Tea tree oil is a volatile oil derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree through steam distillation. It has the fragrance of fresh camphor and is considered to be one of the most valuable oils alone or in any essential oil kit.
The oil is known for fighting bacterial, fungal, and viral infections while boosting the body’s immunity. It’s also useful for treating wounds, thanks to its potent antiseptic properties.
It’s antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory nature make it a perfect natural remedy for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It can even be used to treat infected chronic wounds.
Other potential health benefits of tea tree oil are:
- Treating congestion and respiratory tract infections
- Treating head lice
- Soothing aching and tired muscles
- Gets rid of cold sores, dandruff, and athletes foot
- Serves as a natural bad breath remedy
Tea tree oil is extensively used in homemade cleaning products, household and cosmetic products like shampoos, oils, skin and nail creams, and laundry detergents.
Precaution: Tea tree oil is not toxic but isn’t safe for internal consumption. That means if you’re making a mouthwash or adding it to your toothpaste, just remember to spit it out and rinse before swallowing. Keep the oil away from the eyes and nasal mucous membranes as it can be irritating. Lastly, it is not advisable to use this oil on severe cuts.
It’s, however, safe to add tea tree oil to your favorite diffuser, bath or blend with carrier oils for a relaxing and therapeutic experience.