Antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic? Too easy, mate!
What is tea tree?
Melaleuca alternifolia is a small tree belonging to the myrtle family and native to Australia. It has a characteristic papery, shredded bark and grows white flowers during the summer. Its foliage conceals the glands from which the essential oil is extracted.
What are the benefits of tea tree?
- Tea tree has a fresh and powerful herbal scent.
- It keeps the scalp and skin clean and spotless thanks to its antimicrobial (antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic) properties and its ability to balance sebum production and soothe irritation.
- Used in deodorants, tea tree powder absorbs sweat and limits the growth of body odour-producing bacteria.
Did you know?
You may have asked yourself the question: "Is tea tree tea?" Absolutely not. It is said that the plant was so named by the first British explorers who arrived in New South Wales, Australia, after seeing Bundjalung people making infusions with the leaves. In fact, the Bundjalung people (indigenous to New South Wales) used tea leaves as a medicine to treat colds and promote wound healing, among other things.
Where does Lush source tea tree?
Lush buys tea tree oil from Australia - which is not really a surprise as it’s the only place where you can get it! To find out more about our other tea tree materials suppliers, browse your Lush product’s list of ingredients and click on the ones you are interested in. This should take you to a page full of details!