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Living the Oily Life

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another main stay in my oil arsenal. Tea tree or melaleuca is known for its cleansing and purifying properties. The plant tea tree oil is derived from is found in Australia. Aboriginal people would apply the leaves of the plant directly to their skin to help cool it in the scorching sun. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant and for purposes of collection steam and pressure distillation are used to gather the oil. This oil is used world wide in everything from cleaning, to hair and skin care.

Having issues finding a toner that works well on your skin? Look no further than tea tree oil. Dab some on a cotton call and swipe along your skin or add a drop or 2 to your current toner. It will help your skin look clean, toned and healthy. Also dabbing some oil on skin that is irritated will help soothe it without having to use harsh chemicals. In addition dabbing a bit on your finger and toe nail after bathing helps the nails looking and feeling healthy.

Cleansing the air and home surfaces is just a few drops of tea tree oil away. Diffuse a few drops of oil to freshen and purify a room. Add with some lemon, eucalyptus and peppermint oil for an amazing blend that will rejuvenate and awaken your senses. To cleanse surfaces add a few drops of oil to a glass or metal spray bottle with water and wipe down frequently touched surfaces. This combo also helps protect against environmental and seasonal threats.

Young children starting school can benefit from this oil by adding a few drops to their shampoo to help ward off the creepy crawlies of lice. Yuck. It is also good to use clean, purify and rejuvenate hair. Mix it with rosemary, peppermint and lavender to help see less hair in the tub and on your brush.

As a note essential oils should be held in natural containers such as glass or metal as they will break down non-natural materials like plastic or styrofoam.

Happy oiling!


About the Author:

Angela Ammon identifies closely with kitchen and hedge witchery, but adores oils, crystals, candle magic and reading anything she can on Wicca and Pagan paths. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up food or treats for those she loves (food is love) or playing in the dirt in her garden with plants with Wiccan roots. Angela is drawn toward Celtic practices and has many Celtic based Wiccan

tattoos. It took almost 30 years to figure out why none of the religions she had studied growing up in a very religiously diverse family didn’t click, but when it did everything made sense. Turning an old cedar chest into her alter on top and her storage for candles, herbs, tarot and oracle cards inside her journey started. Reconnecting with many people growing up she realized there were more people in her life growing up that had beliefs based in Wicca than she realized and her circle started to grow. Angela is the social media coordinator for PaganPagesOrg and is beyond excited to get to know more about other paths and provide insight from her own path.