What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree oil is extracted from the Melaleuca altermifolia tree. It is a small tree native to Australia. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of leaves. Tea tree leaves has been traditionally used by Australian aborigines for centuries as a source of valuable therapeutic oil.
Nowadays it has become so popular that it is grown literally all around the world and revered for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It has a strong distinctive smell and is greenish yellow in appearance. Tea tree oil has a wide variety of uses and benefits.
Here are the most popular and best known uses and benefits for Tea tree oil:
1# Treats acne
You can make a mask to treat acne. Take a little bit of Tea Tree Oil (2-3 drops) and mix it with 1 tablespoon each of honey and yogurt. Apply this mask in a thin layer and leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse off your face. In just few weeks time this mask can relieve you from acne.
2# Removes skin tags
Just apply a few drops of tea tree oil and those little tags will dry right up.
3# Cures toenail fungus and Athlete’s foot
Fungal infections such as toenail fungus and Athlete’s Foot can be treated with tea tree oil. Apply directly to the feet and toenails.
4# Tea Tree Oil has been found as an effective treatment for warts.
5# Helps heal and soothe sunburns
A few drops of Tea Tree Oil added to Aloe Vera or body lotion will help soothe sunburn.
6# Removes dandruff effectively
Tea tree oil is also an effective treatment of dandruff – due to its ability to treat Malassezia furfur, the most common cause of the condition.
7# Fights persistent body odor
Add a few drops to your deodorant or mix a small amount into your baths, this will help to combat body odor that just won’t quit.
8# Treats psoriasis and other skin conditions
9# Removes nail polish stains
Tea tree oil can also be used on stained finger nails by applying a few drops directly to the finger nail, then buffing the nail until stain is removed.
10# Helps to prevent lice naturally
Just add a few drops to your shampoo.
11# Soothes dry scalp
In select amounts, Tea Tree is amazing at soothing scalp dryness.
12# Soothes insect bites
Add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to Aloe Vera or body lotion to help soothe insect bites.
13# Relieves itchiness from rashes
Apply 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil in your moisturizer during your morning and night skin routine. You can also apply to skin blemishes and rashes as part of a daily cleansing program.
14# Works as a facial moisturizer
You can mix Tea Tree Oil with a bottle of fractionated coconut oil and use it as a great facial moisturizer.
15# Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions
when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
16# Baby bottom remedy
Mix Tea Tree Oil with Coconut Oil to make a diaper paste for baby’s irritated skin.
17# Works as an antiseptic on small cuts
Tea tree oil is great for small skin injuries since it has antiseptic properties.
18# Heals skin infections naturally
Its potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties helps kill the bacteria and fungi that causes things like ringworm, Candida skin infections, athlete’s foot and other “Gross Skin Diseases”.
19# Prevents any skin irritation after shaving
Apply after shaving to prevent any skin irritation.
20# Can be used in a homemade toothpaste recipe
Mix 1 or 2 drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of baking soda. To improve the taste add a drop of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil. Shake well to combine.
21# Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner
Dilute 1 teaspoon of Tea tree oil with water in a spray bottle. Use this mixture in the bathroom or in damp places around the house.
22# Keeps your bathroom fresh
Mix 10 drops of Tea tree oil with ¼ cup vinegar and ½ cup baking soda to clean the toilet and keep it fresh.
23# Freshen laundry
Add a few drops of Tea tree oil to laundry detergent to scent your clothes.
24# Kills mold
Mix tea tree oil with apple cider vinegar and spray on mold.
25# Can be used in a homemade natural deodorant
If you use an all-natural deodorant, adding a little Tea Tree Oil gives it a brand-new superpower. It’ll make your skin feel even cleaner!
Precautions when using tea tree oil!
1. Do not swallow tea tree oil. Apply it only externally!
2. If buying Tea Tree Oil in its natural form it should not be applied to the skin full strength. Dilute it in an oil such as olive, apricot, almond, avocado or coconut oil. 1 ounce (2 tbs) tea tree oil to 4 ounces (1/2 cups) or more of the oil of your choice.
Some people suffer sensitivity to Tea tree oil so it is best to apply to a small area and see if you get any adverse reaction when applying on your face. It is best to avoid using it all over the face, unless you are using a facial wash or treatment with Tea Tree Oil extract in which case it should be gentle enough to use.
Where to by tea tree essential oil?
You can purchase tea tree essential oil of premium quality here through amazon.