Tea tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Extract)

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Extract)

Tea tree oil: there has been extensive scientific study on its benefits, with promise of more evidence of its efficacy still to be published. Current data supports its use for antibacterial and antiseptic applications, treatment of acne, insect repellancy, antidandruff preparations and for the treatment of a wide range of skin complications.

First described in detail by members of the crew of Captain James Cook's expeditions in late 1700s, the plant gained widespread fame because of claims of its ability to treat skin ailments, cuts and burns. Extracts of the plant were used as topical antiseptics during World War II until superseded by more effective antimicrobial agents. The oil is more commonly used than the extract and has no anticipated or reported adverse effects when applied topically.

CAS: 85085-48-9

Function: Skin conditioning/Antimicrobial

Source: Dweck, Anthony. Handbook of Natural Ingredients (Dweck Books 4) . Dweck Data. Kindle Edition.