Australian Aborigines have used tea tree oil for hundreds of years. It was given its name by Captain Cook back in the 18th century when he first visited Australia. The tree, or shrub, has leaves that are like the needles of the cypress, and the aborigines would crush these to inhale, or soak them for an infusion.
Distilled from the leaves and twigs, tea tree oil has many beneficial properties. It is one of the few essential oils that can be used on the skin without dilution. Its smell is clean, medicinal, and particularly distinct.
Antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral, tea tree oil is very efficient with acne, blackheads, pimples etc. It is also very useful in cases of athletes foot, ringworm, and other similar fungal conditions. Tea tree oil is also a great deodorizer, clearing air, and disinfecting impurities.