Tea Tree Oil Benefits For the Skin

Posted by on 7/31/2014 to Ingredient Knowledge
Tea tree essential oil is another very popular, versatile oil in the world of skin care and aromatherapy and is famous for its healing and medicinal properties. It is steam distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree native to Australia and has been historically used by Aborigines for centuries as a topical treatment. Today, tea tree oil has been proven to be highly useful due to is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties. Tea tree oil benefits are well known amongst aromatherapy enthusiasts and it’s considered to be a must-have essential oil in your collection.

The aroma of tea tree oil is somewhat spicy and camphorous, but also woody. Tea tree oil blends with well with lavender, clary sage, rosemary, lemon, geranium and clove essential oils.

In skin care, tree oil solutions can be applied topically to alleviate the discomfort from a host of serious and minor skin conditions, including rashes, insect bites, athlete’s foot, abscesses, warts, and dandruff. There is even promise tea tree could successfully treat herpes, boils and minor wounds; though more research is needed. Due to its excellent disinfectant abilities, tea tree oil solutions are used to prevent bacterial and fungal skin infections from worsening. It’s also an excellent deodorizer and can be used in natural, non-toxic deodorant formulas to control underarm bacteria.

An Acne Treatment?

Tea tree oil is a promising anti-acne treatment due its strong antibacterial benefits. We use it in our Tea Tree and Clary Sage Clarify Facial Moisturizer that was designed to take advantages of tea tree oil benefits to nourish and improve the look of acne prone skin.

Note: Tea tree oil, like lavender oil, is another essential oil that can be used neat directly on your skin without dilution in another carrier oil or butter, but use caution. Good advice stipulates you should always dilute essential oils for safety. Tea tree oil is rare exception but there is still risk of developing sensitization. It's still a best to try it while infused in a butter or carrier oil.

Therapeutically, tea tree oil is also used as a decongestant, stimulant and expectorant. Used for steam inhalation, it can naturally treat colds and sore throat as well as clear up congestion. As a stimulant tea tree oil can increase circulation and boost immunity.

What do you think? Is tea tree essential oil is a must have in your collection?
Tea Tree Oil Benefits For the Skin