NOV 2018

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in focus by Alisha Racker © GETTY IMAGES Tea Tree is essential oil, known as nature's fi rst aid, is ideal for rescuing and beautifying spa-goers' skin. [10] • # dayspamagazine • november 2018 T he name "tea tree" is said to have been coined by explorer Captain James Cook in the 18th century after he brewed leaves from a Melaleuca alternifolia tree to create a spicy and refreshing drink. Native to the subtropical regions of New South Wales and Queensland, Au stralia, tea tree is a powerhouse essential oil extracted via steam distillation and regarded for its antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infl ammatory and antiviral properties. For centuries, people in "the land Down Under" were believed to have applied it topically to help heal wounds and skin infections, and even inhaled crushed leaves to combat respiratory issues. In fact, its strong, spicy scent is in the aromatic family of eucalyptus—hence, tea tree boasts similar respiration and immunity-boosting benefi ts. There are 300 diff erent varieties of the plant, but Melaleuca alternifolia is associated most commonly with the tea tree used for aromatherapy and skin care, making it a staple in many spa spaces. £ Australians often refer to tea tree as a "fi rst-aid kit in a bottle." £ Once distilled, its leaves produce a pale yellow or colorless oil that has a strong camphor-like odor with spicy, medicinal notes. QUICK FACTS

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