Sanitizing, venous and lymphatic decongestant, purifying, toning, this is the modest list of benefits that we would give to tea tree, or more often than not seen on labels under the name of tea tree !
Obtained after steam distillation of its thorny leaves, the essential oil of Tea tree, a true divinity among plants or shall we say the enchanting siren who thwarts skin affections, is reputed to be the great oil of infectious states.
Recognized for its antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties, tea tree essential oil is a must for a multitude of difficult skin conditions, including yeast infection, or the battle on the forehead against small impurities and pimples! In this regard, tea tree essential oil is believed to promote healing of mild wounds and help prevent infection. The antiseptic properties of tea tree essential oil are said to make it suitable for relieving all kinds of common infections, including cuts and abrasions, as well as insect bites and stings.
Throughout history !
The name "tea tree" is said to have been given by Captain James Cook during his trip around the world, when in 1770, he landed on the east coast of Australia and the sailors made tea with the leaves of a tree. of the Myrtaceae family. The tea tree oil has virtues that are believed to be involved in skin conditions such as skin fungus, herpes, acne, warts and chronic wounds with resistant or not germs.
“Meekness is the fullness of strength.”
- Alphonse Gratry
Daily, concretely ?
When tea tree essential oil is integrated into a cosmetic product, its richness in active agents would help to cleanse the skin in depth and prevent the accumulation of bacteria and excess sebum. This is one reason why Jardins Phlox includes it in its Mephisto soap for difficult / rebellious / combination / oily skin (acne, psoriasis, eczema, ulcers, ingrown hairs, rosacea, etc.).
Myth or reality ?
The essential oil of tea tree would eliminate several pathogenic fungi, and also fight various bacteria, some of which are resistant to powerful antibiotics, while sparing the skin flora. The effectiveness of this oil is said to be attributed to its ability to mix with lipids in the skin, allowing it to effectively and rapidly attack the infectious agent.
The essential oil may also be effective against acne. In particular, a study confirmed the superiority of this essential oil over a placebo in terms of the number of lesions and the severity of acne (1). A study performed with a gel made from 5% tea tree essential oil showed similar results (2). Another study even came to the conclusion that a product containing 5% of this essential oil is as effective as a product containing 5% benzoyl peroxide (3), known to treat inflammatory acne. However, the results take longer to be seen but the side effects are less numerous, that is to say, it would lead to less flaking, drying of the skin and itching than the pharmaceutical lotion.
Tic Toc, it's tea time !
1. Cao H, Yang G, Wang Y, et al., Complementary therapies for acne vulgaris, Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2015
2. Enshaieh S, Jooya A, Siadat AH, et al., The efficacy of 5% topical tea tree oil gel in mild to moderate acne vulgaris: a randomized, double-blind placebo controlled study, Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, 2007
3. Bassett IB, Pannowitz DL, Barnetson RS, A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne, Med J Aust, 1990