Disclaimer: I received a 4 oz bottle of Tea Tree essential oil from in exchange for promotion and an honest review. Also, am not a doctor or health professional and make no medical claims about this product. I am simply relaying my family's experiences using tea tree essential oils. All opinions are my own.
First I have to tell you that I am a long time fan of essential oils. With anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is one of our favorite home-remedies for all sorts of skin ailments. For years we have applied it literally from head to toe, to help with everything from cradle cap to athletes foot. So when the opportunity to review Apothecary Extract's 100% Pure Tea tree oil in exchange for a sample came up, I jumped at it.
If you are new to Tea tree oil, the powerful scent, sometimes described as medicinal, might surprise you. Folks seem to love or hate it. In our house, my son and I like the smell but my husband does not. I have found that when he will be exposed to it, it is best to blend the tea tree with other essential oils, such as lavender or lemon. This changes the odor to one that he finds more appealing.
Upon opening my 4 oz bottle, I noticed that the Apothecary Extract's product had a stronger scent than other brands of tea tree oil that I have used before. (I've read that the scent can fade over time, even in the bottle, and this makes me wonder about the age/strength of some other oils I have used in the past.)
If you decide to incorporate Tea Tree oil into your home, please do not ingest it. It is for external use only. Also, test a tiny dab on your skin to make sure you do not have a negative reaction. It will most likely leave a tingling feeling but should not cause a burning sensation or rash. Some people are allergic or sensitive to it, so best to test in an inconspicuous spot. Essential oils are potent and little really does go a long way. Small amounts will be added to a carrier of some kind such as neutral oils (like almond or coconut), an astringent (like witch hazel or vinegar) or even distilled water. These mixtures are what you will be working with.
My free sample also included an ebook loaded with info about tea tree oil, as well as 53 recipes for health and home. The first thing I made with my sample was a simple recipe to soothe aching muscles:
Add 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil and Epsom Salts to a tub of very hot water. (Then soak. Easy Peasy.)
I had been gardening earlier, so this seemed like a brilliant idea! I was bit worried about hubby's reaction to any lingering scent, so I also added a couple of drops of lavender oil to the water. I then enjoyed a relaxing soak. As an added bonus, the steam opened up my sinuses, relieving a lingering head cold for a time.
This didn't even make a dent in bottle, leaving plenty of oil for upcoming bath and home projects. First up will be a shampoo. We have used both Paul Mitchell and Trader Joe tea tree shampoos and I can't wait to make my own. I am also looking forward to testing the Minty Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste recipe.
Then I will tackle the truly intimidating hurdle: improving my son's funky gym shoes and stinky feet! Eek! Some home-made shoe powder, soap and foot balm recipes found online will be put to the toughest test. I will be sure to share (or debunk) these and other projects on upcoming Tutorial Tuesdays. Be sure to pop back and check them out.
Curious to try tea tree essential oil at your house? I confidently recommend the Apothecary Extracts brand. If you would like a copy of the ebook too, you can order both from Amazon.com at this link.