The Melaleuca Tree

Melaleuca tree The benefits of tea tree oil have been known to us for centuries and the plant was originally used by the aboriginal peoples of Australia for a variety of medicinal purposes. They used to boil the leaves of the the Melaleuca tree down into a rich tea that was used to help treat everything from viral infections and could even be applied topically to the skin or hair in order to heal cuts and wounds as well as to clean with.

The melaleuca trees healing properties were only discovered by a westerner in 1770 when Captain James Cook landed on what is now known as Australia. After meeting with the local inhabitants, they told him about the healing properties of a tree that he had seen growing in groves around the island. After realizing what he had stumbled upon, he decided to take some of the leaves back with him in order to help treat his men on board the ship from diseases like scurvy or fever.

However, it was only until a chemist named Arthur Penfold came across the healing properties of the melaleuca tree, that it’s true healing potential could be harnessed. He realized that the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of the trees oil could be used for more specific medical purposes and decided to create an essential oil from the leaves and bark of the tree through a process known as steam distillation. The resulting product was a highly concentrated version of the trees natural oils and was considered to be more effective than many of the generic antibacterial and antiseptic treatments of the time. It was also 100% natural, so patients and doctors wouldn’t have to worry as much about allergic reactions or chemical damage occurring during or after operations.

Since the advent of tea tree oil as we know it today, the oil has been added to nearly every kind of personal and general cleansing product you can think of. In terms of personal products, tea tree oil shampoo is one of the most popular products that you’ll be likely to find on the market.
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This is because tea tree oil shampoo is highly effective at cleansing the skin, hair and scalp and can work wonders in terms of relieving you of any irritation or dryness that may occur on your scalp. This generally tends to be the leading cause of dandruff and is best treated by using a mild – yet effective, natural antibacterial treatment to help kill off any bacteria that may be causing the infection to become worse. I’ve been using tea tree oil shampoo for a number of years and found that it helped me retain my hairs natural sense of moisture, while encouraging stronger hair growth and generally fresher hair altogether.

When you use conventional shampoos, you tend to do more harm to your hair than you would without using them in the first place. Tea tree oil shampoo is the perfect alternative for those looking for something that’s both effective and yet mild on our skin as well.

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Essential Oils And Their Benefits

essential oils 5 Are essential oils really all they’re cracked up to be? I say – yes. While it is true that modern western medicine has a lot of ways and means of treating some harsh diseases, they have not figured out preventive medicine to the extent that older traditions have. A lot of the approach has to do with mind and body, and that is one area where modern medicine is lagging behind.

I mean, even the fact that ancient traditions are called an “alternative” are sometimes mind-boggling. You’re gonna call a 3000 year old tradition an alternative? But on the other hand, many other 3000 year old ideas have been debunked (e.g. the world is flat, and similar ideas). Nevertheless, there is something about calling them an alternative which gets to me. But I digress.

Essential oils – whether massaged into the skin, inhaled, or applied topically – are some of the most powerful medicinal substances around. There isn’t much that hasn’t been said, and I just want to give my two cents on the matter. I have been putting olive and peppermint oil in my beard and hair for a while in an attempt to help them stay strong and resilient. I think I need toessential oils 3 give it more time before giving my verdict. But it is not just about hair. I have used essential oils for cleaning, for keeping away bugs, for help myself and the kids sleep. Tons of uses. There are so many different ways to enjoy the power of essential oils, and there has never been a time as this before, where everything is readily available online and in shops all over the world. What once had to be shipped over and would be so very rare, is now an item which is in so many stores and locations. Amazing.

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Argan Jargin



When people tell me that they do not do anything special on their hair, and that person is not a man with a buzz cut, I get a little skeptical. I mean, this is only in the case where their hair actually looks nice, if their hair looks like a mess, I just feel pity upon hearing of their lack of hair care. It is just ridiculous to hear that people do not care about how they look. These people could be putting in just a tiny bit of extra work, and they would look much better, but they do not for some undiscernible reason.

I mean, they might say that it is just because they are lazy, but that is among the worst excuses I have ever heard. It is essentially a person saying that they do not feel like improving themselves just because it is too much work. And then you can see these same people doing something that betrays their so called laziness. Just like when my friend with long hair spent 40 minutes doing her hair up in braids, despite never conditioning and having the least healthy hair I’ve ever seen. It is silly, she will put effort into the braids, but not into getting a second bottle of things to put in her hair. And you know what, it is not just women, men also should take care of themselves. Just because their hair is not as long as women (for the most part at least), does not mean that they do not need to take care of it.

Even if they do not end up using conditioner, there is another thing that they can do. And that thing is using a betterbenefits-of-argan-oil-shampoo shampoo. You see, if you have a really good shampoo you do not really need conditioner, although conditioner definitely can only help. Basically, if you get a good enough shampoo, you won’t need much of anything else. This is why I have to suggest that you get argan oil shampoo. You see, argan oil shampoo which is reviewed by Maple Holistics is pretty much the greatest shampoo I have ever encountered. Argan oil shampoo really does change up the shower game. I mean, argan oil shampoo does the job of both the shampoo and the conditioner, rejuvenating your hair with the moisturizing properties of argan oil. In fact, argan oil shampoo can even be used as a body wash, although you might not want to do that as it is wasteful. I mean, technically all shampoos can be used as a body wash, but the operative word there is can. That in no way means that you should use argan oil shampoo as a body wash. Do not worry though, as there is almost definitely argan oil body was in order to get all the moisturizing goodness of argan oil on your body during shower times. There is definitely argan oil moisturizing cream though, to go with your argan oil shampoo. So you can actually get a full suite of argan oil products to make your bath time experience complete.

