Originating from the land down under, Australia! The Tea Tree, whose scientific name is Melaleuca alternifolia, is now a widely cultivated plant worldwide due to its strong commercial uses. With a global market value of USD 37 million in 2020, Tea Tree essential oil’s commercial uses and capabilities are likely to increase in the coming years.
In traditional medicine, Tea Tree essential oil can only be used topically as consumption is poisonous. However, they are widely used in the beauty and cosmetics industry as they yield many protective, revitalizing, and harmless properties.
Now let’s look at some of its uses!
1. Hand Sanitizer
They say the best products out there are ones that are fresh and natural, especially when it comes to cleaning and beauty. Tea Tree essential oil does an excellent job at that sanitization.
Apart from having strong skin-restoring properties, it also contains extremely strong antibacterial and antiviral properties!
A study conducted by the University of Western Australia in 2006 showed that Tea Tree essential oil has displayed its ability to kill off harmful bacteria & viruses such as E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae; these are responsible for causing illnesses like colds and flu.
Tip: This could help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 as well!
Check our previous blog on how to make your own hand sanitiser!
2. Natural Deodorant
Sweating is a natural and necessary function of the body. Though sweat doesn’t really contain any form of odour, it starts to form when secretion on your sweat glands comes into contact with bacteria on your skin.
But thanks to Tea Tree natural bacteria-fighting properties, this has become a healthier and more viable alternative than commercially made ones. Just incorporate a few drops of Tea Tree oil into your DIY deodorant spray or powder and apply as needed.
3. Dandruff Controlling Effects
Dandruff is a skin condition that only happens on the scalp. Though not very harmful (physically), it can be very embarrassing to some which could then lead to low self-esteem.
A clinical study in 2002 published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that 5% of Tea Tree essential oil in shampoo appears to be effective and well-tolerated in the treatment of dandruff. You can also add Tea Tree oil to your daily shower routine. Just simply add 2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree essential oil to your shampoo, and gently massage it to your scalp.
4. Psoriasis Reliever
Psoriasis is a complex skin condition that causes red, itchy patches on the skin.
An article published in National Library of Medicine in 2012 indicates that Tea Tree essential oil contains anti-inflammatory properties, it is a strong form of aid against psoriasis symptoms. One way to help relieve the red patches is to mix 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil with 30ml of coconut oil then start to apply it onto the affected areas 2 to 3 times per day.
5. Acne Aid
Tea Tree oil is also well-known in the beauty industry when it comes to battling acne. This is also thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it is known to reduce the redness, swelling, and inflammation caused by acne. While it may be used undiluted in small areas of skin, we recommend that it always be diluted to avoid possible dermal irritation. To use, dilute one drop of Tea Tree oil in two drops of jojoba oil and apply it directly onto the acne/pimple area.
As we can see, the Tea Tree essential oil has multiple uses in the areas of beauty and wellness. Not to mention it is a pretty versatile oil that works on most skin types. However, we do recommend doing a patch test as always if you’re using it for the first time.