Tea tree oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree 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.
I must admit that it is not the best smelling oil! It is so versatile and effective for a wide range of ailments that you get used to it after a while 🙂
What are the properties of this oil? Anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, immune-stimulant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.
Quite impressive, no?
I am using Tea Tree Oil for sore throat, cough, beginning of colds, when I don’t feel well, toothache, insect bites, blisters, any rash on my skin, cold sore, and put everyday a drop on my toothpaste (I use a toothpaste without any fluoride).
Here is a list of other uses: acne, Athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, bronchitis, burns, candida, inflammation, fungal infections, moles, respiratory infections, gum disease, rash, sunburn, tonsillitis, viral infections, warts and wounds, insect bites, blisters.
If you have some sensitive skin or allergies, you should test Tea Tree Oil by applying a small amount to the inner arm. Any allergic reaction or irritation will manifest within a few minutes.
I recommend that you dilute the oil with olive oil or water depending on the use.