Essential Spotlight: Tea Tree Oil

We call this our little ‘miracle worker.’ Tea Tree oil is one of the most powerful natural disinfectants on the planet… attacking bacteria with a ferocity that is simply awesome.

The oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Some sources claim that tea tree oil has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It’s used regularly to treat common scalp complaints, including dandruff and psoriasis. When it comes to treating  moderate common acne, topical application of 5% tea tree oil can be more effective than the same application of benzoyl peroxide. Imagine that!

We use a diluted solution of tea tree and aloe (as tea tree used alone can be damaging and corrosive), to power our Oatmeal & Peppermint Face Care series… which is best suited to oily and acne prone skin.

Personally, I’ve been using it for years. I love the stuff.

Essential Spotlight: Chamomile Oil

Organic Essential Chamomile (second only to Lavender) is likely one of the most used essential oils in the Habibi Bath & Body product line.

Chamomile is most commonly in two forms: Roman and German.

Roman chamomile essential oil is the sweeter and more gentle (in fragrance) of the two.  It is also known as English chamomile, sweet chamomile and garden chamomile. It’s cultivated in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco and France.

German chamomile essential oil (stronger scent) is also known by the names of blue chamomile, Hungarian chamomile and single chamomile. It’s mostly cultivated in Hungary, Egypt, Eastern Europe and France.

Both Roman and German chamomile have excellent calming properties, but Roman chamomile is a more effective ‘mood booster.’ It calms irritation and impatience… it’s also reportedly good for treating PMS and other menstrual and menopausal problems.

German chamomile  is really effective on the skin. It contains azulene, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It doesn’t just soothe and calm skin; it’s also known to heal the skin, and help with tissue regeneration.

Both chamomile oils are extracted from the flowers by steam distillation.

We use a proprietary blend of both organic essential oils, to both soothe your skin… and soothe your senses.