Making Tea Tree Oil at Home
Making tea tree oil at home is a relatively easy process. Tea tree oil has many uses in holistic health, including being an antiseptic, antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral agent.
Ingredients and Supplies
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon of dried Melaleuca Alternifolia leaves
- A stainless-steel or enamel-covered pot
- Glass bottle or jar
- Ethanol or vodka
- In a stainless-steel or enamel-covered pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of dried Melaleuca Alternifolia leaves.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain the liquid using a cheesecloth, and discard the leaves.
- Transfer the liquid to a glass bottle or jar and let cool.
- Add a small amount of ethanol or vodka, approximately 2 teaspoons per 1 cup of liquid.
- The oil is ready to be used.
The ethanol or vodka is used as preservative and helps the tea tree oil last longer. Store the tea tree oil in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. Use within 6-9 months for best results.