Essential Spotlight: Tea Tree Oil

We call this our little ‘miracle worker.’ Tea Tree oil is one of the most powerful natural disinfectants on the planet… attacking bacteria with a ferocity that is simply awesome.

The oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Some sources claim that tea tree oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It’s used regularly to treat common scalp complaints, including dandruff and psoriasis. When it comes to treating  moderate common acne, topical application of 5% tea tree oil can be more effective than the same application of benzoyl peroxide. Imagine that!

We use a diluted solution of tea tree and aloe (as tea tree used alone can be damaging and corrosive), to power our Oatmeal & Peppermint Face Care series… which is best suited to oily and acne prone skin.

Personally, I’ve been using it for years. I love the stuff.