Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is derived from the leaves of the tea tree – a small tree native to Australia. An aboriginal elixir-for-all, tee tree oil is an antibacterial, antiviral antioxidant that can tone and clear tired skin and sooth irritation. The fresh, spicy scent can eliminate malodour and reinvigorate senses. Do not make your next cup of tea with this, though, as – unlike its subcontinental cousin – it’s poisonous if ingested!

Fact drop: During WWII, each Australian serviceman was given a vial of tea tree oil as a heal-all and germicide.