TEA TREE OIL: THE ORGANIC SOLUTION TO ACNE + RADHA BEAUTY TEA TREE OIL PRODUCT REVIEW!

by Christina


THE HISTORY OF TEA TREE OIL:

Tea Tree oil (TTO) is also known by another name- Melaleuca oil and it has a wide range of medicinal and beneficial properties. The oil is derived from the tree's twigs and leaves and is native to Southeast Queensland, Australia, and parts of New South Wales; it's extracted through a steam distillation process. A lot of the information and research available today comes from "folk-medicine" and much of it is not medically proven. 

When it comes to Autralia and New Zealand, tea tree is actually used for several different plants that are related to the myrtle and may have originated from Captain Cook's description of the these shrubs: the Captain used these short trees to make an infused drink similar to his usual tea. As for the commercial production, Tea Tree oil comes from the Melaleuca plant.


WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOUR SKIN:

A study review from NIH in 2012 indicates that a 5% Tea Tree oil topical application can be just as effective as a 5% benzoyl peroxide treatment. It results in less itching, scaling, and all-around irritation than benzoyl peroxide, although it may have slower results than benzoyl peroxide as well! It can be used in combination with glycolic acid and this creates a fantastic- and natural alternative to an exfoliant treatment.

There are antiseptic properties of Tea Tree oil that make it an alternative natural infection fighter against bacteria and fungi; this means that sores, cuts, and acne are great candidates for this oil as it doesn't have all the usual side effects as a lot of the treatments out there do. Lastly, Tea Tree oil provides great moisturization and has great anti-inflammatory effects on the skin {i.e. for sunburns!}  and your scalp- it can even prevent dandruff and strengthen your hair's hold on your scalp too!



PRECAUTIONS ABOUT TEA TREE OIL:

It's listed as safe for most people when applied topically to the skin, although some people have experienced skin irritation and some over-dryness, depending on amounts being used. It should NOT be taken internally and if so, it can cause severe and adverse reactions with the immune system and central nervous system. It's also recommended to NOT use this oil as at full-strength on the skin as well as it can cause toxicity!


BONUS PRODUCT REVIEW:

RADHA BEAUTY 100% pure tea tree oil $14.89*

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This is a fantastic oil that really is versatile and I LOVE that it came in its purest form with a nice glass dropper as well. Radha Beauty really does know good organic quality and this product is no different! They even got the bottle right by creating a well-made, dark blue glass bottle so as to prevent air and light from effecting the oil. I was able to easily get out just the perfect amount that I wanted to add to my lotions and other products before application :)

It worked excellently with a couple of the facial lotions that I have in addition to a moisturizing serum- I noticed the difference with being able to keep breakouts at bay more easily while still being able to apply my other favorite products. You don't need to use much and I would advise to be careful when using Tea Tree oil in general in concentrated form, so you should be able to keep this 4 oz. bottle for a very long while!

I would use 4-5 drops at maximum and that really should be all you would need- if you do use too much it could cause irritation and that's the opposite of what you're trying to achieve! This product also worked very well with the Radha Fractionated Coconut oil since it's a carrier oil too and I felt that a nice plus :) As for the price, it really is VERY affordable and very worth the value for it's wonderful skincare properties with a whole slew of other awesome benefits as well.



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