Tea Tree Oil– The “It” Ingredient of the Year

Tea Tree OilTea tree oil is the “it” ingredient of the year.  It is extracted from the Melaleuca ( have no idea ow to pronounce  it)  tree found mainly in Australia and Queensland. While its the hot new ingredient in beauty care, aboriginal peoples have used  it for centuries for wound healing and skin irritations.  In the 1920’s, a researcher  published the first studies on the antibacterial  activity of tea tree oil.  He found that  the extract was more than 10X  more effective than phenol–  the most popular disinfectent  before the arrival of antibiotics.

Tea Tree Oil in Your Medicine Cabinet

Continuing research has found that 5%  tea tree oil formulations are effective as benzoyl peroxide  without  the dryness   and irritation.  Tea tree oil  has also been shown to have  antibacterial and antiseptic  … Continue Reading…