tea tree

noun

Definition of tea tree 

1 : any of various Australasian shrubs or small trees (genus Leptospermum) of the myrtle family that form dense thickets and have aromatic evergreen foliage

2 : any of various melaleucas (especially Melaleuca alternifolia) with aromatic leaves that yield an essential oil used especially as an antiseptic

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Esthetician and skin-care expert Renée Rouleau recommends using a mask with ingredients like sulfur, camphor, salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and clay, like her Rapid Response Detox Masque. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Rid of Bacne: Acne Tips and Tricks," 1 June 2018 My dresser drawers became filled with supplements, like turmeric and zinc; special soaps; tea tree oil; and disposable sweat pads for when my underarms were open wounds and draining fluid and pus. Allyson Byers, SELF, "I Have a Rare, Chronic Skin Condition, and I Went to Questionable Lengths Looking for a Cure," 1 June 2018 The formula includes flaxseed oil, which allegedly absorbs sebum with the strength of a thousand oil blotting papers, while tea tree oil supposedly tightens pores. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Primer Will Refine Pores and Provide Free Museum Tours to Kids," 24 May 2018 This Allure Best of Beauty winner contains witch hazel and biotin in addition to a soothing blend of peppermint, spearmint, and tea tree oil, all of which work in tandem to calm an itchy, irritated scalp. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Use Witch Hazel on Acne-Prone Skin, According to Dermatologists," 10 May 2018 Scientists discovered the children were using lavender and tea tree oils. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Lavender, tea tree oils linked to abnormal breast growth in young boys," 22 Mar. 2018 Add 2 tablespoons witch hazel and 10 drops tea tree oil to a 2-ounce glass spray bottle. Sunset, "Your Guide To Essential Oils," 22 Jan. 2018 Now, a new study suggests that compounds in essential oils — specifically lavender and tea tree oil — may have properties that can disrupt hormones. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "Are Essential Oils Safe?," 19 Mar. 2018 However, a study determined chemicals in lavender and tea tree oils may cause hormonal changes in young boys. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Lavender, tea tree oils linked to abnormal breast growth in young boys," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tea tree

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tea tree

from the use of an infusion of their leaves as a beverage

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