The uses of tea tree oil range from applying it directly on your skin to help heal small cuts and nicks to cleaning and disinfecting your kitchen as well as your bathroom.
Recently completed research shows that tea tree oil is also effective against moderate cases of acne.
Tea tree oil is a natural essential oil produced from the leaves of the melaleuca tree (melaleuca alternifolia). Melaleuca trees are indigenous to the northeast coast of Australia and are part of the myrtle family.
More Uses of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is antiseptic, soothing, penetrating, non caustic and aromatic. Melaleuca oil can be used by itself or can be added to the following products to make them more effective:
- mouth wash
- tooth paste
- shower gel
- laundry detergent
- liquid soap
- household cleaners
- skin lotion
History of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil (melaleuca oil) was developed by Australian chemist, Arthur Penfold, back in 1922. He published a paper heralding its ability to fight bad bacteria and fungus. Its popularity grew as a result of his findings. It was used as a germicide as well as a treatment for cuts, bruises, head lice, ringworm, leg ulcers, infections, thrush, tonsilitis and gingivitis. Its popularity diminished with the discovery and use of penicillin and other less expensive antibiotics.
During World War ll all Australian soldiers and sailors were issued bottles of tea tree oil as part of their first aid kits. I have heard that Australian soldiers even used tea tree oil to lubricate their weapons.
The benefits of tea tea oil have been recently rediscovered. Its popularity is returning as more and more people are looking for more natural personal care and home care products with fewer chemicals and artificial ingredients.
Research on Tea Tree Oil
Current research continues to support tea tree oil as an antibacterial, antiviral and antivirus agent.
There is a large volume of anecdotal evidence supporting the reported health benefits of tea tree oil. There is also a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the claim that tea tree oil has specific health benefits. Although there is not any conclusive scientific evidence of the health benefits of tea tree oil there have been a number of promising research studies completed.
Many of the conclusions resulting from scientific tea tree oil research have been positive. The researches almost invariably comment in the conclusions of their reports that additional research needs to be done. We concur with this conclusion. We welcome additional research on tea tree oil and other similar natural health products.