Getting down to essentials: Tea Tree Essential Oil

Australia may be known for its unusual animal life – think Koala and Kangaroo – but “Down Under” also boasts a range of beneficial plants, which we have come to depend on for our health and well-being. Tea Tree Essential Oil, for example, comes from the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia, a tall shrub in the myrtle family.  With its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties, Tea Tree Oil has become a popular alternative and complementary treatment in many areas around the world.

 

We can thank the discovery of Tea Tree Oil to the 18th century British explorer, James Cook. He found the tree on the southeastern Australian coast and made a spicy tea from the leaves to prevent scurvy among his crew.  Even before then, for thousands of years, Australian aboriginal communities used Tea Tree Oil to treat skin conditions. However, it was not until the 1920s that the antiseptic properties of the oil became known following publication of a series of papers by Arthur Penfold, a research chemist and director of the Sydney Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences from 1927-1955.  After the publication of Penfold’s papers, Tea Tree Oil became a household name in other parts of the globe for use in a range of home and personal care applications and products.

 

Tea Tree Oil today is used worldwide as both neat oil, which is an essential oil applied to the skin undiluted, as well as an active component in a range of topical medicinal and household cleaning product. A few drops of Tea Tree Oil added to an oil diffuser create an air purifier.

 

Tea Tree Oil for Skin

When it comes to skin care, Tea Tree Oil is recommended for treating infections and fungal problems.  It also is known for treating minor wounds and cuts and to encourage healing as well as prevent infection. Tea Tree Oil generally should be diluted in carrier oils, such as coconut or jojoba for applications such as these.

Since it also blends well with many other oils, it is popular for aromatherapy. With so many uses, you should consider opportunities to use Tea Tree Oil in client skin care and massage sessions. It is available from BIOTONE in our ½ ounce or 2 Fl. Ounce 100 percent Tea Tree Essential Oil.

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