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Whole Lot of Good With Jojoba

To continue from my last post, let’s talk Jojoba oil. Our body has a natural oil, called the sebum. It is produced by the sebaceous glands, which then bring the oil to the surface, and help protect the skin against unwanted elements, and provide the body with a natural smoothness and shine.

There are many hydrating products, meant primarily for the skin, which attempt to emulate the sebum’s pH balance and consistency. A substance which is very similar to the body’s sebum is the oil of the jojoba plant.

The jojoba’s oil contains vitamin E, B complex vitamins, silicon, and several minerals. It is very high in iodine, which is partly what gives jojoba oil its power to heal. It also contains fatty acids, which turns it into a moisturizing wonder. Ironic, considering its natural habitat.

desertJojoba is native to dry, hot regions, such as the deserts of California and Mexico. Its seeds hold an impressive amount of oil within them, all things considered, and they are perfect for use in restoring the body’s natural sebum-production.

If you are experiencing dry skin, dry hair, dry scalp, flaking, or irritation – it could all very well be the result of a pH unbalance. By using a product like jojoba’s essential oil, you are able to give the body and skin some of its shine and vitality back. Being overexposed to damaging elements, such as the chemicals and artificial perfumes found in many cosmetics and hygiene products, can be detrimental for your skin, and especially your face, since it is out in the open air most of the time, unlike other body parts which are usually covered.

Looking for a lotion with strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties? Go for something with jojoba in it as a main ingredient. Maple Holistics makes some effective Jojoba oil based lotions and soaps.  It is one of the body’s most beneficial oils, especially when used more frequently.

NOTE: follow instructions, and use any essential oils in moderation. The jojoba can do a lot of good things, but like all good things in needs to be taken in measure.applying

Jojoba’s oil has many uses: it can be used as a makeup remover, a lube, a skin softener, a shampoo, a hair conditioner, a scalp massager, and an all-around moisturizer. There are also those who use it while shaving, and they report that the plant can help prevent burns and keep the skin smooth.

As for its more ‘medical’ kinds of benefits, jojoba can help with chapped lips; cracked feet; dryness of hands, fingers, and toe cuticles; eczema; psoriasis; acne; and other skin conditions. More studies are needed in order to clinically validate these claims, but the jojoba has had enough research done on it to make it a staple in many American households.

Jojoba wasn’t always America’s first choice. For many years and decades, the use of whale oil was very common. Following a ban on whale oil importing, people sought a new hope, and that was given to them in the shape of the jojoba plant. Jojoba is now used as the basis for many different kinds of products, and it is growing ever more popular.

When Life Gives You Oranges…Oil

When life gives you lemons, don’t you dare make lemonade! What are you doing making lemonade, when you are sitting on such a gold mine! Peel one of those ‘life oranges’, and squeeze the skin between your fingers. You smell that, my friend? That is essence of orange, right there. Yes, indeed. The essential oil which the orange yields is very concentrated, and very beneficial. I should rename my blog “topical” topics after this post:)

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The uses of orange essential oil are many, and among them are:

Medically – this essential oil is used for treating the common cold, a slow digestive system, gas, the flu, and even stress. Some use it in their mouthwash, since it has the ability to fight sores and other oral unpleasantness.

Cosmetically – it is used as a skin revitalizer and healer. Oranges famously contain vitamin C, and this is also true to the fruit’s essential oil. Rich with vitamin C, it is able to act as an anti-ager, and fight wrinkles, sunburns, spots, and other skin-related issues.

Other ways of using the orange’s essential oil include:

Mood-heightener / relaxer / chill out session starter – put a few drops in an aromatherapy diffuser, and let it burn slowly. The oil’s fumes have a very calming effect when inhaled, and they can really help unwind after a long day. Works very well in the bath or shower.

All-around kitchen cleaner – take a squirt bottle, and add orange essential oil to water. Perhaps consider adding another essential oil, such as a kind of mint, to the mix. Your call. You now have a great cleaner. Depending on the concentration, it can get rid of many different kinds of stains, grease, and grime.

General revitalizing tonic – this may be an obscure one, which is why I didn’t add it to the medical benefits. Orange essential oil is seen by many as a general remedy. You don’t need to suffer from any kinds of condition to use it. It is wonderful as a standalone “body maintainer”. It keeps you in shape and protects you.

Orange essential oil can help out with any and all systems, physical and mental. It is a wonderful oil which I feel is overlooked, sometimes. With so many other popular oils, such as lavender and rosemary, or the amazing Australian tea tree, it is easy to sidestep an oil made from a citrus fruit which we encounter on a daily / weekly / monthly / seasonal basis. We are used to oranges, so maybe we think less of them.peel

Either way, I hope this little post was able to broaden your orange horizons, and give you a different perspective on this common fruit. It helps your body to do what it is already doing, and it boosts its functions. Get rid of gas and toxins, improve immunity, and facilitate healthy loss of fat, with the orange’s essential oil. Because it is so prevalent, it may be overlooked, but it is certainly one of the most essential oils there are. I leave it up to you, to make that discovery for yourself.