Tea tree oil(Melaleuca alternifolia) is well known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties, giving itself a good reputation as a ‘skin doctor’. The rampage of coronavirus gave tea tree oil a new found reputation in many high end sanitiser. There is no evidence to suggest that tea tree oil is effective in eliminating cronoavirus.
Japanese times suggested that excessive use of alcohol could disrupt the natural balance of the skin. Tea tree is then used as an ingredient with hand sanitiser mainly to restore the natural balance of the skin as high concentration of alcohol damages the skin.
Tea tree oil is first mention when sailors landed in Australia in 1700 lead by captain James Cook. They found a tree giving off a nutmeg aroma and hence decided to use its leaves to brew tea. This is how the name originates. He took interest on the plant and met with the aboriginies to learn about its natural healing power and natural antiseptic power.
It is interesting to note that tea tree oil is widely used as a traditional medicine after being commercalised by Dr Arthur Penfold before the discovery of penicillin. Tea tree oil contributed in world war 2 to the Australian army as a form of antiseptic and controlled the outbreak of foot fungus
Tea tree oil is a potent, powerful, non-toxic, soothing, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal natural essential oil. It has the ability to penetrate the skin layers gently help fight fungus and promote healing.
In many parts of the world, tea tree oil is still used as a home treatment for skin issues such as acne, dandruff, nail fungus and small wounds on the skin. The picture below is our contribution to share some of the common applications.
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If you noticed the following symptoms after using on your skin, you might be allergied to tea tree oil; skin irritation, allergic skin rash (dermatitis), itching, stinging, burning, scaling, redness, dryness. Please consult a doctor.
Tea tree oil is only for external application and can be toxic when swallowed. It might caused confusion, lack of muscle control and decreased consciousness
Taking advantage of tea tree oil antiviral, antibacterial and sweet smelling scent, without a doubt that housewife would find them popular in cleaning agent. It is added into the laundry, detergent and even floor cleaner.
Recent studies showed that tea tree oil is a natural form of insect repellent. This plant based repellent is non-toxic to the environment and preferred by some gardeners as a tool for pest controlling.