Tea tree essential oil is best known for its antimicrobial activities. The main constituents of Tea Tree essential oil are Alpha Pinene, Beta Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Alpha Phellandrene, Alpha Terpinene, Limonene, Cineole, Gamma Terpinene, Para Cymene, Terpinolene, Linalool, Terpinenol and Alpha Terpineol. The compound Terpinen-4-ol which is thought to be the responsible for fighting all three categories of infectious organisms (Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses). It is well known for its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific substance.
Tea tree essential oil has been touted to cure almost all topical ailments, including acne, dandruff, athletes foot, lice, eczema and psoriasis. It is also an ingredient in creams, ointments, lotions, soaps, and shampoos.