If you delve into alternative medicine for cleansing the body and providing balance, you are bound to come across tea tree oil.
Originating in Australia, Melaleuca alternifolia or tea tree oil has been used by native Australian cultures for hundreds of years, noted for its ability to soothe common skin irritations and rashes when applied topically.<sup>1</sup>
Today, Westcoast Naturals offers tea tree oil in a convenient 30 ml bottle for the same healing properties. Topically, it has been proven effective to speed the healing of wounds and infections, and provides a calming effect to skin lesions, cold sores and more.<sup>2</sup>
With distinct antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil is one of the most versatile agents in homeopathic medicine, being used in shampoos, body washes, household cleaners, laundry, and others. Added to hot water or a vaporizer, tea tree oil also serves well as an aromatic agent in diffusers.
1 Carson C.F, Riley T.V, Cookson B.D. “Efficacy and safety of tea tree oil as a topical antimicrobial agent.” Journal of Hospital Infection. 1998;40(3):175–178.
2 Carson C.F., Riley T.V. “Antimicrobial activity of the major components of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia.” J Appl Bacteriol. 1995;78:264-269.