Sunday, May 15, 2011

Essential Oil Profile: Tea Tree

Tea tree essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the melaleuca alternifolia plant. It is a powerful antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibiotic oil.
Odor- strong, sharp, medicinal,
Fragrance Notes- classified as a top note but I disagree. It’s medicinal smell is so strong that I only use it at night when there's no chance that anyone else will smell it.
Precautions- can irritate sensitive skin.
Useful for- cuts, insect bites, burns, cold sores, air purifier – careful not to use too much, colds, acne, dandruff,
Emotional benefits- In my opinion, tea tree has a much too strong medicinal smell to offer an emotional benefit when inhaled. The smell is jarring, to say the least. So, if you need a quick pick-me-up, just take a whiff. Otherwise, save this for skin and medicinal applications.  

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