Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has a rich history of use as a balm for wound healing. It has been used for centuries as a local antiseptic for burns and cuts as well as for the treatment of a wide range of bacterial and fungal skin infections (including the “athletic foot”).
Due to its antiseptic effect, it is good for cleansing oily skin prone to psoriasis, irritation and acne, as well as for skin treatment during and after measles. It can also be used in the treatment of dry cuticles, ulcers and insect bites.
Tea tree stimulates the immune system. Its healing properties are also manifested in the relief of colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, congestion and respiratory tract infection.
- Immunity booster
- direct inhalation
- local application
- internal use
Tea tree oil should be diluted 50:50 with base oil (carrier) before diffusion or application to the skin.
- Tea tree essential oil is generally considered safe to use.
- Always dilute it before applying it to the skin as it can cause irritation!