By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 05 June 2020Australia’s not known for keeping its best bits hidden away from the rest of the world, well unless you count Tim Tams and Vegemite, but they certainly knew about the wonders of tea tree oil ages before any else did!
First used by the indigenous Bandjaluna and Arakwal tribes, tea tree, also known as Melaleuca alternfolia, was utilised as a traditional medicine to treat an array of ailments. In 1779, Captain James Cook and botanist Sir Joseph Banks discovered the medicinal plant while exploring and encouraged their men to drink teas derived from it to prevent scurvy.
However, the curative properties of tea tree oil weren’t widely recognised until Australian chemist Arthur Penfold published a report of pure tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activities in a series of papers in the 1920s and 1930s.
Shortly after Penfold first reported the medicinal properties of the oil, the tea tree industry was born, with Australian soldiers depending on it during World War II, and Thursday Plantation becoming the world’s first tea tree plantation in 1976!
But why exactly is tea tree oil such a powerhouse for both health and beauty? For starters, it’s naturally antibacterial and antiseptic, meaning that it’s an effective healing ingredient for cuts, grazes, stings, bites, burns and blemishes.
Tea tree oil contains terpinen-4-ol, a proven germicide, and it’s low in para-cymen content to minimise skin irritation, making it safe and comfortable to use for both children and adults. It even contains intense but gentle moisturising properties for both your skin and hair!
Tea tree oil is a natural ‘medicine cabinet in a bottle’, and can be used for a multitude of different tasks, from soothing sore throats, tooth-aches and mouth ulcers, to helping heal nappy rash, fungal infections, itchy scalps and much more. Now, Thursday Plantation has released a brand new product, the Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm, which is your multi-tasking must have in a tube!
This natural, efficacious balm has a fantastic range of uses and benefits. Along with the natural antiseptic properties of 100% pure Tea Tree Oil, Manuka Honey, another incredible health and beauty ingredient that comes from Down Under, provides a moist, low pH environment to promote wound healing. This product is a must have for travel, for days out with the family and daily cuts and scrapes, so be sure to keep a tube in your bag.
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm RRP £9.99 for 30g tube
Available from Boots