by Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
Have you heard of tea tree oil? You may have seen tea tree essential oil featured in products that include skin care, oral sprays, household cleaners, shampoos and acne treatments.
And there’s a great reason why: tea tree oil is a potent antibacterial essential oil.
Whether you’re new to essential oils or you’re a holistic wellness veteran, knowing what tea tree oil is, how you can use tea tree oil in your life, and how you can benefit from it is important information to know.
In this Be Natural blog article, we’ll go cover the following about tea tree oil:
- What is tea tree oil
- What are common uses of tea tree oil
- How Dr. Brite uses tea tree oil
What is Tea Tree Oil
Not to be confused with common tea plants Tea tree essential oil actually comes from the Melaleuca tree that is native to Australia. The indigenous Bundjalung people of eastern Australia used the Melaleuca tree for years as a form of traditional medicine by:
- Inhaling the oil from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds
- Applying the leaves on wounds
- Brewing an infusion of the leaves to make a tea for treatment of sore throats
- Applying on the skin for minor wounds, abrasions and insect bites and stings.
The name “tea tree” was given to this plant by Captain James Cook when he saw the Bundjalung brew a tea drink with the leaves of the Melaleuca tree.
But only within the last 70 years, tea tree oil is recognized for its antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, according to the Australian Tea Tree Oil Industry Association.
Because this essential oil has a wide variety of properties, it’s a popular ingredient found in many personal care, beauty, and household products.
What Are Common Uses of Tea Tree Oil
On its own, tea tree oil is a fantastic essential oil to use in a diffuser. It can help prevent mold by purifying a living space while also awakening the senses.
Tea tree oil can also help ease symptoms of nasal congestion when added to a diffuser or when a few drops are added in a steam bath.
In terms of topical use on facial skin and body, it’s important to note that tea tree oil should always be diluted with a neutral carrier oil like jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil or sunflower oil. Like we mentioned, this essential oil is potent, which means that on its own it could sting a little and it may cause dryness if applied alone on the skin.
Once tea tree oil is diluted you can use to help treat pesky pimples faster, you can apply a few diluted drops to the scalp to soothe both dryness and oiliness, and you can even use diluted tea tree oil to help relieve minor ear aches.
Diluted tea tree oil can also be used as a household cleaner and a couple drops of this oil can be added to freshen and disinfect a toothbrush.
How Dr. Brite Uses Tea Tree Oil
Got gum pain or mouth sores? Our team at Dr. Brite has harnessed the power of tea tree oil in our Soothe & Restore Oral Spray. Here’s how our Soothe & Restore Oral Spray works:
- Tea tree oil and a bounty of carefully chosen essential oils quickly alleviate minor gum pain and mouth sores with just a few spritzes.
- Tea tree oil helps to keep bad bacteria at bay, so your gums and mouth can heal faster.
- Tea tree oil, along with peppermint oil, helps freshen your breath with a pleasant taste.
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