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Prosthetic Skincare Ingredient Focus: Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil can be commonly found in various skincare and cleaning products. This is because the essential oil can be used for several purposes, from healing wounds to disinfecting the skin. Aside from these benefits, tea tree oil is especially popular because of its low cost; it’s also generally safe when used as directed.

The tea tree oil is a prosthetic skincare ingredient favorite. 

The origin of tea tree oil  

The popular essential oil is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, also known as tea tree, which is native to Australia, particularly in Southeast Queensland and the eastern Australian coast. Australian natives are said to have used the tea tree leaf extract to treat illnesses, like cough and colds, and skin infections for centuries. 

To reap its numerous benefits, they would soak the leaves to make tea or crush them. The crushed leaves are then either inhaled or sprinkled on wounds. 

Benefits and uses   

Tea tree oil has many known benefits, the chief of which is its ability to treat infections and eliminate harmful bacteria. This is why the ingredient can be found in numerous personal hygiene and household cleaning products. It’s also excellent for aromatherapy purposes as it’s known to help with brain fog, stress, and fatigue.  

We discuss four of the essential oil's numerous uses below.

All-purpose cleaner  

Its antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral characteristics make the tea tree oil effective as an active ingredient in all-natural all-purpose cleaners. Many prefer organic tea tree oil cleansers to clean their prosthesis and supplies because it doesn’t have the chemical-ridden smell of many other cleaners. Tea tree oil cleaners are capable of deep cleaning a prothetic liner without leaving chemical traces that are harmful to your skin.  

Nature’s deodorant  

Tea tree oil’s fresh, camphor-like scent—reminiscent of eucalyptus—is a great way to clear the air in any room. Just put a few drops of the essential oil in a diffuser, and let it naturally deodorize your home.

Prosthetic products that contain the ingredient draw upon its deodorizing properties. It is a known natural alternative to commercial antiperspirants and deodorants.  

In fact, tea tree oil is one of the main ingredients of Amputee Essentials Resilience Shower Wipes, making the bestselling prosthetic wipe an excellent option for fighting odors and preventing infections. 

These prosthetic wipes are perfect as the first step in your morning's prosthetic skincare routine. For an instant freshness boost, use the prosthetic wipes on your residual limb and prosthetic liner.

Wound healing  

Its antibacterial properties make it the perfect natural option to disinfect minor wounds. However, don’t put tea tree oil directly on the skin; it’s best to dilute it first with other ingredients. To create a natural wound balm, put one drop of tea tree oil on to one teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply a small amount of this mixture to minor cuts and scrapes ones or twice daily.  

Soothe skin inflammation  

Tea tree oil is particularly popular in the beauty and cosmetics industry because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that tea tree oil can help soothe symptoms of skin irritation, such as redness and itching. 

If you have inflamed skin, relieve it by using an all-natural mixture. To create this mixture, put 10 drops of tea tree oil on to one tablespoon of melted coconut oil and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Apply this treatment to the affected area twice a day.

Inexpensive and all-natural  

Tea tree oil is one of the most used natural ingredients that treat skin irritations and infections, cleans surfaces, and induces a relaxed and clearheaded state through aromatherapy. The best part: it’s inexpensive and all-natural.

Keep in mind that some people experience an allergic reaction or skin irritation because of it. So, it’s best to always test a small area of your skin before using any skincare products.   

What do you think of these four uses of tea tree oil? Also, have you tried our prosthetic wipes with tea tree oil? Please leave a comment below.
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