known as a very powerful stimulant, it can help fight bacteria, fungi and viruses. Used in vapour therapy, teatree can help with colds, measles, sinusitis, and viral infections. For skin and hair, teatree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice and dandruff.
Aromatic scent: Teatree oil has a fresh, antiseptic and medicinal scent with mint and spice back-notes.
History: Teatree oil has a long history of use in the aromatherapy field. In WW11, the producers of teatree oil were exempt from military service until enough oil had been accumulated. The oil was highly valued as it was issued to each soldier and sailor as part of their kit to treat tropical infections and infected wounds.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
Cautions: Very potent and not to be used on sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.
Everyday, super simple uses for essential oils
Essential oils are used to fragrance soap (2%-3%), balms (0.5%), skin creams and butters (0.5%).