Tea tree oil (also known as Eucalyptus oil) is a natural substance produced from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree. It is used in cosmetics, shampoos, and other household products. The main active ingredient of tea tree oil is camphor which helps prevent skin irritation due to its antiseptic properties.

The benefits of using tea tree oil are numerous. These include preventing acne, reducing itching and redness caused by eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions; it reduces inflammation in the body; it improves circulation in the skin; it relieves dryness and flaking of the scalp; it is helpful when treating asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest tightness. It may even reduce depression.

In addition, tea tree oil may have anti-cancer effects. It has been shown to kill cancer cells and slow their growth.

It is not just for cosmetic purposes either. Tea tree oil is also used in the treatment of burns, wounds, insect bites, rashes and poison ivy. It can also be applied topically to treat skin infections such as athlete’s foot or ringworm.

Plant Description

The tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a small tree that grows in the eucalyptus family. It is also known as ti-tree or paperbark tree. These are just a few of the names for this amazing plant which is one of Australia’s finest native plants and has even been given the title of “medical wand” by the Australian Aborigines.

Sources & references used in this article:

Antimicrobial activity of the major components of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia by CF Carson, TV Riley – Journal of applied bacteriology, 1995 – Wiley Online Library

The mode of antimicrobial action of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil) by SD Cox, CM Mann, JL Markham… – Journal of applied …, 2000 – Wiley Online Library

Effects of tea tree oil on Escherichia coli by JE Gustafson, YC Liew, S Chew… – Letters in applied …, 1998 – Wiley Online Library

T-tree or b-tree: Main memory database index structure revisited by H Lu, YY Ng, Z Tian – Proceedings 11th Australasian Database …, 2000 – ieeexplore.ieee.org

Soil and plant analysis by M Moore

Forest trees of Australia by RS SA – 1942 – naturalresources.sa.gov.au

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