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Tea Tree Oil: Offers Natural Healing Benefits

The Paperbark Tree
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If you are looking for a natural product to help in treating skin problems, such as fungus, athlete’s foot, acne and other types of infections, you may want to consider tea tree oil. Tea tree or melaleuca oil is a well-known product used by many people because of its natural healing products.


Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the paperbark or Melaleuca alternifolia trees in Australia. For many thousands of years the people in this area would boil the leaves of the paperbark tree and use it in the treatment of infections, cuts, wounds and more. Today, we use tea tree oil in a number of products because it has both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits.

Methods of Use

When using tea tree oil it should only be applied topically. This makes it a good additive for lotions, creams and ointments. Tea tree oil can be used in the bath or in a diffuser as well. Some applications require you to apply the tea tree oil directly on the skin, such as with a cut. However, in most other applications you should not apply it directly to the skin without the use of a carrier oils, such as almond, grapeseed, or olive oil. This can help in preventing skin irritation.


Some of the most common uses for tea tree oil are:

  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Ringworm
  • Cuts and Scrapes
  • Warts
  • Acne
  • Insect Bites
  • Dandruff

It is also been known to help with issues such as:

  • Lice
  • Sinusitis
  • Vaginitis
  • Candida
  • Headaches
  • High Blood Pressure Issues
  • Pain

Tea tree oil has many uses and this can make it a good essential oil to have in your home. You can purchase good quality tea tree oil at most health food or herbal stores in your area.

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