You may have noticed that natural products are on the rise globally, and Australia is no different. Recent research suggests that 1 in 2 Australians would prefer to purchase a natural product wherever possible.
Known for being a natural antiseptic, melaleuca oil – also known as tea tree oil – is native to Australia and was first used centuries ago by Indigenous Australians for a range of skin ailments. The oil is known for its skin healing benefits, including its antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are five ways melaleuca oil can be used:
1. Antiseptic for cuts and scrapes
If your little one has taken a tumble, a natural antiseptic containing melaleuca oil is a great way to help relieve minor cuts and scrapes while reducing the risk of infection.
2. Helps relieve minor burns
Burns around the kitchen? Keep a burns treatment containing melaleuca oil in a kitchen drawer to relieve any minor burns during your Sunday afternoon baking session. A natural anti-inflammatory, melaleuca oil soothes inflamed skin and aids the healing process.
3. Soothes insect bites and stings
Been attacked by mozzies? Melaleuca oil can reduce the itching and swelling that takes place when your body releases histamine as a defence against insect saliva.
4. Soothes chafing
There’s nothing worse than angry, chafed skin! Apply a few dabs of a cream containing melaleuca oil to help soothe, relieve and moisturise dry, chafed and irritated skin.
5. All-purpose household cleaner
For a chemical-free disinfectant cleaning spray, add 10 drops to 2 cups hot water and half a cup of white vinegar. Your house will look spic and span when you’re done scrubbing.
Learn more about mundicare®’s Australian-owned and grown Melaleuca Oil products here.
1. U&A study Galkal June 2015 of Australian Adults