Tuesday, June 30, 2015

5 Tea Tree Oil Recipes for Beauty & Health + Scential Health Review

Melaleuca alternifolia is a tree native to Australia and is also the same tree used to create Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is a popular essential oil, especially among Australians.

Since ancient times, Tea Tree Oil has been used by Australian aboriginals as a "cure-all." The health benefits may be attributed to its numerous properties, including antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antimicrobial, among others. Tea Tree Oil is a staple in medicine cabinets across Australia. It should be noted, however, that Tea Tree Oil is poisonous when ingested and should only be used topically!

Tea Tree Oil is extracted through steam distillation of the twigs and leaves of the Tea Tree—not the same plant used to create tea or tea oil.

For my opinion regarding Scential Health's Tea Tree Oil, please read on. Towards the end of this post, you will also find five recipes for Tea Tree Oil.

* Product and/or service provided for review without cost. As always, all opinions are my own.

Scential Health's Tea Tree Oil comes in a 15mL (.5 oz) glass amber bottle featuring a Euro-Style dropper cap. This is not the typical glass eyedropper than other essential oil companies feature on their bottles. The cap, as mentioned in previous essential oil posts, seal in the oil while also allowing for easy dispensing.

Scential Health's oils contain no fillers, bases, additives, or carrier oils and are listed as 100% pure. To learn more about Scential Health's extraction methods, please visit their website.

Scential Health Tea Tree Oil Review

I have quite a bit of experience with Tea Tree Oil. I am familiar with the fragrance and viscosity, and have used several different brands in the past.

With that said, my first impression of Scential Health Tea Tree Oil was unfortunately not a positive one.

Upon opening the vial, I was a bit confused about the odor. Tea Tree Oil, from my experience, should have an earthy scent, slightly camphorous, that is strong but not unpleasant. It's somewhat woodsy, in my opinion, with a hint of pine. Scential Health's Tea Tree Oil, however, did not smell anything like that.

Like Scential Health's Cypress Oil that I reviewed several months ago, there was an overwhelming solvent odor. The fragrance seemed synthetic when compared to the other Tea Tree Oils that I own.

One difference that I did note, however, is that Scential Health's Tea Tree Oil is "100% Pure Therapeutic Grade," whereas the other brand used for comparison is labeled as "100% Pharmaceutical Grade." I'm not sure if that is where the difference lies, but I must say, the difference was significant.

Despite this, I like to thoroughly review any products that I receive, so I decided to create a cuticle treatment using Scential Health's Tea Tree Oil. I created a simple recipe (found towards the end of this post) using jojoba oil, avocado oil, lavender oil, and tea tree oil. Fortunately for me, there was a positive difference after using the cuticle treatment for several days. With that said, it seems that the scent of Scential Health's Tea Tree Oil does not necessarily render it useless.

Overall, I believe Scential Health's Tea Tree Oil to be effective, but not necessarily pharmaceutical grade—but Scential Health Oils do not claim it to be such.

Purchase Tea Tree Oil from Scential Health.

Tea Tree Oil Recipes

Skin Treatment

In a small glass container, add 50 drops of Witch Hazel. Blend with several drops of Tea Tree Oil and shake vigorously. Apply to the skin once or twice per day, but no more, using a cotton swab.

Avoid using more than twice a day, as Tea Tree Oil can dry out the skin. This has the potential to lead to increased oil production which can cause additional skin issues. Also, avoid long stints in the sun, as Tea Tree Oil can make you more sensitive to the sun's rays.

Makeup Remover

To remove makeup with ease, mix 1/4 cup of fractionated coconut oil with 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Store in a cool, dark area, such as a kitchen cupboard. To use, apply the oil to the skin with a cotton swab to remove makeup. Rinse with warm water and a mild soap. Follow up with an all-natural toner, such as Elrique Naturals Moroccan Rose Water Toner

Cuticle Treatment

Moisturize dry, cracked cuticles using Tea Tree Oil and several other oils. Add 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, 1 tablespoon avocado oil, 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil, and 10 drops of Lavender Oil into a small amber container.

Apply directly to the cuticle using a cotton swab and then massage in with your fingers. Use this treatment daily to soften cuticles, prevent splitting, and keep them moisturized.

Earache Remedy

Place a cup of rice into a clean sock. Sew along the edge of the rice in the sock to keep the rice from coming out. Microwave in 10 second intervals until the sock is warm to the touch. Add a drop of Tea Tree Oil to the sock and place the warm sock over the ear.

Wart Remover

Dilute Tea Tree Oil with fractionated coconut oil and place a drop directly onto the wart. Cover the wart with a bandage. Wash hands afterward. Apply twice daily.

At the time of this post, Scential Health Tea Tree Oil is on sale for $7.95. The list price is $12.95. Prices are subject to change. To purchase Tea Tree Oil, head on over to Scential Health's Amazon Page.

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