Tea tree oil (TTO), or melaleuca oil, is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear. Tea tree oil has been claimed to be useful for treating a wide variety of medical conditions. It shows some promise as an antimicrobial. Tea tree oil is derived from Melaleuca Alternifolia and has been used for decades as an antiseptic and can help to fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) Tea tree oil is widely accepted and used by most natural healthcare practitioners and aroma therapists. Tea tree oil also helps fight acne, treat lice and provide relief from skin inflammations and rashes. Tea tree oil can also be used as a makeup remover and helps in fighting foot odour and remove toenail fungus.
Tea tree oil has been long valued for its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. In the 1920s, it was used in dentistry and surgery to clean wounds and prevent infections.
There are over 100 components in tea tree oil, but it is mostly made up of terpene hydrocarbons: monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and their alcohols, Light, heat, exposure to air, and moisture can affect TTO's stability, so make sure to place it in an airtight container and store it in a dark, cool and dry place.
The chemicals in tea tree oil may kill bacteria and fungus and reduce allergic skin reactions. Experts believe the most beneficial component of tea tree oil is its high terpene content. It is known to treat Acne, Fungal and bacterial infections.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil:
How to apply Tea Tree Oil on skin:
Apply to skin once or twice a day with a cotton swab.