Friday, September 19, 2014

Lemon Tea Tree All-Purpose Cleaner [Review]

When I first began on the natural and eco-friendly path, Tea Tree Oil was my first purchase. Tea Tree Oil is one of those essential oils that you hear a lot about because of its many uses. Initially, I bought Tea Tree Oil to make my own cleaning products. Since then, I have been using Tea Tree Oil for other uses like laundry and homemade toothpaste. Apothecary Extracts Australian Tea Tree Oil is tested to be pure and potent.

Tea Tree Oil        ($24.99, 4oz)
Rating: total green check marks out of 5.

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Pure and potent

Chromatography tested


Apothecary Extracts Australian Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) comes in a 4 ounce bottle, which will last you over one year with regular use. The value of essential oils is that a little goes a long way. For example, to make a bottle of homemade all-purpose cleaner, you need 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil. I also started adding about 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil to really smelly (moldy) laundry and stinky (ammonia) cloth diapers. The cost of pure and potent essential oils might seem high, but the point that you only need a little at a time and that you will be using the product for a long time are two points that support the investment.

Let's talk a little bit more about the purity of Australian Tea Tree Oil. The purity of essential oils is a current debate in the world of essential oils. Apothecary Extracts tests to prove the purity and potency of their Australian Tea Tree Oil.

The Australian standards require that the oil of Melaleuca alternifolia must be composed of less than 15 cineole and over 30 terpinen-4-ol. The Gas Chromatography reports show that Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil is not only compliant with these regulations, but surpasses them. Apothecary Extracts is composed of less than 5 cineole and over 35 terpinen-4-ol which qualifies for Pharmaceutical Grade as established by the Australian Tea Tree Oil Industry Association. It is 100% pure. No fillers, additives, bases or carriers added.

A lot of companies that offer cheaper essential oils will dilute them to reduce the cost. Remember that you are paying for what you get. Cheaper is not always better. You will use up diluted oils fasted and will have to repurchase on a more frequent basis.

Tea Tree Oil is a great essential oil to have in your cabinet and is a great first investment essential oil. Here is some information about Apothecary Extracts Australian Tea Tree Oil.

Package: Packaged in dark amber glass bottle with euro style dropper.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Origin: Australia
Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid.
Aromatic Scent: Tee Tree Essential Oil has a fresh, antiseptic and medicinal scent. It also has characteristic mint and spice back-notes.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme.

Tea Tree Oil has strong antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiprotozoal effects. Here are some of the most common uses for Tee Tree Oil:

  • Household cleaning (disinfecting)
  • Skin care (antiseptic)
  • Hair care (antiseptic)
  • Aromatherapy (lowers stress levels)
  • Medicinal (antibacterial, inhalation, wound treatment)

One of my favorite uses of Tea Tree Oil is to make my Lemon Tea Tree All-Purpose Cleaner.

Lemon Tea Tree All-Purpose Cleaner

1 cup of water
1 cup of vinegar
4 tbsp lemon juice
30 drops of Australian Tea Tree Oil

Directions: Mix together in a spray bottle, shake and use. Shake before each use.

Disclaimer: Tea Tree Oil can be a skin irritant. Avoid getting Tea Tree Oil on your hands/eyes/mouth/etc. and avoid spraying the cleaner near or into face.

Tea Tree Oil is not only effective as an ingredient in cleaning and body products, but also has strong medicinal properties. I read that for centuries, Australian Aborigines have been inhaling Tea Tree Oil to treat the common cold. I will try this when I am sick next time. The purity and potency of Apothecary Extracts Australian Tea Tree Oil is evident as soon as you open the bottle and take a whiff.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Information about the product and its uses was obtain from the company website. I am not a medical professional. These statement have not been evaluated by the FDA. All opinions are my own.

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