Updated: May 20
Tea Tree essential oil is well-loved by a bunch of people! I love it too as it has a bunch of very beneficial properties. Read on to find out how Tea Tree Essential Oil can benefit your skin and enhance your well-being.
Tea Tree Oil, the basics
Tea Tree Essential Oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, a small tree or a shrub native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. It grows along streams, near lakes or on swamp flatlands. It has papery bark and flowers that occur in white or cream-coloured masses mostly in spring to early summer, and give the tree an appearance of fluffiness. I had the opportunity to see Tea Tree in its native Australia and indeed, it is a lovely plant! I also experienced the soothing power of the oil after being stung by masses of Portuguese Man O'Wars when surfing near Byron Bay! Luckily, there was a small lake nearby, surrounded by Tea Trees infusing water with the amazing oil! Water was brown but had the most refreshing scent and helped get rid of itchiness and burning sensation.
Tea Tree leaves and oil have been used for centuries by native Australians to treat coughs and colds and as antiseptic.
High quality, unoxidized Tea Tree Essential Oil presents a very low risk and is generally recognised as safe, even in people with compromised skin, at a concentration of up to 10%.
Tea Tree Oil properties
Tea Tree Essential Oil is perhaps most well known for its antiseptic properties. It contains several compounds that have been shown to have a direct action against all three forms of harmful microorganisms - bacteria, virus and fungi.
Thanks to its antiseptic properties Tea Tree Oil is an excellent ingredient to be included in anti-acne products. Several studies have shown a reduction in the severity of acne when using products containing Tea Tree Essential Oil. It can also help reduce the time needed for wound healing, another great property to help you fight acne or one-off spots.
Fear not, Tea Tree Essential Oil can benefit all skin types, not just oily and acne-prone skin. Thanks to anti-inflammatory compounds, like terpinene-4-ol, present in the oil it can help relieve outbreaks of red, itchy skin and soothe inflammation, making it a great oil for irritated and allergy-prone skin. It also has rejuvenating properties.
What else can Tea Tree Essential Oil help you with? It can help treat Athlete's foot, nail fungal infections and dandruff (think anti-fungal properties). It can help keep your house and hands clean, just include it in homemade cleaning products.
It can be a beneficial ingredient in natural mouth-wash, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action.
Don't forget to include Tea Tree Essential Oil in your first-aid kit as it can help speed up the healing of minor cuts, grazes, and wounds.