Have you heard about tea tree oil?
For a long time I would hear people talk about using tea tree oil for various things. The way they would talk about it, it almost seemed like a miracle oil that was good for everything from acne to ear infections.
WebMD describes Tea Tree Oil like this:
Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas.
Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa.
Some people add it to bath water to treat cough, bronchial congestion, and pulmonary inflammation.
Sounds pretty good right?
So, once I was introduced to the wonders of essential oils, for a long time (don’t laugh), I wondered why Young Living didn’t have Tea Tree Oil as part of their essential oil collection. I mean, they have several hundred single and oil blends, why couldn’t I find Tea Tree Oil?
After a few months, I figured it out. They do! It’s just not called Tea Tree Oil! It’s called Melaleuca Alternifolia and it’s included in their new Everyday Oils kit!
Some of the uses WebMD lists for Tea Tree Oil:
Acne and Athlete’s Foot and some people use it for things like bad breath, gingivitis, dandruff, cold sores, lice, yeast infections, ear infections and ringworm (though WebMD notes there is not enough scientific evidence to say with any certainty they help all of these conditions.)
For those of you who are into holistic ways of keeping your family healthy and supporting their well being in a natural way, Melaleuca Alternifolia is one of those oils you definitely want to keep on hand.
Have a great day!
* I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am just a mom who looks for holistic ways to keep her family healthy! These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.