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It is claimed that Tea Tree was originally named by eighteenth century sailors, who coined the term after the nutmeg-like scent from the tea they made using its leaves.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oils are extracted from its leaves. These trees are native to Queensland and New South Wales. Australian tea trees grow quickly and harvested as early as 6 months.
Tea tree leaves have been used as medicine by indigenous Australians for centuries, who crushed the leaves to extract the oil that is then used to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin. It is now known globally as one of the most powerful immune system stimulants thatis used in treating viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
Vibe Naturals’ Tea Tree essential oils are extracted using the steam distillation process. This process ensures the composition of the oil is well preserved. Additionally, essential oils extracted this way are more eco-friendly since the process is not hazardous and by-products can be recycled, thus producing minimal waste.

Benefits and uses of tea tree essential oils:
1. Antibacterial
Australians have used the oil as a healing treatment, particularly for skin conditions, for almost 100 years. However, today it is perhaps best known for its antibacterial properties.
Studies suggest that the oil’s broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity is due to its ability to damage bacteria’s cell walls.
A great use for tea tree essential oil’s antibacterial properties would be a DIY hand sanitiser. See below for the recipe:
Ingredients

30 drops Vibe Naturalstea tree essential oil
5-10 drops Vibe Naturals lavender essential oil
90ml ethyl alcohol 90%+ (180+ proof) or 91%+ isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
30ml aloe vera gel
¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil (for its skin-softening properties)

Instructions

Swirl the essential oils and Vitamin E oil together in a small bowl or container.
Add in the alcohol and swirl again.
Then combine the mixture with the aloe vera gel.
You can transfer the sanitizer into little squirt bottles.
Ensure that the bottles are tinted so that the essential oils are not exposed to sunlight.
The vitamin E and alcohol in this recipe helps to preserve the sanitizer, which should last for several months.
Don’t forget to shake gently before each use!

2. Antiseptic for Minor Cuts and Scrapes
The broken skin of an injury makes it easy for germs to enter your bloodstream, causing infection.
Using tea tree oil to treat and disinfect minor cuts and abrasions reduces the risk of infection caused by S. aureus and other bacteria.
These steps will help disinfect cuts and scrapes:
Clean out the wound with antibacterial soap and water
Mix 1 drop of Vibe Naturals tea tree essential oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil
Put a small amount of the mixture on the injured area and wrap it with a bandage
This process should be repeated once or twice a day until a scab forms

3. Anti-inflammatory
The anti-inflammatory properties of terpinen-4-ol, a compound in tea tree oil, helps to alleviate inflammation. Studies show that tea tree oils applied topically to histamine-induced (allergic reaction) skin inflammation reduced the swelling more effectively that paraffin oil.
Use the following recipe to relieve inflamed skin:
Mix 10 drops of Vibe Naturals tea tree essential oil with a single tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil.
Ensure that it is mixed well. Store it in a sealed container.
Apply this mixture to the swelling daily until inflammation subsides.

4. Antifungal
Fungal infections, especially in the nails, are quite common. Even though they are mostly not dangerous, they are definitely unappealing. You can choose to treat your nail fungus with medications, or you can go with tea tree essential oil for a more natural approach. Using tea tree oil alone or in combination with other natural remedies can effectively treat nail fungus.
Here is one way you can use it to treat fungal nail infections:
Depending on individual sensitivity, you can choose to use a few drops of tea tree oil alone or mix it up with an equal amount of melted coconut oil and apply it to the affected area. To avoid spreading the fungus to other areas, wash your hands immediately after applying.

5. Chemical-Free Mouthwash
There is strong research that backs up the notion that tea tree oil fight germs that may cause tooth decay and bad breath.
One such study found that tea tree oil reduced plaque-causing bacteria better than chlorhexidine, a popular disinfectant and oral rinse. Furthermore, its taste was found to be less objectionable than that of chlorhexidine.

You can easily create your own chemical-free mouthwash by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to warm water, mixing thoroughly, and gargling for about 30 seconds.
* Ingestion of tea tree oil can be toxic. As with other mouthwashes, it should not be swallowed.

6. Fight Acne
Tea tree oil is an effective weapon against acne. Several studies have suggested that it reduces amount and severity of breakouts.
According to one study, applying 5% tea tree gel to acne lesions reduced the number of lesions by more than three times compared to a placebo. It helped reduce severity by nearly six times as well.
What more, tea tree oil was also found to be as effective in treating acne as benzoyl peroxide, which is the most commonly used active ingredient in modern acne medications.
To make your own acne treatment:
Mix one part tea tree oil with nine parts water
Apply the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed.

There are many more uses and benefits for this wondrous essential oil. You can diffuse it, add it to your bath and mix it in your skin care products, just to name a few! Click HERE to purchase your own Vibe Naturals Tea Tree Essential Oil to start reaping its natural benefits!

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