Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Tea Tree Oil is probably one of the more well-known and popular essential oils. You may find it labeled as Melaleuca Oil. It can be found in a wide range of products from skin care, face washes, massage oils, deodorant, shampoo to household cleaning products. It is an ingredient selected for our Purifier PLUS Rejuvenating Hand Sanitizer and Conditioner. Tea Tree Oil is one of nature’s most potent antiseptics used to kill germs, fight infections and soothe skin irritation. We love its disinfecting power and pure, fresh, herbaceous, minty clean aroma it adds to Purifier PLUS.
Sourced out of Australia,Tea Tree Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the Tea Tree, more like a shrub than a tree. Tea Tree leaves have been used for centuries by the aborigines to heal cuts, wounds and skin infections.
This oil is known for its strong, yet gentle to the skin, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Dr. Axe shares the chemistry of this oil - “Tea tree’s primary active ingredients include terpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. It is these compounds that give tea tree its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity. There are actually over 100 different chemical components of tea tree oil — terpinen-4-ol and alpha-terpineol are the most active — and various ranges of concentrations. The volatile hydrocarbons found in the oil are considered aromatic and capable of traveling through air, pores of the skin and mucus membranes. That’s why tea tree oil is commonly used aromatically and topically to kill germs, fight infections and soothe skin conditions.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1360273/.
Benefits for YOU:
- May help soothe skin inflammation like dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema.
- Can help reduce itching, irritation, redness.
- Natural astringent and may help treat acne-prone skin.
- Can ease dry flaking skin issues like dandruff.
- It’s a great natural cleaner and odor neutralizer.
- Shown to assist in healing minor wounds.
Tea Tree Oil is a natural alternative to medications and harsh chemicals found in many cosmetic skin care products. Want to learn more? See the article by Dr. Axe in the resource area below for more scientific studies on Tea Tree Oil and some DIY remedies you can try at home.
Tea Tree’s emotional reminder is that we are all inherently strong. With so many germs floating around these days, this natural powerhouse can certainly support us in keeping our bodies healthy and strong.
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Written by Rebecca Adams, Co-founder of My Alchemy Skin Care, Cancer Survivor