Tea Tree oil is the bomb! When faced with stubborn, stinky mould and mildew in hard-to-get-to places, you want to be armed with a bottle of this amazing stuff.
Tea Tree farmers were exempt from military duty in WWII to keep the supply of oil flowing. Soldiers were given small amounts in their survival kits to treat tropical infections and wounds. Today it is used in a variety of personal and cleaning products. Tea Tree oil is safe for most people when put on the skin if diluted with a carrier oil, but it can cause skin irritation and swelling.
Botanical name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Common name: Tea tree
Plant part: Leaves
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Common uses: Tea tree has traditionally been used for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.
Strength of aroma: Strong
Aromatic scent: Fresh, antiseptic and medicinal scent.
Caution: Non-toxic, non-irritant but possibly sensitising to some individuals. Avoid during pregnancy.