Tea Tree Essential OilEssential Oils for skincare

Our expert Dr 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.

Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil

1. Antibacterial

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Tea Tree Oil’s strong antibacterial properties are well known and have been proven by various studies”.

Tea Tree Essential Oil inhibits the growth of microbes, bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. In fact, it’s so effective that it can cure some of the most dangerous bacterial infections found in the tropics.

2. Helps respiratory system

One of the first uses of Tea Tree Oil was as a remedy for coughs, colds and even bronchitis. Today, its effectiveness is still equally relevant.

With potent antimicrobial properties and active compounds that stimulate the respiratory system, Tea Tree Essential Oil works to clear congestion and provide relief.

3. Detoxify

Tea Tree Oil is a sudorific substance, meaning that it increases sweating and promotes the removal of toxins from the body. It also cleanses the skin’s pores.

4. Stimulant

Tea Tree Essential Oil is extremely popular in aromatherapy thanks to its stimulating effect on hormones, circulation and the immune system, which can all improve health and wellbeing.

5. Improve oral health

Thanks to its strong antibacterial and antiseptic elements, Tea Tree Oil kills the bacteria found in your mouth that can cause bad breath and other problems.

Dr Couic Marinier goes on to explain, “it’s particularly effective for treating mouth ulcers, tooth abscesses and gingivitis”.

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.

If you’re suffering from acne-prone skin, other Essential Oils such as Lavender Oil and Clary Sage Oil can also be highly effective.

Soothe

Armed with anti-inflammatory properties, Tea Tree Essential Oil is a great natural remedy to calm skin and soothe irritations and wounds.

You can also look to Chamomile Oil and Geranium Oil for an extra bout of calming action.

Heal

As a cicatrizant, Tea Tree Oil is extremely healing. Its active compounds work speedily to repair, strengthen and protect the epidermis.

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

#1

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.

#2

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.

#3

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.