Tea Tree Essential Oil is extracted from the leaves of the Tea Tree plant (Melaleuca alternifolia), native to Australia. Tea tree has a sharp, strong and fresh scent that will be familiar to many people. The tea tree plant was named by eighteenth-century sailors, who made a tea with a scent similar to nutmeg from the leaves of the plant. It is entirely unrelated to the tea plant used to make common green and black teas.
Tea tree essential oil has been proven to have powerful anti-microbial and cleansing properties. Its traditional uses include treating acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, lice and bad breath. To aid in the treatment of acne, add a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil to your skincare routine, helping to reduce inflammation and cleansing the skin. Applying tea tree essential oil to athlete’s foot can relieve symptoms and help to clear the infection.