Monday, November 12, 2007

The Beauty Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has become the latest addition to the list of ingredients that pack not only a powerful punch in the beauty world but in our health as well. Native to Australia, tea tree oil products are now sold worldwide. If you’re looking for something new to add to your beauty or health regimen, tea tree oil may be your answer.

Tea tree oil comes from the tea tree, which is a tree or shrub with needlelike leaves (think of a cypress tree) with soft, thick white bark and white flowers that bloom in the summertime. Tea trees can reach heights of up to eight feet and grow quickly. While originally from Australia, the tea tree is also cultivated and distributed in places such as New South Wales and the south Pacific. When the leaves are crushed, tea tree oil is released.

Tea tree oil has been used for years in traditional medicine and is very effective due to its ability to effectively fight against bacteria, fungi and viruses - a feat many other ingredients and chemicals cannot do alone. The use of tea tree oil has been the most significant in skincare. From troublesome skin conditions such as eczema and acne, to run of the mill cuts and bruises, tea tree oil is the ideal solution. When used to treat acne, tea tree oil reduces swelling, redness and scarring that commonly occur. This wonder oil even treats athlete’s foot. If you suffer from cold sores, a dab of tea tree oil to the area in the early stages prevents the cold sore from getting worse or spreading. Because of its ability to be easily absorbed into the skin, try adding ten drops of pure tea tree oil to your favorite body lotion or moisturizer to ensure smooth, soft and hydrated skin. Both men and women who shave or wax often can find relief by applying a few drops of tea tree oil to the area to reduce redness or swelling. Massaging the oil into the skin can even eliminate ingrown hairs.

As wonderful as it is for the skin, this essential oil isn’t just limited to skincare. The use of tea tree oil has also been found to be successful at treating dandruff. There are a number of tea tree oil based hair care products including shampoos and conditioners. Dry hair can also greatly benefit from a touch of tea tree oil. To treat dry and damaged hair, you can either purchase tea tree oil shampoo or pure tea tree oil, which you can add to your regular shampoo. Regular use of tea tree oil on the hair and scalp unclogs hair follicles, moisturizes and prevents bacteria and fungal problems from attacking the scalp.

The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil also make it ideal for use as a mouthwash. If you plan on going to the dentist anytime soon or want to keep cavities at bay, rinse out your mouth with pure tea tree oil twice a day to keep bacteria away, reduce the chances for plaque and to maintain healthy gums.

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