5 FAST FACTS FRIDAY: TEA TREE OIL
Whoohoo! It’s Friday! Sorry for all the exclamation points and bold text but in case you haven’t noticed: it’s nearly the weekend to celebrate with this week’s 5 Fast Facts Friday post about tea tree oil. If you are a little lost on the topic of aromatherapy and essential oils, don’t worry. We covered aromatherapy in a previous 5 Fast Facts post. If you have heard of aromatherapy, or if you’ve ever walked down the shampoo aisle, you’ve probably heard of tea tree oil, which is arguably the most recognizable essential oil. Here’s 5 fast facts:
1) Tea tree oil is also called melaleuca oil, and it comes from a tree that is native only to Australia.
2) It has anti-bacterial qualities, and it is a more powerful anti-septic than carbolic acid.
3) It can be used to treat acne, and while it may take longer than benzoyl peroxide, it has less side effects.
4) It has anti-fungal properties.
5) It wards off bugs like fleas and ticks.
All that and it smells great. If you’re in the market for tea tree oil, look for therapeutic grade oil, sold in amber or blue colored glass. Have a great weekend!
P.S. Bonus fact: A few drops of tea tree oil and some water makes a great yoga mat cleaner, thanks to its anti-bacterial/fungal qualities. The 30Fifteen Team uses it all the time.