Friday, August 1, 2008

Essential Oil of the Month--Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is distilled from a tree in Australia. Its name comes from tea drunk by aboriginal people. Its healing effects include: anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. It can be used to treat everything from athlete's feet to dandruff.

Unlike most essential oils, tea tree can be used "neat" on your body. This means it does not need to be diluted with a carrier oil, lotion, or shampoo.

Tea tree's smell is medicinal, but clean. Inhaling relieves congestion, and tea tree is terrific for cleaning your home when someone is ill.

We use Tea Tree Oil in our Healing Salve. The salve is wonderful for treating poison ivy, burns, insect bites, shingles, and cuts. SoapWerks' Sore No More contains tea tree, lavender, eucalpytus, and sage. Sore No More brings relief to your "achy parts".
We sell 2 oz. bottles of Tea Tree Oil through our Etsy shop.

Essential Oil Recipe of the Month

Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree Spray Cleaner

2 teaspoons borax
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups hot water
1/4 teaspoon eucalpytus essential oil
1/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix all ingredients and stir until dry ingredients dissolve. Pour into a spray bottle for use and long-term storage. To use, spray as needed on any surface except glass. Scrub and rinse with a clean, damp cloth.

(adapted from Herbal Homekeeping by Sandy Maines)


WildCherry said...

Hi Kathy,
As a fellow creative, lover of things earthy and essential oils addict, I'd like to give you a Brilliant Weblog award.

To collect your award, please visit my site and copy the Brilliant Weblog logo to put on your site. You will find instructions there on how to nominate 7 other blogs yourself. Its a great way to show people that you appreciate their work as well as to bring new people to visit your site. Enjoy!

Kathy said...

Thanks for the award. I will copy your logo in a couple of days--I'm finishing up summer school classes!

I would like to contribute to your blog. Let me know what you need and when! Kathy

WildCherry said...

That's fantastic Kathy! I would love to feature essential oil recipes and/or any natural cleaning or body recipes on the site.

Please email me on and we can chat more about the details.

I look forward to getting to know you better:-)