One of the essential oils I make sure I am never without is Tea Tree Oil. These days, this oil is very common but I remember a time when it was quite hard to get hold of this oil whether as an oil or in skincare products and I had to request friends in Australia to get them for me.
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Oil) is extracted from the Melaleuca tree which is found predominantly in Australia. This explains why many skincare brands that contains Tea Tree Oil are Australian based. Tea tree oil is known to have some medicinal properties when applied on the skin and it is also supposed to be anti-bacterial and a disinfectant.
This is possibly why Tea Tree Oil is well known as an acne buster. I personally use tea tree oil in its oil form whenever I am plagued by acne or pimples. It dries them up quickly and does not leave a scar or mark. For me, this is quite possibly the best treatment for sporadic acne/pimples.
Apparently, tea tree oil also has anti-fungal properties and it can even be used on the skin for insect bites and various other skin problems (source). I’m told that dabbing some tea tree oil onto an insect or mosquito bite eases the itchiness which stops you from scratching at it. In most cases the insect or mosquito bite does not leave a scar or mark, but scratching it and breaking the surface of the skin does. So, the next time you get bitten by a mosquito reach for your tea tree oil and stop scratching!
The smell of tea tree oil is very distinctive, smelling slightly like camphor. Me, I like it and find it vaguely soothing but I know people who dislike the smell. When going on the skin, I find the oil leaves a slightly tingling and cooling feeling. If you have broken skin, it can smart so be warned.
Do you keep any Tea Tree Oil on your dresser?