The Power of Tea Tree
A little bit of history about Tea tree oil, a classic Australian native botanical. The Tea Tree plant has been used for centuries by our indigenous people for colds, flues, sores and infections. One method of use was through inhalation – by heating rocks and then placing the hot rocks in small pools of water next to a water place, the water would then steam and the tea tree leaves placed in the steaming pool and the vapours inhaled.
World War 2 soldiers carried a bottle of tea tree oil in their first aid kits. With post war drug development and with no commercial plantations, Tea Tree medicinal use slowly faded away. It was revived and developed by the Dean family, near Byron Bay from the 1970s onwards. Tea Tree essential oil is well known today around most of the world.
Botanically known as Melaleuca alternifolia. It is primarily found in lowlands and wetlands on the north coast of New South Wales. The leaves, twigs and branches are steam distilled to produce the oil we use.
From a skincare perspective, tea tree is an excellent essential oil to include in product emulsions to help treat acne, blemishes, pimples & blackheads because of its incredible anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. It is helpful to calm redness, swelling and inflammation. It can help to prevent and reduce acne scars, leaving you with smooth, clear skin.
A few drops of tea tree essential oil into a bowl of hot water makes an excellent, purifying at home facial steam treatment to help clear blemishes, clogged pores and blackheads and/or to help clear a blocked nose/nasal congestion. Facial steaming helps soften the skin, helping to draw the impurities from your pores allowing a deeper cleanse possible to clear stubborn blackheads and blemishes.
Because of its antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties we have included Tea Tree essential oil into our Facial Range for normal to combination, acne, blemished prone skin – the Lilly Pilly Range.
Other products we love to use Tea Tree essential oil in is our Activated Charcoal Soap our Tea Tree & Eucalyptus Soap, the Tea Tree & Turmeric Facial Soap, the Bush Lemon Natural Deodorant and our Black Clay Facial Scrub.
If you have a cold sore, angular chelitis, athlete’s foot, insect bites or minor abrasions reach for pure Tea Tree essential oil. These all respond very well to local applications of Tea Tree essential oil. Be aware however that Tea Tree is not recommended for very sensitive skin types.
Psychologically Tea Tree is strengthening and warming. With it’s fresh aroma Tea Tree invigorates the mind, body and spirit, inspiring confidence and dispelling any doom and gloom. It helps strengthen subtle energies. There is so much to love about Tea Tree, that’s why it is one of my favourite Australian essential oils.
Have you used Tea Tree essential oil before? Would love to hear what you think of it if you have.
Thanks so much for reading, until next time, have a healthy, happy day!
Michelle x x