Tea tree oil (also called melaleuca oil), is an oil stemmed from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree. It contains 92 beneficial substances and has a fresh camphor smell. The little growing tree is native to New South Wales, Australia and Southeast Queensland, however can now be found in many countries around the world.
In the 1920s, Arthur Penfold, an Australian researcher carried out numerous studies on essential oils which put tea tree oil in the spotlight. One of the 8 types of trees grown for the oil, Melaleuca alternifolia is the most effective one. The powerful cleansing properties of the oil were known to Australian Aboriginals, who cut the leaves and inhaled the vapors to clean their airways. They also used the crushed Melaleuca alternifolia leaves on wounds in order to cool them down and speed up the healing.
Tea tree oil can also clean your skin and improve your skin. It is a powerful cleaner that can keep your house clean. Taken orally, the oil can strengthen your immune system. Here are the main properties of Melaleuca alternifolia:
Here’s how you can use the oil at home:
- Apply the oil on your fingernails and toes after showering to improve their look
- Mix the oil with some lavender oil and Aloe gel to develop a powerful DIY hand sanitizer
- To improve your complexion, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your facial cleanser
- Rub a couple of drops of the oil on your toothbrush to eliminate bacteria on it
- To make a powerful cleaner, add a few drops of it in a spray bottle full of water
- Put a few drops of tea tree oil to a diffuser to clean up a bigger area
- Rub a few of the oil on your palms and inhale the vapors through your nose to clean your lungs and respiratory tracts.
- Put a drop of the oil in 4 ounces of water to improve your body’s defenses;
- Add a drop of tea tree oil, lemon juice, veggie sap, coconut oil and olive oil to a drop of water and consume the mix to improve your immune system.
- The oil is also a terrific treatment against many skin problems, along with chickenpox, vaginal infections, lice, bad breath, earaches and boils.
CAUTION: the oil shouldn’t be used on sensitive areas in children, and need to be used under doctor’s care if you’re pregnant or lactating.