Monday, August 15, 2016

Tea Tree Essential Oil by Brooklyn Botany (Review)

Tea Tree Essential Oil is used daily in our home for various homemade cleaning products,  bath and skin care, diffused in the air (to clean the air and assist with breathing when someone is sick and congested), and also in our homemade cloth baby wipe solution.   I have reviewed many brands in the past and have another for you today. 
Brooklyn Botany's Ultra Pure Tea Tree Oil is steam distilled, with no fillers, and is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia.  It is 100% pure, therapeutic grade Tea Tree Oil with 45% terpinen-4-ol.  It arrived safely packaged and comes in a dark amber glass bottle.  It has a very strong fragrance, typical of tea tree oil.  I am not fond of the way tea tree smells, however I have long been a user of this oil due to its many beneficial qualities.  It is antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti fungal and heals many varieties of skin conditions.  We like using it to prevent and heal rashes and irritation on the skin, specifically diaper rash.  

I mix tea tree with water, aloe vera, jojoba oil, castile soap, fractionated coconut oil and rose water and use it in our wipes warmer with cotton bamboo baby wash clothes that we use as baby bottom wipes (we cloth diaper).  The tea  tree is fantastic for keeping skin healthy and keeps the water and wipes fresh.  I did not find this particular brand to be any better than others I have tried, however I find it works well and I like it so far.  I use about 4-6 drops in a  large Nalgene bottle filled with my solution, then pour the entire mixture over folded clean wipes (while they are in the warmer).

Please note that you must always use a carrier oil when using tea tree with your skin.  I use fractionated coconut oil and either jojoba, sweet almond, rose hip, or organ oil (whatever I have easily on hand.)

Other uses for tea tree are for acne.  I have used a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with aloe vera (pure, without additives or colors) and bentonite clay or charcoal to use as a face mask.  Using tea tree helps speed up the process of healing.  Tea tree also can assist with dry and irritated scalp or dandruff.  Try adding a few drops to your shampoo.  We use sulfate free shampoos, but often add a few drops of tea tree.  

Since we do not use dryer sheets or fabric softener, I like to add a few drops of tea tree to our wool dryer balls (about 1 drop or 2 per ball).  As seen we use many dryer balls so not every one has oil on it.  I only add oil to the balls that have the brown heart on them (easier to keep track).  Too much oil can make your clothes have oil spots or may damage your machine, do this at your own risk. :) 

This tea tree oil is available on Amazon and is reasonably priced.  I was sent a sample bottle complimentary for this review.  I have used this every day for a month.  With 2 of my 3 children in diapers, I go through 3 wipes containers per day (cloth wipes) so I use this in my solution frequently. 

This is my honest opinion of this particular product.  As mentioned above, I have tried various brands  of tea tree oil, and this one is on par with the others I have tried.  I have been fortunate to have experienced good brands of tea tree so far.  

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