This blog comes straight from Christine Weber herself! Learn more about Christine’s history with tea tree essential oil and how you can best utilize it yourself!
Tea tree oil is a fun story for me. It was my second holiday season, and I was selling products at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. I had recently begun working with essential oils, but most of our products were unscented. The products were scented very little (if at all), and any scent came from the actual ingredients themselves (think Lavender Square Bar or the Sweet Citrus Square Bar). I was just dabbling in the essential oils, so I used mostly orange, lavender, and tea tree (and maybe a little peppermint—it’s hard to remember!).
But I do remember this! A customer asked if I made tea tree oil lip balm! Lip balm?! I was taken aback; you would want that on your lips?! Just the scent alone had me turning green. We had a good laugh about my reaction, and she began to tell me why she liked it. She knew way more about oils than I did! After that show I knew I needed to really dig in, learn what these oils can do, and why she just wanted it in a lip balm tube. (Not for her lips, phew! She just wanted an easy way to apply it!)
Let’s dig in!
What is tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that comes from steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree. When used topically, tea tree oil is believed to be antibacterial.
What does it smell like?
Tea tree oil is very camphorous. It is often paired with oils that have a menthol scent, like peppermint or eucalyptus.
What pairs well with tea tree oil?
In skincare, I love to combine the calm qualities of lavender or the energizing properties of peppermint! In the aromatherapy world, lavender and peppermint oil will complement the tea tree oil and not work against it.
What can I use tea tree oil for?
Because of tea tree oil’s antibacterial properties, it has been known to be a natural remedy for dandruff, acne, lice, insect bites, scabies, and fungal or bacterial infections of the skin. We had great success with our Tea Tree Oil Balm when our son had molluscum. We hear many success stories about our helping with breakouts and a flaky scalp; it’s been a staple since it was created. Because of its known antibacterial properties, it makes an excellent choice for hand sanitizers! And due to its ability to help with dry, itchy skin issues, our Tea Tree Hand Sanitizer can be a great option as a facial toner for breakout-prone customers, in addition to bringing relief for a bad case of itchy hemorrhoids.
What should we watch out for when using tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil should not be ingested. It is a very toxic oil because it is so potent; please keep all tea tree oil up and away from small children and pets. Essential oils are not recommended for children under two. This oil is one that you would not want to apply “neat” (or directly to the skin), as it can cause allergic reactions.