Tea tree oil, from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, has been a medicinal staple of the Aborigines for hundreds of years. Traditionally, it has been used in the treatment of coughs, colds, and minor health ailments. However, the oil offers more than just medicinal benefits.
Nowadays, tea tree oil can be bought online and in stores inexpensively as a concentrated essential oil. One can also find diluted versions of the oil that come in a variety of strengths. In general, tea tree oil is safe for most people to use when applied to the skin following directions.
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Tea tree oil repels insects. In fact, studies have shown that it can be as effective as popular commercial repellents and insecticides at keeping away pesky insects, and in some cases even more so.
In a recent test-tube research study, tea tree oil repelled mosquitoes more effectively than DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), which is the active ingredient in most insect-repelling products.