Australian tea tree belongs to the evergreen myrtle family. The beneficial effects of tea tree oil – extracted from the leaves and branch tips – was already known to the Aborigines of Australia. Due to its versatile applications, tea tree oil is a must-have in medicine chests.
The oil has a strong antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral, antifungal (fungicidal) properties that strengthens the immune system and promotes wound healing. So it is used to control bacterial and viral infections (for example, herpes and acne), fungal infections and insect bites. It also provides protection against colds. The scent of tea tree oil is intended to keep away insects such as mosquitoes, ticks and fleas.
The herbal-spicy scent of tea tree oil reliefs psychosomatic discomfort and stress symptomes, stabilises the psyche and improves self-confidence.