Oof, the warm, spicy – and somewhat sanitary – the freshness of this oil is unparalleled. It’s a charismatic oil that’s long been valued for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. When the world still thought Tea Tree was a mere weed, the Australian aboriginals were using its leaves to cure infections. Today, Tea Tree is often used to help boost the immune system, and a massage with Tea Tree oil before an operation is said to fortify both body and mind.
Common Uses: Tea tree has traditionally been used for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties. It appears as an ingredient in soaps, shampoos and deodorants, and can be used to ward off and treat infections from cuts and sores to colds and coughs. It’s stimulating for the immune system and can help revitalize the body and mind, especially after trauma or shock. It’s effective on spots and blemishes, as well as conditions like athlete’s foot. Add a few drops in a diffuser to inhale its vapours. It also is safe to use topically on the skin. Add a drop or two to a cotton ball, and smooth onto the affected area.