Tea Tree Essential Oil
Melaleuca alternifolia, also known as the Tea Tree plant, is a member of the Myrtle Family and better known to Australians as the “paperbark” tree. The medicinal properties found in the leaf of the plant have been used for thousands of years by indigenous Australians. Tea tree essential oil has several components that are known to have broad spectrum anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Tee tree essential oil is powerful! Proceed with caution, especially if you are prone to touch the areas around your eyes!
Tea Tree essential oil has been used for almost 100 years in Australia but is now available worldwide both as neat oil and as an active component in an array of over-the-counter products, including soaps and lotions. The primary uses of this essential oil have historically capitalized on the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions of the oil.
Melaleuca alternifolia contains a major component known as of terpinen-4-ol. This isomer exhibits strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree essential oil exerts antioxidant activity and has been reported to have broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against bacterial, viral, fungal, and other infections affecting skin and mucosa. Several studies have suggested the use of tea tree essential oil for the treatment of acne vulgaris, seborrheic dermatitis, and chronic gingivitis. It also accelerates the wound healing process and exhibits anti-skin cancer activity.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Country of Origin: Australia
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Wellness Benefit: Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial, Possible immunity booster