You’ve seen it at the Whole Foods and Fresh Market stores in the organic section. Tea tree oil is one of the many essential oils that have tons of benefits. I’ll get into all of that later. First, you need to know what it is and why it’s so darn popular.
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Unlike what most people think, tea tree oil does not come from the same plant that drinking tea comes from. It also does not come from tea oil. However, here’s where it does come from, it is extracted from the leaves and small twigs of the tea tree. The extraction process is known as steam distillation. This oil comes from Australia and is used by many locals as a natural healing agent. The essential oil is so powerful that it’s made readily available throughout the entire world.
Tea tree oil is the most sought after natural cure products. With no exaggeration at all, this product can literally cure almost any tropical infections. Whatever you do, you must never try and ingest it in the wrong manner. If so, you may be putting your life at risk. The oil is only allowed to be applied in a topical manner. It can really boost your immune system and even protect your skin but it must be used properly in order for that to happen.
There are many benefits to using this oil. I’ve listed out a nice selection of the wonderful benefits below and what it can do to help you and your body overall. For those of you that get hung up on research, feel free to take a look at more than 300 studies that reference tea tree oil and it’s ability to fight off microbes. The antimicrobial power that it possesses is absolutely incredible.
Tea tree oil is often used to assist the healing process of those suffering from:
Acne, bacterial infections, chickenpox, cold sores, fungal infections, bad breath, head lice, psoriasis, itchiness from insect bites, earaches and more. It’s also known for having many household uses such as natural deodorant, insect repellent, foot odor destroyer, mold remover, household cleaner and many other things.
Depending on the type of doctor that you see, you may be prescribed essential oils like tea tree oil to treat certain conditions versus traditional pharmaceuticals. The main reason for this is likely due to the healing properties it has without all the harsh side effects that using some pharmaceuticals can have. I can’t say that I’ve ever read anything bad about any essential oils, especially tea tree oil.
Here are a few of the many uses of tea tree oil. Please keep in mind that these are primarily home remedies and natural cures.
It’s only appropriate that I start with the most common use of tea tree oil. This is one of the most popular skin care ingredients in products today. The use of it might even be the most widely used natural home remedy ingredients when it comes to clearing up acne. People believe that tea tree oil is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide.
If you want to create your own homemade tea tree acne face wash you can do so. It’s a simple mixture of five drops of oil and two teaspoons of raw honey. Just be sure that you don’t have any allergies to honey before using it.
Ask any hairdresser what they use to try and reduce dryness or even flaky skin from their scalp. Chances are that they might mention this ingredient. It’s great for your scalp and even your hair in general. Why? Well, because it can help soothe your skin, remove any dandruff and can even help you treat head lice (if necessary). A simple do-it-yourself mixture for your hair would be mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with coconut milk and lathering up your hair. This will leave your hair silky smooth and flake free for good!
Need a noninvasive household cleaner? Then I suggest you think about incorporating some of this essential oil as a household cleaner. This product is commonly used in the creating of household cleaners due to its antimicrobial properties. It can literally kill off many types of bacteria that exist in your home. For those interested in creating some sort of homemade cleanser, simply mix the essential oil, vinegar, and lemon oil. This mixture is perfect for wiping down your counters, sinks, and even bathroom toilets.
Eczema and Skin Rashes
Skin rashes such as eczema and psoriasis often cause inflammation of the skin. Skin inflammation can be reduced by simply applying a small amount of tea tree. If you want to get fancy at home, you can mix together some coconut oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil and create your very own natural eczema relief lotion. This should help relieve some of the itchiness that can be caused by these types of conditions.
If you ever find yourself with an infected cut, do not be afraid to apply tea tree oil and lavender oil to the open would. Before doing so, make sure you properly disinfect the cut. Once disinfected, apply the recently concocted homemade ointment and place a band-aid on your wound. This essential oil is so strong that it can effectively fight off even the strongest infections such as staph and MRSA.
Fungus and Ringworm
Our skin is so sensitive and certain areas can become breeding grounds for fungus and ringworm. Thankfully, tea tree oil has the ability to kill off fungal infections and parasites that live on our skin. It’s a common product used to treat toenail fungus and even to remove warts. However, the process is rather slow. It takes at least 30 days with multiple applications daily in order for it to work. However, if you stick to the strict application and healing process, you will find that this method does work.
Sure there are plenty of other solutions and remedies associated with tea tree oil but I cannot list them all out. There are literally far too many for me to do that!
What To Look For
I don’t recommend simply heading to the grocery store and picking up the cheapest bottle of tea tree oil you find. Instead, you need to make sure that the oil that you pick up is a 100% pure essential oil. It’s quite simple to check for this too. Find the label and identify whether or not the label reads “Melaleuca alternifolia.” You also want to look for something that states the product is “100% organic” and “therapeutic grade.” The reason you want to be on the lookout for this is to avoid any toxins, additives or fillers that some products are stuffed with.
The method of storing the oils is also important. You need to try and keep your oil away from light, air and moisture. It’s best to store the oil in a cool, dark, dry place. If you have a glass container available then I suggest storing it in that.
I hate to talk negatively about any essential oil but this needs to be said. If you have sensitive skin then you should take precautions. There’s a good chance that you may end up having a reaction to the oil. If you apply too much then you may begin to feel a slight burning sensation. Also, it’s extremely important that you keep it away from your eyes, mouth, and nose. If you are unsure whether or not you are going to react unfavorably to this oil, then I suggest you patch test it before applying it all your a large area.