Melaleuca alternifolia, a tall evergreen tree of Asia and Australia whose leaves yield tea tree oil.
A native Australian evergreen shrub ( Melaleuca alternifolia) with well-known antiseptic properties. The tea tree has nothing to do with tea. The name allegedly arose because in 1770, the explorer, Thomas Cook, made an infusion of the leaves which his crew drank to prevent scurvy.
Powerful antiseptic, antifungal and anti-viral. Good for acne, cold sores, warts, and burns. Useful cleansing agent for skin. Helps combat foot odour and athlete's foot. Caution: Avoid during pregnancy and prolonged use. Can irritate sensitive skin.