tea tree oil

By Robyn Alright

Did you know that tea tree oil is extracted from the twigs and the leaves of a tree that is native to Australia?  The botanical name of the tree is Melaleuca Alternifolia and there are over 300 species of tea trees that grow in that area. Thankfully, we do not have to travel all the way to Australia to reap the benefits of this valuable oil! Tea tree oil is widely available and has multiple health and beauty benefits. Here are a few fabulous ways that tea tree oil can be incorporated into your beauty routine.

Hair and Scalp Benefits

Tea tree oil has the ability to remove dandruff and relax dry flaking skin. It also helps to relieve an itchy scalp which is often caused by fungus or bacteria. Tea tree oil has been proven to treat these problems and it may also help with eczema.

Tea tree oil is also used to treat and repel head lice. While it is safe to use on pets, it is not recommended for use on pets or small animals.

Skin Benefits

Tea Tree oil is widely used in the battle against acne because of its anti-bacterial abilities. Its soothing properties helps to calm the skin and prevents flare-ups. This oil may also be used to treat wounds, cuts and other skin infections. It may also aid in the removal of skin tags.  If applied to the affected area several times daily, the skin tag could fall off on its own.


Tea tree oil is generally considered one of the safer essential oils. It can be used undiluted but depending on your skin type, it may be diluted with a carrier oil like olive oil, sweet almond or coconut oil. Before using tea tree oil, conduct a skin patch test to be sure that you will have no allergic reactions. Tea tree oil should not be taken internally and if you have any concerns, always consult your physician.