Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that comes from steaming the leaves of the Australian tea tree. When used topically, tea tree oil is believed to be antibacterial. Tea tree oil is commonly used to treat acne, athlete's foot, lice, nail fungus and insect bites. Tea tree oil is available as an oil and in many over-the-counter skin products, including soaps and lotions
- Tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, found in Australia.
- The oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
- A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.
- Tea tree oil should never be swallowed.
How To Use It:
- Bathe in tea tree oil to soothe sore muscles. Fill your bathtub with warm water. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water.
- Mix tea tree oil and water to treat a sore throat or chest congestion. Pour water into a large pot and bring it to a boil.
- Relieve a congested nose with a tea tree oil scented pillow. Place a few drops of tea tree oil inside your pillow case before you go to bed.
- Use tea tree oil as a mouthwash with extreme caution. Tea tree oil is great at soothing sores and easing pain, but it is also very toxic if swallowed.