Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

"Mommmmm! I need the tea tree!" I can't tell you how many times I've heard that yelled at me while my children were growing up.  

As a farm family, we're very active. And we get lots and lots of cuts and scrapes and bruises. The children learned very early how to wash out any cuts and scrapes with our goat milk soap.

Cleaned out boo-boos are then treated with some of our tea tree lotion before any band-aids are applied. You'd think that the tea tree lotion would stay with the bandaids, but it was used so often that it often ended up elsewhere for me to locate.

Tea Tree essential oil is naturally antibacterial - which is why we used it on our cuts. But before we discuss all the wonderful properties of tea tree essential oil, let's first talk about where it comes from.

Tea Tree Goat Milk Solid Lotion
"I keep it on hand during the summer for fire ant bites. Works great to help calm the itch and heal the bite fast." - Lisa M.

How is Tea Tree Essential Oil Created?

Tea Tree essential oil comes from a plant called Melaleuca alternifolia which is native to Australia, but has been transplanted across the world because of its useful and versatile traits. It is typically described as either a small tree or a tall shrub (averaging between 20-35 feet high) that grows in swampy areas and around streams. Most of its thin, pointy leaves grow towards its top, along with a few yellow or white flowers.

The oil itself does not come from the tea leaves (though that is a common misconception). It is actually steam-distilled from the stems and twigs. Its scent is described as "camphoraceous", which simply translated means it smells distinctly natural and clean.

It is also extremely potent and should be used in moderation, but it has been called the “jack-of-all-trades” when it comes to its healing properties and health benefits.

What is the History of Tea Tree Essential Oil?

Historically, tea tree oil has been used as an antiseptic because it guards the skin against damaging microorganisms. In 1770, Aborigines of Australia introduced Captain Cook to tea tree. They supposedly (according to the internet) told him of its “magical healing powers” and showed him how to apply it to various wounds and sores suffered by his crew.

Almost two centuries later, tea tree oil was administered to WWII soldiers for all kinds of scrapes and burns and infections. It is still widely utilized for treating skin conditions both reactively and preventatively, and has spanned into the worlds of aromatherapy, cleaning products, and fighting mold.

Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap
"I have had 2 areas on my face (Squamous cell carcinoma) removed and have been using the Tea Tree soap and the doctor told me to keep up the good job because the one is already looking good. The lather on the soap is great and it smells clean. Everything I use is great of your products. Bless you! And thanks a million!" - Joyce K.

What are the Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil?

There are many chemical compounds in tea tree oil that may help fight harmful bacteria and fungi that can cause infections, inflammation, and skin problems like acne or athlete's foot. It is estimated to have over 98 such helpful compounds.

Tea Tree oil often acts as nature’s antidote for helping with just about anything, ranging from the common cold to nail inflammation, and from bug bites to bad breath. It has even been believed to boost the immune system by improving blood circulation and forming a protective barrier against diseases.

We won't go into all 98 compounds, but here are a few of the main constituents:

  • Pinene: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, expectorant, bronchodilator
  • Sabinene: antioxidant, anti-microbial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory for skin
  • Myrcene: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic, sedative, anti-mutagenic
  • α-Terpinene: anti-fungal
  • Limonene: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative
  • 1,8-cineole: analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral

You can see how powerful these components have been shown to be.

Benefit #1. Tea tree essential oil can boost the immune system.

Because tea tree behaves as an antibacterial, tea tree aromatherapy can help fight coughs and respiratory infections caused by bacteria. The antimicrobial properties of tea tree can help the skin fight infection from wounds or irritations. And because tea tree is anti-inflammatory, it can help relieve inflammation in the body to improve how your immune system function.

Washing hands with Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap
"I love this soap! It has made a big difference with my psoriasis. And the stick lotion has also helped a lot with the itching. I would highly recommend your products."Linda A.

Benefit #2. Tea tree essential oil can improve the efficacy of cleaning products.

Tea Tree Oil boosts the power of cleaning products. It can help prevent mold from building up on surfaces. It can break down bacteria that causes odor and stains. And it can be another tool in the toolbelt of limiting viral load in the air if diffused.

Benefit #3. Tea tree essential oil can improve mood.

Tea tree can be helpful in reducing stress and fatigue. It can also help improve mental clarity and reduce brain fog.

Benefit #4. Tea tree essential oil can help skin issues.

Your skin is subject to oxidative stress that can cause wrinkles and other skin issues. Because tea tree has antioxidant properties, it can help fight this oxidative stress and aid in cellular repair. And because it is antibacterial, it can help with skin abrasions and cuts. It can also help to aid in the healing of cracked and splitting skin. 

Washing hands with Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap
"I love their soaps. Especially Tea Tree oil soap. Being diabetic I always worry about infections. But this soap is wonderful. I get cuts and immediately wash it with the soap and done."Pam B.

Most of the benefits of Tea tree essential oil are still anecdotal. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health,

A limited amount of research indicates that tea tree oil might be helpful for acne and athlete’s foot. One small study suggests that tea tree oil might help with nail fungus. But overall, the research is insufficient to allow clear conclusions to be reached about the use of tea tree oil for these conditions.

We would love for more extensive and modern testing to be done on the health benefits associated with this powerful essential oil. We have personally found tea tree oil to be greatly beneficial to the Jonas family, and would love to point to more scientific research.

What Goat Milk Products Contain Tea Tree Essential Oil?

Because of the many benefits of tea tee essential oil, it is added to a number of our products.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap. We always recommend our Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap to anyone struggling with Acne, Psoriasis, or Rosacea. Tea tree has been very beneficial for many customers struggling with those three skin conditions. And if you're struggling with any fungal infections, the Tea Tree soap should be your number one choice.

Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap
"I really like the Tea Tree Oil Soap. I have psoriasis, and it has affected my nails. Also, my cuticles were in really raggedy shape from years of cutting and picking. I wash my hands with the Tea Tree soap exclusively now, and they are on the mend! Thank you so much!" - Carla P.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Tea Tree Shampoo Bar. All the shampoo bars are wonderful for naturally caring for your scalp and hair. But we recommend the Tea Tree Shampoo Bar if you are struggling with dandruff or psoriasis in your hair.

Shampoo Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap
"I have been using this same bar shampoo about a year or more. I absolutely swear by it. I love it and bought my son some( no more hair in the drain... premature balding) and my dear friend who just started using after her chemo treatments. EXCELLENT RESULTS!!! LOVE all your soaps, especially Tea Tree bar shampoo!!!"Cinda N.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Tea Tree Solid Goat Milk Lotion. As I mentioned earlier - at the Jonas house, scrapes, cuts, and burns are all treated with the Tea Tree Lotion to help prevent an infection from developing. Any fungal infections like athletes foot are also treated with the Tea Tree Lotion.

Tea Tree Goat Milk Solid Lotion
"It’s easy to use. It leaves my skin soft and smooth. I like the Tea Tree scent."Jane B.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Citrus Tea Natural Deodorant. This is our original deodorant. There is tea tree in the Citrus Tea Deodorant because it helps to fight odor-causing bacteria that can lead to body odor.

Citrus Tea Goat Milk Natural Deodorant
"I love the GMS Citrus Tea deodorant. The scent is so fresh. I can hardly believe it works with just dabbing it on. To get away from aluminum based antiperspirants is very freeing. One less toxic chemical in the system! Yay! Thank you GMS. You're changing lives for the better." - Christine J.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Citrus Tea Liquid Soap. The same essential oil blend is available in the Citrus Tea Liquid Soap which is excellent to help in the fight against germs that might make you or your family sick.

Citrus Tea Liquid Goat Milk Soap
"I love the Goat Milk Stuff Hand Soap! I tried the Citrus Tea Hand Soap because I was having an allergic reaction to the hand sanitizers I had been using since COVID began. I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed an ointment which did not work. I did research and found Goat Milk Stuff's website. The website had a tremendous amount of information which prompted me to try their products. I was pleasantly surprised to see my hands cleared up by using the Goat Milk Stuff Hand Soap. I highly recommend trying their products.... you won't be disappointed!" - Karen S.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Dish Washing Soap. The tea tree essential oil can help fight bacteria and makes the Dish Washing Soap excellent at getting your dishes sparkly clean.

PJ washing dishes with Goat Milk Dish Washing Soap
"I LOVE this dishwashing soap. I don't have a dishwasher so do all my dishes by hand and my hands take a beating, I don't love wearing gloves. After only a week of use my hands are softer, no cracking or dryness, I don't even need lotion often. I just subscribed to receive a few bars a month so hopefully don't run out! Thanks for the wonderful product and service!!"Carol W.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Tea Tree Luffa. Jim uses the Tea Tree Luffa head to toe. He struggles with dandruff and athletes foot and the tea tree is very powerful at keeping his scalp healthy and dandruff-free. It has also kept Jim free from athletes foot or other fungal infections for years now.

Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap Luffa
"I’m a new customer and one of my first purchases included the Luffa Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap. Loved it so much that I ordered a second bar. I find it invigorating and refreshing. Thank you!" - Maryann C.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Tea Tree Milk Bath. If you need a good overall body soak, adding the Tea Tree Milk Bath to your bath water can cover you head to toe in the powerful properties of tea tree oil.

Tea Tree Goat Milk Bath
"Living in a desert my skin is so dry. Finding this Tea Tree Goat Milk Bath has been absolutely heaven sent. I love that I can get it year round. Thank you so much" - Marcia C.

Tea tree essential oil is added to the Laundry Stain Stick. The stain sticks have gotten out everything I've tried - tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, blackberry juice, blood stains, and grass stains. Each Laundry Stain Stick has lots of tea tree and orange essential oils added to help break down food and oil stains.

Goat Milk Stain Stick
"I bought a Laundry Stain Stick some time ago, put it in the cupboard and forgot about it. A few months ago, my favorite workout shirt got stained with a base makeup/sweat combo. I've had this happen before and have never succeeded in getting this particular stain out of shirts. I tried everything - probably bought five different stain sprays - nothing worked. I was considering throwing the shirt away and remembered the stain stick in the cupboard. The stain was gone on the first try! Amazing product. Thanks for saving my favorite shirt. I'm tossing all of the other stain products. I'm a convert!" - Donna C.

Is Tea Tree Essential Oil Safe to Ingest?

Absolutely not! Per WebMD:

When taken by mouth: Tea tree oil is likely unsafe; don't take tea tree oil by mouth. Taking tree tea oil by mouth has caused serious side effects, including confusion, inability to walk, unsteadiness, rash, and coma. 

Is Tea Tree Essential Oil Safe to Use on Your Skin?

Essential oils are very strong and should never be used undiluted on your skin. We are very careful with your goat milk soap to use an amount that is beneficial, but safe for your skin. Allergic reactions to tea tree essential oil are rare, but please watch for any reaction when using tea tree products. 

In addition, please be aware that tea tree oil is supposed to be harmful for pets so do not let them ingest any of the products containing Tea Tree essential oil.

At Goat Milk Stuff, our purpose is to bring you joy through the goodness of goat milk. We know that healthy skin is happy skin and we want to enable you to find the joy that healthy skin can bring. Goat milk soap is great for keeping your skin healthy and happy and tea tree essential oil adds to those wonderful qualities. 

We hope the benefits of tea tree essential oil make a huge difference for your skin!

PJ & Crew

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