Monday, 23 October 2017 18:57

The Powerful Benefits of Tea Tree

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The powerful healing benefits of tea tree date back to the 18th century, when British sailors landed on the southeast shores of Australia and discovered massive groves of trees thick with sticky, aromatic leaves. The leaves of these trees, which was later named the Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), had been used for many years to treat cuts and wounds.

Tea tree oil is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, which is native to southeast Queensland and New South Wales in Australia; it has been widely used in Australia for many decades as a treatment for viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Today the popularity of tea tree oil has increased due to its well- known benefits, including its powerful antiseptic properties and healing ability. It is widely used in a range of products throughout the pharmaceutical, therapeutic, cosmetic, veterinary, industrial, and household product industries.

Tea tree is present in many popular household products, such as cleaning and cosmetic products (face washes, shampoos, massage oils, and skin and nail creams) as a result of its many benefits. Even some laundry detergents contain tea tree! The topical benefits of tea tree include antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which are very effective when treating skin conditions such as acne, bacterial infections, chickenpox, fungal infections, earaches, dry cuticles, and psoriasis. Tea tree is a popular replacement of conventional medications as it is extremely effective and does not have the adverse side effects that many medications might. When applied to the skin, tea tree has powerful antioxidant properties that can significantly improve the appearance of blemishes and scars. It can also provide relief from cough, cold, bronchitis, and congestion by being applied it to the chest area and inhaled while sleeping. It is important, however, to never ingest tea tree oil; it should only be used as a topical agent.

There are also many other household uses for tea tree, including deodorizing, removing mold, cleaning, repelling insects, and freshening laundry. When found in deodorants, it can act as a powerful deodorizing agent and eliminates not only the smell of body odor, but also the bacteria and toxins that can increase its potency. Tea tree can also be very effective against insects by acting as a strong repellent and insect killer.

When tea tree is used in cosmetics, such as in post-waxing care products, it helps to soothe the skin, provide an antibacterial component, and enhance the healing of the area that has been waxed. It is very gentle on the skin and will not cause burning or irritation. Clients very rarely have an allergy to tea tree, which could cause an adverse reaction. It is important to always consult with clients prior to applying products to their skin.

Tea tree continues to grow in its popularity and is a proven “super hero” essential oil. Its use in pre- and post-treatment products offer powerful healing and antiseptic results. Educating clients on the benefits of tea tree for use at home and in treatments will prove beneficial to both clients and skin care professionals.

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