Essential Oil Spotlight: Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is one of the most well-known essential oils, and for good reason. The list of benefits of tea tree oil are vast and its history is just as interesting.

Native to Australia, Aborigines would use crushed leaves of the tea tree as a poultice for infected wounds and skin problems. Soon, British explorer Captain James Cook caught wind of this novel treatment after reaching the eastern coastline of Australia in 1770.

He brought the oil back with him to Europe but it wasn’t until after World War I that people began to study the tea tree seriously. Tea Tree is now the most scientifically studied essential oil and is a mainstay in holistic practices and everyday use. 

Check out these great practical uses for tea tree oil:

If your face is breaking out, don’t panic. Apply a drop of tea tree oil directly on blemishes three to four times a day to improve the appearance of the spot. Tea tree helps to both cleanse and calm, two things that are ideal for breakouts. Instead of using harsh chemicals, try out this natural spot treatment. You will be able to face the world again in no time. 

Cool Down Pets
Does your furry friend have hot spots? Help him out by adding a drop or two of tea tree oil on the affected areas. Pets might not like the smell, but tea tree oil is a great way to ease their discomfort.

Bug Bites
Take the sting out of bug bites with the soothing effect of tea tree oil. Just add a drop to the insect bite and feel the relief!

Post Mani/Pedi Treatment
Mix a few drops of tea tree essential oil with unscented hand and foot lotion to keep your nail beds clean, healthy and hydrated. 

Rest and Relax
Tea tree oil has a strong, but clean, camphor-like smell. When mixed with other essential oils, it can provide a restful and relaxing experience. Try blending with oils like lavender, peppermint, rosemary, pine, clove or nutmeg.

Source Vitál’s 100% Pure & Natural Tea Tree Essential Oil is free of any chemicals, pesticides and synthetic perfumes. That means you can get the most out of an already helpful product.

How do you use tea tree oil? Comment below with your tips and tricks!

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