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    Tea Tree Oil

    Melaleuca Alternifolia

    Tea Tree Oil

    What is it?

    Melaleuca Alternifolia is a species of tree or tall shrub in the plant genus Melaleuca. Native to Australia, it occurs in Southeast Queensland and the north coast and adjacent ranges of New South Wales. It grows along streams and on swampy flats, and is often the dominant species where it occurs.

    Key Information

    • Tea tree oil has been used as complimentary therapy in surgery, burn care, and dental care.
    • People usually use tea tree oil to treat minor cuts, burns, acne, athlete's foot, mild fungal nail infections, vaginal yeast infections, and lung problems (when they add the oil to a bath or vaporizer).

    More Information

    Tea tree oil can kill bacteria and fungi. It comes from the evergreen leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Numerous tea tree oil body care products are available, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lip balm, topical (used on the skin) cream, and essential oil. Although there is little research on tea tree oil, some studies suggest that it is safe and often effective for the prevention and treatment of infections.


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