At Desert Essence, we harness Mother Nature’s botanical wonders to power our formulas. One of our go-to ingredients and all-time favorite pure essential oils is the one-and-only tea tree oil. Derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, tea tree oil is beloved for its cleansing, clarifying and antiseptic properties. In this guide, we’ll unpack how you can incorporate tea tree oil into your care routine for replenishing results.
Exploring the Versatile Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
What is tea tree oil good for, and why is it such a botanical wonder? First and foremost, tea tree oil is a powerful cleanser, which makes it a go-to in both personal and household care. In beauty, it’s a minimalist’s dream of an essential oil for cleansing and clarifying the face, skin and scalp — that’s why you’ll always find it stocked in our bathroom cabinets.
What Is Tea Tree Oil Made Of?
We steam distill leaves of the tea tree plant to produce our tea tree oils, using no chemicals in the process. When you consider tea tree oils to use, some compounds that you might want to keep in mind are terpinen-4 for potency and cineole for irritation. Desert Essence tea tree oils contain high levels of terpinen-4 (38% or more) and low levels of cineole (3% or less) for effective yet gentle products.
How to Use Pure Tea Tree Oil
At Desert Essence, we steam-distill our tea tree oil without using any chemicals. You can choose from three types of pure tea tree oils: Desert Essence 100% Australian Tea Tree Oil, Desert Essence Eco-Harvest Tea Tree Oil and Desert Essence Organic Tea Tree Oil. You should always dilute these before using them on your body — apply 1 or 2 drops to a wet cotton pad for skin, or mix in 1 to 2 drops to your shampoo for hair. To skip dilution, you can also find plenty of ready-to-use tea tree oil blends and treatments from Desert Essence.
Now that you know more about how tea tree oil is made and how to use it, let’s get to the good part. Without further ado, here are ways in which you can harness tea tree oil’s botanical powers to boost your self-care routine.
1. Soothing Bug Bites With Tea Tree Oil
Because of its antiseptic properties, tea tree oil can help soothe bug bites. If you’re out and about where bugs may be lurking, we recommend packing along Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Relief Spray. Infused with cleansing tea tree oil and calming chamomile, it’s an essential for those warm-weather beach and camping trips.
Tea tree oil may also be a potent insect repellent. When ants and other pests appear, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to a spray bottle full of water and spritz the solution at various points of entry in your home.
2. Unveiling the Power of Tea Tree Oil for Blemish Control
Tea tree oil is renowned for its inherently cleansing and antiseptic properties, which can make it a go-to for blemish and oil control. Those with oil-prone skin can reach for Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Tea Tree Oil Face Wash or Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleansing Pads, which gently remove oil and other impurities without drying out the face.
3. Boosting Oral Care With Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can also be a potent ingredient in oral care. In formulas such as Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Mouthwash and Tea Tree Oil Mint Toothpaste, tea tree oil helps combat buildup and cavity-forming sugar acids.
4. Unlocking the Potential of Tea Tree Oil for Nail Care
Is tea tree oil good for nails? Indeed, tea tree oil can be a botanical powerhouse for supporting nails. Thanks to its antiseptic properties, it can soothe damaged cuticles. You can pamper your nails with both an ointment and a hand wash. Along with cleansing tea tree oil, Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Skin Ointment also harnesses the nourishing, hydrating properties of jojoba and sweet almond oils. When washing your hands and nails, gently cleanse with Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Liquid Castile Soap, which will leave you feeling luxurious and moisturized.
5. Soothing Sunburn Irritation With Tea Tree Oil
A versatile go-to for skin, tea tree oil can offer relief when it comes to the irritation and itchiness associated with sunburns. For gentle nourishment, Desert Essence Manuka Oil & Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar is perfect for revitalizing sensitive skin. You can also apply a little aloe vera to soothe sunburned skin.
6. Clarifying Hair With Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil’s clarifying power is perfect for reducing oil and removing product buildup in your hair. To give your mane a refresh, add a drop or two of tea tree oil into a shampoo of your choice. For a botanically cleansing shampoo and conditioner duo, we also love Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner. Both formulas gently soothe the scalp and help reduce flakes.
Tea tree oil, whether in its pure form or infused into a botanical formula, is a nourishing and versatile ingredient for self care. To harness its cleansing and clarifying properties, browse Desert Essence’s Tea Tree Oil collection.