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Melaleuca alternifolia

Why is tea tree oil popular in natural healthcare products?

Tea tree, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, is a plant native to Australia. The essential oil derived from tea tree leaves has been used for its potential health benefits and is commonly found in natural health products. Here's why it is so popular[i].

Strong antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is well-known for its potent antimicrobial properties. It contains compounds such as terpinen-4-ol that have been found to exhibit antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, fungi, and viruses[ii].

Therefore, tea tree oil is widely used topically for many skin conditions, including acne, fungal infections (such as athlete's foot and nail infections), and minor cuts or wounds[iii][iv].

It is also great for dental health and found in some natural mouthwashes and toothpaste due to its action in reducing oral bacteria[v].

Skin health benefits of tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is believed to have anti-inflammatory and soothing effects on the skin. It is commonly used in skincare products to help address issues like acne, blemishes, and oily skin[vi]. In essential oil form, it should be always diluted properly before application to prevent burns.

Tea tree for healthy hair and scalp

Tea tree oil is also popular in hair and scalp care due to its reported effectiveness in reducing dandruff, dry scalp and soothing itchiness. For this reason, it is very commonly added to shampoos, conditioners, or specialist scalp treatments[vii]. However, as with skincare, it is crucial to use tea tree oil in the appropriate dilution to avoid scalp and skin irritation.

Considerations for using tea tree oil

While tea tree oil is generally considered safe for topical use when properly diluted, it is important to always be cautious and follow recommended guidelines. Undiluted tea tree oil can be irritating to the skin and may cause allergic. It should not be ingested. To keep everyone safe, tea tree oil should be kept out of reach of children and pets.

Sensitivities to tea tree oil

As with any natural product, individual sensitivities and reactions may vary from person to person. Performing a patch test on a small area of skin before using tea tree oil more extensively, can help you to check for any adverse reactions prior to use. If you experience any unusual or severe symptoms, please consult a healthcare professional.

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