Melaleuca (aka tea tree) oil is a pure plant oil with myriad uses. Native to Australia, its benefits are far-reaching, with everyone from Harper and Harley’s Sara Donaldson to Meghan Markle keeping it in their kit. This is why it deserves a place on your shopping list this week.
1/ It’s a natural antiseptic
The powerful healing properties of melaleuca oil have been harnessed for centuries, first by Indigenous Australians and subsequently by early settlers. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s still a first aid kit wonder product; apply to cuts, scrapes and abrasions to help reduce the risk of infection and support the skin’s healing process.
2/ It targets acne and blemishes
Melaleuca oil is an effective natural spot treatment – in fact, research suggests it may work just as well as benzoyl peroxide in eradicating rogue pimples when they pop up, without the associated redness and flaking.
3/ It can help manage athlete’s foot
Not the nicest subject, but melaleuca oil has long been considered a natural solution for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. A few drops of 100% melaleuca oil has been shown to be effective in the management of athlete’s foot thanks to its anti-fungal properties.
4/ It helps relieve minor burns
Love to cook? Keep a burns treatment containing melaleuca oil in a kitchen drawer to relieve minor burns during your Sunday afternoon baking session. A natural anti-inflammatory, melaleuca oil soothes inflamed skin and aids the healing process.
5/ It helps relieve skin chafing and irritations
Looking for a natural alternative to anti-irritation creams? Formulas containing melaleuca oil have been shown to be effective at relieving skin chafing, rashes and irritations, without the need for harsh synthetic ingredients.
Australian brand mundicare® has a range of melaleuca oil products, including locally produced 100% pure melaleuca oil. Shop the range here.
1U&A study Galkal June 2015 of Australian Adults.