At least it is in my shop – 25% of all products with Tea Tree essential oil in it. That includes hand sanitizer, raw honey facial cleanser, green cleaning products, linen spray, and more!
Tea tree oil is a powerhouse when it comes to clean. Tea tree (aka Melaleuca, native to Australia) is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, so it hits all of the major categories of “bad bugs” you want to get rid of. It’s great at helping to prevent and clear up acne and that’s one of the reasons I include it in my raw honey facial cleanser.
Some other treatments that tea tree oil is used for: treating dandruff, lice, athlete’s foot, cuts, and insect bites. One caution: Tea tree oil should NEVER be ingested, as it’s toxic to the body if taken internally. Also remember, like all essential oils it should be diluted with a carrier oil before using it topically. Topically, tea tree oil is GRAS (generally regarded as safe) and most people tolerate it quite well. However, use common sense. If it causes irritation or discomfort after using it, stop using it.
If you’d like to read more about Melaleuca Alternifolia, here are a few places to get you started.