ABOUT - Tea Tree Essential Oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. Historically, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea, which is how tea tree oil got its name. The part used medicinally is the oil from the leaves.
BOTANICAL NAME - Melaleuca alternifolia
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN - Australia
MAIN COMPONENTS -
EXTRACTION METHOD - Steam Distillation
PLANT PART - Leaves
AROMA - Medicinal, clean, fresh, and camphorous
CONSISTENCY - Thin
COLOR - Clear
BLENDS WELL WITH - Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram and Rosemary.
- FIGHT ACNE AND OTHER SKIN CONDITIONS - Due to tea tree oil’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it has potential to work as a natural remedy for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
- IMPROVE DRY SCALP - Research suggests that tea tree oil is able to improve symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis, which is a common skin condition that causes scaly patches on the scalp and dandruff. It’s also reported to help alleviate contact dermatitis symptoms.
- SOOTHE SKIN IRRITATIONS - Although the research on this is limited, tea tree oil’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties may make it a useful tool for soothing skin irritations and wounds. There is some evidence from a pilot study that after being treated with tea tree oil, patient wounds had begun to heal and reduced in size. And there have been case studies that show tea tree oil’s ability to treat infected chronic wounds.
- FIGHT BACTERIAL, FUNGAL AND VIRAL INFECTIONS - According to a scientific review on tea tree that’s published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews, data clearly shows the broad-spectrum activity of tea tree oil due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This means, in theory, that tea tree oil can be used to fight a number of infections, from MRSA to athlete’s foot. Researchers are still evaluating these tea tree benefits, but they have been shown in some human studies, lab studies and anecdotal reports.
- RELIEVE CONGESTION AND RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS - Very early in its history, the leaves of the malaleuca plant were crushed and inhaled to treat coughs and colds. Traditionally, the leaves were also soaked to make an infusion that was used to treat sore throats.