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Melaleuca Alternifolia

Tea Tree

Known as tea tree, is a species of tree native to Australia. It’s most notable feature is its leaves, which contain essential oils known for their antimicrobial properties. Tea tree oil, extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, has been widely used in traditional medicine and various skincare and healthcare products. 
Melaleuca Alternifolia


Tea tree


Myrtle family


Tea tree oil is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.


Tea tree has many benefits and can help combat bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It also is used to help clear skin and soothe skin irritations.


    Tea tree oil, extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, is renowned for its diverse range of benefits. Its natural antimicrobial properties make it a powerful agent against bacteria, viruses, and fungi contributing to the treatment of skin conditions such as acne, athlete's foot, and various infections. It is also used widely in skincare and hair care products, soothes irritations, and helps promote clear and healthy skin. 


    Melaleuca alternifolia, (tea tree) is typically not consumed orally, as it can be toxic if ingested in large quantities. However, it is commonly used in topical applications to target acne and blemishes. It is also used in scalp treatments and addresses dandruff. Tea tree is also used in aromatherapy because it has quite an invigorating scent. Other topical forms of tea tree can be applied to the skin to treat minor cuts, insect bites, and skin infections.


    Tea tree hails from Australia and has been long used by indigenous Aboriginal people for medicinal purposes. The term "tea tree" is said to have originated from Captain James Cook's exploration in the 18th century when he observed the indigenous people making an herbal infusion from the leaves of a tree to treat ailments, such as coughs, colds, and skin conditions. In turn, he referred to it as “tea tree.”

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