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Natural, plastic-free shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and moisturizers offer a completely different experience than most beauty products you’ll find on store shelves. There’s an enhanced sense of calming that comes from the aromas of essential oils and other natural substances that just cannot be achieved from the litany of chemicals and carcinogens listed on many commercial brand items. And considering the differences in effects both good and bad on your skin, hair, and health is a whole other matter!
That matter will be discussed here in regards to one of nature’s most enjoyable and useful essential oils: tea tree oil. The benefits of tea tree oil are surprisingly numerous. At Bubbles & Balms, we use it as an ingredient in many of our essential oil-based cosmetics, and we’re sure you’ll agree that they will drastically improve the experience and results of your beauty and hygiene regimen. Take a look at some of the well-attested benefits of tea tree oil below.
Tea tree oil has nothing to do with the Camellia sinensis plant whose leaves are used to make popular beverages. In fact, tea tree oil - derived from a species of an Australian myrtle tree, the Melaleuca alternifolia - can be highly toxic if ingested. It was drunk by Captain James Cook and his sailors during their voyage in the early 1770s to prevent scurvy, though it was more than likely added in small doses as an infusion. Cook heard about the antiseptic benefits of tea tree oil from the aborigines of Australia and had brought it back for testing in England years beforehand and gave it its commonly known name.
Tea tree oil had been in use extensively afterward as a treatment of skin infections before penicillin was invented in 1928. Tea tree oil contains several phytochemicals including a particular terpene that is thought responsible for its antiseptic properties. Phytochemicals in plants are chemical compounds that help them resist fungi, rot, bacteria, and virus infections.
It was only due to entrepreneurs and a return to “traditional medicine” practices in the western world that tea tree oil lingered on as a commercial product in the early 1900s once penicillin and other treatments came along. Besides being a good antiseptic to prevent skin infection, more benefits of tea tree oil have come to attention through its growing popularity in the essential oils and cosmetic industries, some of which you will read about next. Today, tea trees are grown around the world for the production of tea tree oil and have become a multi-million dollar industry in its own right.
One of the widely held beliefs about the benefits of tea tree oil is that it can help with acne. The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of tea tree oil make it a great natural ingredient in facial soaps and cleansers for people who experience breakouts or have sensitive skin that reacts negatively to harsh chemicals.
At Bubbles & Balms, our Tea Tree & Charcoal Soap utilizes this wonderful, natural essential oil as an ingredient to help you beat breakouts into submission. This face and body soap can help to calm irritated skin and reduce inflammation as well as redness. The charcoal also assists to eliminate oiliness to reveal smooth, clean skin to let you feel refreshed and confident throughout the day!
Many people also report seeing the benefits of tea tree oil in other skin conditions such as psoriasis. Red, itch, scaly patches of skin will receive the relief it craves when using our Tea Tree & Charcoal Soap. For best results, simply wet the bar and lather in your hands before applying the bar to your face or body. Be sure to rinse your face or body completely before toweling off. To extend the life of our soap bar, pat it dry with a towel between uses.
In case you are one of the rare people who experience an allergic reaction to tea tree oil, we have several other products that use natural ingredients to combat acne and sensitive skin. Our Beat The Breakout Night Cream is free of tea tree oil but rich in other essential oils that you and your skin will enjoy, like Grape Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Shea Butter, and more. This gentle moisturizer will nourish your skin without clogging your pores, helping in the fight against acne and promoting a rejuvenated, healthier glow.
The benefits of tea tree oil extend to the hair and scalp, as well. It is an effective active ingredient in the fight against and prevention of dandruff because it removes chemicals and dead skin cells from the scalp. Along with its natural hydrating ability, tea tree oil works to keep your hair healthy and growing.
The Tea Tree & Charcoal Shampoo Bar from Bubbles & Balms is a gentle shampoo bar that works to cleanse and hydrate even the most sensitive of scalps. Experience an invigorating wash with this blend of bergamot, lavender, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils. It’s a natural way to balance oil production with activated charcoal that is free from sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, synthetic preservatives, gluten, and phthalates. If you or anyone in your home suffers from dandruff or a dry scalp, tea tree oil has the soothing, hydrating, and effective remedy needed for a healthier head of hair.
There are many more benefits of tea tree oil you’ll undoubtedly discover for yourself when using any of our natural cosmetics. We have other essential oil-based products using only raw & naturally-derived ingredients to provide the bathing perfection your sensitive skin deserves. Discover the experience and care that only Mother Nature can give by shopping at the Bubbles & Balms online store!