Published: 01/19/2015 - Updated: 11/15/2018
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Tea Tree, or Malaleuca alternifolia, is the subject of our first element in the natural first aid kit. Every day we are going to take a look at different essential oils that can’t be left out of your natural first aid kit. Today, the “star” essential oil is tea tree.
Characteristics of Tea Tree esence oil
- It has an herbaceous, fresh tone. Fairly intense (one characteristic to keep in mind when buying it in an organic foods store).
- It is a mental stimulant that acts against lack of energy and drive.
- It is a very sought-after and respected oil. Why? Because it has excellent antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
- It is effectively used to treat fungus, viruses, and bacteria.
Tips to keep in mind
- It can be used directly on skin, with a Q-tip for example.
- Lemon, pine, mint, cypress.
- If you have a small wart on your arm, use a Q-tip dipped in one drop of organic tea tree oil, and cover with with adhesive tape for one day. Remove the tape. Repeat for 2 weeks.
- Essential oils are not to be ingested. They are applied to local areas, some pure, others with a carrier oil.
- Always consult your doctor. Some conditions cannot be cured with essential oils, but do lead to their improvement. You must use conscience and responsibility when using essential oils, which is why it is always a good idea to consult your physician.
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Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 11/15/2018
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