Tea Tree Essential Oil
Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.
Native to Australia, Tea Tree Essential Oil has been used in traditional Aboriginal medicine for centuries. Used to cure coughs, colds, skin conditions and a whole host of other ailments, Tea Tree Oil has become one of the most popular ingredients in aromatherapy today.
Here’s all you need to know about this powerful ingredient.
What is Tea Tree Essential Oil used for?
- Purify: Tea Tree Essential Oil is well renowned as a natural remedy for acne and breakouts. This is thanks to its powerful antibacterial compounds which work to deeply cleanse the skin and purify pores.
- Soothe: Armed with anti-inflammatory properties, Tea Tree Essential Oil is a great natural remedy to calm skin and soothe irritations and wounds.
Whether it’s blemishes, acne marks, pigmentation or even rosacea, Tea Tree Oil helps to reignite your skin’s radiance and even out skin tone.
Where does Tea Tree Essential Oil come from?
Tea Tree Essential Oil is highly volatile, and derives from the Australian plant Melaleuca Alternifolia.
Extracted through a process of steam distillation, Tea Tree Oil is obtained from the leaves and twigs of the tea tree.
History of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- All in a name: The name Tea Tree derives from the expeditions of Captain Cook in 1770. When he reached Botany Bay in Australia, the crew boiled the highly fragrant leaves of the plant and made a spicy infusion in the place of tea.
- Ancient medicine: Centuries ago, the Aboriginals crushed the leaves of the Tea Tree and inhaled the essence as a cure to coughs, fevers, congestion and injuries.
- World War II: During WW2, producers of Tea Tree Oil were excluded from signing up to the army until there was enough of the ingredient to supply all soldiers’ first aid kits and hospitals.
Facts about Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Freshen up: Thanks to its antibacterial properties, Tea Tree Oil works very well as a natural laundry freshener, especially when laundry is musty or even mouldy. You can even apply it to your shoes or feet, in order to eliminate any unpleasant smells.
- Not for consumption: Tea Tree Essential Oil should never be consumed. It contains terpenes, active compounds which are extremely difficult for the body to process and can be toxic.
- A confusing oil: Tea Tree Oil is not to be confused with other Essential Oils that may exhibit extremely similar properties, including Lemon Tea Tree Oil, Manuka Oil, Niaouli Oil and Cajeput Oil.
Incorporate Tea Tree Essential Oil in your daily rituals to propel your health, body and skin.