Tea tree essential oil

Aadrea Tea tree essential oil (River Tea Tree variety) is extracted from the leaves and branchlets of Melaleuca bracteata, through the process of steam distillation. 

Tea tree oil is a generic name, and is variously used for the essential oil derived from the several melaleuca species. The oil is a colourless to pale yellow, clear mobile liquid which has a sharp camphoraceous odour followed by a menthol-like cooling sensation. 

The active component(s) in a typical oil sample are Methyl eugenol (up to 96%), p-Mentha-2,8-diene-1-ol (0.9%), Methyl cinnamate (0.7%), Germacrene D (0.7%), and Terpinolene, Linalool, α-phellendrene and others.

Indications (benefits from use of product):

Tea tree essential oil has good antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral and anti-candida traits. At a 5% concentration the oils were found viable for use in antiseptics and disinfectants.

Tea tree essential oil has immense biological activities; it modifies the membrane of fungi, which shows its antifungal ability (indicated for Candida spp). When used against invasive fungal wound infections (IFIs) the oil is very effective as it inhibits growth of filamentous fungi, with very high efficacy rates when 100% concentrate is used within 15 minutes of exposure.

Tea tree oil and its components have been applied in the field of agriculture to prevent food spoilage or in the form of pesticides. The oil was applied directly as well as in vapor phase, revealing in both instances that the oil blocked the mycelial growth of 15 post-harvest fungi. A 1% solution of tea tree oil was found effective against powdery mildew in greenhouse cucurbits. Further, M. bracteata oil used as an effective herbicide at concentrations of 10ml/litre, the oil fully controlled seed germination of certain weed species (). The oil has also been found to lengthen the shelf life and storage quality of citrus, sweet basil leaves and strawberry when applied in vapor phase (concentration of 1ml/L)

How to Use:

Internal Use (Ingestion): Not to be taken orally under any condition.

Therapeautic and Healing: Acne vulagris is the common form of acne, also known as pimples, zits, or spot; the most common sufferers are teenagers and young adults who suffer growth of bacteria in the skin as a result of excessive sebum secretion. At least 5-8 drops from a blend of 20 drops combined of Tea tree; Lemongrass; Cinnamon and 10ml of grapeseed carrier oil can be used twice daily by rubbing into the face, after cleansing the skin. Alternatively, mix one part tea tree oil with nine parts water and applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed. Tea tree oil’s antifungal properties may help alleviate symptoms of athlete’s foot when applied topically (20-25 drops as part of blend which has water and baking soda ¼ of a cup). To provide relief for psoriasis flare ups, combine 10–15 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Apply this to the affected area2–3 times per day, as needed.

Massage and Spa therapy: Tea tree essential oil is used in aromatherapy, to soothe, cool and invigorate you; it’s the perfect ingredient for massage oil. Dilute several drops in almond or grapeseed oil. To enhance relaxation, lavender and eucalyptus oil can be blended with tea tree oil. To alleviate tension headaches or migraines, you may apply two to three drops to your temples, forehead and back of neck.

Mouth wash and deodorising: To make your own chemical-free mouthwash, simply add a drop of Teatree oil to a cup of warm water, mix thoroughly, and swish in your mouth for at least 30 seconds or so. Like other mouthwashes, tea tree oil should not be swallowed.

Cleaning and Sanitation: Combine 20 drops tea tree oil, 3/4 cup water, and a 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.

Shake well until thoroughly mixed and spray onto the affected area and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

Using a Diffuser/Humidifier: In aromatherapy, tea tree can help unclog your sinuses and offer relief from a scratchy throat. Use three to four drops in diffuser of choice with 100ml of clean water to generate the vapour. To relieve seasonal allergies symptoms with your own DIY product, tea tree and eucalyptus oil can be diffused together, or apply two to three drops of tea tree topically to your temples, chest and back of neck.

Body Odour /Anti-fungal: Manage body orders with Tea tree essential oil in blend with shea butter oil, coconut oil and baking powder. The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties in tea tree (or lavender, where tea tree is not available) will be sufficient to halt the growth of these microbial agents in the glands under the arm or any other part of the skin.

Soothing Skin Cuts and scrapes: Add one drop of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil and apply to the cleaned area where the wound is., and cover with a bandage until a scab is formed. A few drops of tea tree oil can also be added to wound dressing each time anew dressing is applied.

Side effects and management in event of misuse/ingestion:

Wilful misuse of Tea tree oil can take the form of oral ingestion or use of undiluted concentrate in excess proportions. In both instances, decontamination will be necessary, and in the case of oral ingestion and allergic reaction, seek the help of a trained medical practitioner. In the case of skin reactions, consult a dermatologist.

Additional information:

Aadrea Tea tree essential oil is packaged in durable aluminum cans or labelled amber bottles with a dropper. Alternative packaging and seals will be specified as they become available.

Essential oils are volatile and lose their potency when exposed for long periods to oxygen and direct sunlight. Store the oil in its original sealed container, in a cool and dark space.

Before Use:

Tea tree oil should not be ingested because it may be toxic if swallowed. Store it out of reach of children.

The oil should be applied topically (on external surfaces of the body), and preferably diluted; using the oil directly or in high concentrations can potentially cause skin irritation. A skin test is recommended prior to use. Tea tree oil must never be used near the eyes, inner ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.

The oil is generally safe for use on adult skin but neat oils should never be applied to the facial skin. Individuals who suffer from allergic sensitivities could potentially experience skin irritations with the use of Tea tree oil, which could be uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous in higher exposure amounts.

Shelf-life Information

Our essential oils, oleoresins, absolutes and hydrosols have been made using an ideal and chemical neutral /free process of either steam distillation, cold press and supercritical extraction. The purity of the oils has been ensured by keeping the amount of hydration/water content and other elements at the lowest level. With this in mind, we are confident that the product will remain effective if you store it in its primary bottle/container, away from direct sunlight, excessive heat and minimize the periods the bottle is opened (during which the oil potentially gets exposed to oxygen).

Your essential oil should remain viable (with the full optimal potential to deliver the intended benefit) for an average of 36 months (3 years)*** from the date of its manufacture.

***Click here – to refer to Our Safety and Precautions page for more detailed information on essential oils and carrier oils safety and shelf life.