The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Jessica 15/09/2015 6 Comment(s)

Get to know tea tree oil, your skin’s new BFF

 

From the seemingly never-ending array of natural beauty treatments available to us, there are a few that rise above the rest: Witch hazel, lavender essential oil, avocado oil… to name just a few… And yes, the little potion you see here before you is most definitely on that list, tea tree oil. You’ve likely seen a bottle of this camphor-scented liquid, maybe there’s even one hiding out in your own beauty cabinet… but do you really know all it can do? Read on to for all the benefits of tea tree oil and for a simple, hair healthy DIY.

 

What is it?

Distilled from the leaves of the tea tree, or Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree endemic to Australia (though other species are present in Tunisia, Egypt, Vietman, and Malaysia), tea tree oil has long been used to treat a variety of skin conditions and bodily infections. Traditionally used by the indigenous Bundajaling people of Eastern Australia, tea tree gained wider popularity in the early 1900’s. Tea tree oil is now commonly used to treat skin conditions ranging from eczema to acne to dandruff.

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What are the benefits?

The benefits of tea tree oil lie in its anti-properties: tea tree oil is anti-fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and anti viral. Because it’s is so effective at killing germs and preventing infection, tea tree oil is an excellent oil to keep on hand in a home emergency kit. But after discovering all it can do, you’ll likely find yourself reaching for it in non-emergencies as well! In fact, tea tree oil has been found to be more effective than benzoyl peroxide at treating acne and blemishes.