Tea Tree is a small tree with needle-like leaves and yellow, purple flowers. The essential oil is extracted through steam distillation of the leaves and twigs.
INCI: Melaleuca alternifolia
ESSENCE: Strong and protective, Tea Tree oil is a top note and is considered to be a stimulating oil.
EFFECTS: Tea tree essential oil is recommended for physically delicate individuals and those with chronic ill-health.
THERAPY: Tea Tree oil is antimicrobial, bactericidal and fungicidal, making it a unique oil in that it can treat a broad spectrum, from bacteria and viruses to fungi. It is an immunostimulant and an expectorant, making it useful for colds, coughs and asthma. Tea tree is recommended for the treatment of acne, athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, oily skin rashes, warts and wounds.
PRECAUTIONS: Generally considered a safe oil, but tea tree essential oil may irritate very sensitive skin.