If you appreciate the advantages of using safer, more natural medicines, you will definitely welcome the many benefits that tea tree oil can provide. As far as essential oils go, tea tree oil is one that you will want to keep on hand at all times, either in the medicine cabinet or as a part of your first aid kit. Its versatility makes it an extremely effective treatment for burns, insect bites, acne, nail fungus, and even methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus viruses. Tea tree oil should never be ingested, but it does make for an outstanding overall topical treatment and, in proper dilutions, can even be used as a cleaner and disinfectant for things like high chairs, counter tops, car seats, and strollers.
Since it is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, which is native to New South Wales, in Australia, Tea tree oil has been used by Australian aboriginal peoples for centuries, but was only discovered, tested, and marketed beginning in the 1920s. At that point, a variety of uses for the oil were identified, including fighting athlete’s foot, acne, and head lice. As a topical medicine, tea tree oil was shown to be effective against not only acne, but also against eczema, psoriasis, whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and a wide range of other skin blemishes. For those reasons, this essential oil is often used in holistic medical treatments of the skin.
When it comes to cleansing the skin, many individuals prefer tea tree oil’s effects over those of the harsher chemical-based compounds often marketed as over-the-counter skin treatments. Its natural antibacterial properties can help to unblock clogged sebaceous glands and dry out the skin’s pores. How this oil is used will depend in large measure on your skin condition. Because tea tree oil is powerful, it is usually diluted before applying it to the skin. When treating specific blemishes the oil can be applied with either a cotton swab or a soft cloth. The oil can be left on for a few hours or even overnight for maximum effect. The penetrating capability of tea tree oil makes it very effective and its disinfecting properties make it ideal for a number of topical uses. The benefits of tea tree oil on skin are many but, when shopping for it, check for percentages of real tea tree oil, as some products contain so little as to be completely ineffective.