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Tea tree oil has been known to being one of the most sought out products when it comes to beauty care. Its purposes vary so much that you need to be using it on daily basis to benefit from all its good. You may end up asking yourself is tea tree oil good for acne? Is tea tree oil good for hair? Is tea tree oil good for your face? The answer to all of those is, YES.
With scientific proof to back those claims, here we will discuss how tea tree oil can make your day with guidance on how to use it safely and effectively.
You see, it helps keep your skin, hair and nails healthy and who here doesn’t want to be healthy inside and out?
To start we need to understand what is tea tree oil and how does it work?
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree found in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia.
It has been mostly used as traditional medicine by the native Australians, Aborigines for centuries. They crush the tea tree leaves to get the oil, to be then inhaled for treatment of coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing.
Today, tea tree oil is widely available as a well as diluted forms, ranging from 5–50% strength in products designed for the skin.
It also has germ-fighting properties making it a valued natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection.
Uses and benefits of this versatile oil:
1. Fight Acne:
Tea tree oil can be a powerful weapon against acne. Several studies have shown that it helps reduce the amount and overall severity of acne.
In one study, applying a 5% tea tree gel to acne lesions was shown to be more than three times as effective at reducing the number of lesions than a placebo. It was nearly six times as effective in reducing severity.
Alternatively, you can make your own acne treatment by mixing one-part tea tree oil with nine parts water and
applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed.
Tea tree oil-based acne gels can be purchased at natural grocery stores or from online retailers.
Here is a list of products that can be used:
2. Control Dandruff:
Dandruff, or white flakes of dead skin that fall from the scalp, isn’t dangerous. However, it can be annoying and embarrassing. No one wants dandruff on their hair!
In a four-week study, the group who used a shampoo containing tea tree oil had a 40% improvement in dandruff. The tea tree group reported significant improvements in dandruff severity, itchiness and greasiness.
To help reduce dandruff, try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a dollop of shampoo when washing your hair.
3. Hand Sanitizer:
Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural hand sanitizer.
Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae.
Moreover, a study testing several types of hand wash shows that adding tea tree oil to the cleansers boosted their effectiveness against E. coli (4Trusted Source).
Here is a simple recipe to make your own moisturizing, all-natural hand sanitizer using tea tree oil:
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 30 drops tea tree essential oil – this is a 0.5% concentration
- 1 Tablespoon witch hazel extract or high-proof vodka
- 8 ounces 100% pure aloe vera gel
- ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E oil – a natural preservative to increase shelf life
Here is a list of the ingredients you can buy online:
Lavender Essential Oil by Healing Solutions
Aloe Vera Gel by Seven Minerals
Natural Vitamin E Oil by Eden’s Semilla
- Add essential oils and Vitamin E oil to a small glass bowl or container and swirl to mix.
- Add witch hazel (or alcohol) to the oils and swirl again.
- Combine this mixture with the aloe vera gel and mix well.
- Shake gently before each use. (Sanitizer should last several months with the addition of Vitamin E and alcohol to help preserve.)
- Transfer hand sanitizer to small, clean squirt bottles. Also, use colored bottles like this so the essential oils in the recipe are not exposed to light. Finally, this recipe is perfect for throwing into a purse or a backpack!
4. Natural Deodorant:
Sweat itself does not smell. However, when secretions from your sweat glands combine with bacteria on your skin, a moderate to strong odor is produced.
Your underarm area contains a large concentration of these glands and is mainly responsible for what is commonly referred to as “body odor.” Tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting properties make it an ideal natural alternative to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.
Here is a safe and effective natural deodorant that can be made from tea tree oil and a few other ingredients:
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 1/4 Cup Arrow Root Powder or Cornstarch
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- 1 Tbsp Bee’s Wax Optional: works well if using an old deodorant container
- 20-30 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
Here are links to purchase the ingredients:
- Melt the coconut oil and shea butter (and bee’s wax if using) in a glass jar. To do this, sit the jar in a pot of boiling water–this will create a double-boiler affect. I use the same jar every time I make deodorant because it’s very hard to clean the jar after this process.
- Once they have melted together, remove from heat, and stir in the baking soda, arrow root powder and tea-tree oil.
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds, a jar, a small container or an old deodorant stick. If using an old deodorant stick, wait a few minutes until the mixture has thickened a bit–this will make it easier to work.
- Let the mixture set for several hours or overnight before using.
Depending on how you made it, you can apply the deodorant directly to your underarm, or with your fingers. If you get some on your hands just rub it in, it’s just like lotion.
5. Antiseptic for Minor Cuts and Scrapes:
injuries that result in broken skin make it easy for germs to enter your bloodstream, which can lead to infection.
Tea tree oil can be used to treat and disinfect minor cuts and abrasions by killing S. aureus and other bacteria that can cause infection in open wounds.
To disinfect a cut or scrape, follow these steps:
- Clean the cut thoroughly with plain soap and water
- Mix one drop of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil
- Apply a small amount of the mixture to the injury and cover with a bandage
- Repeat this process once or twice daily until a scab has formed
6. Get Rid of Nail Fungus:
Tea tree oil has been shown to help get rid of nail fungus when used alone or in combination with other natural remedies.
In a controlled study, people with nail fungus used straight tea tree oil or an antifungal medication for six months. At the end of the study, about 60% of people in each group experienced partial or full resolution of the fungus.
You can use a few drops of tea tree oil alone or mix it with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply it to the affected area.
Be sure to wash your hands immediately after applying in order to avoid spreading the fungus to other areas.
Before Using Tea Tree Oil, You Should Know:
Tea tree oil should not be ingested because it may be toxic if swallowed. Make sure to store it out of reach of children.
Prior to using tea tree oil for the first time, test a drop or two on a small area of your skin and wait 24 hours to see if any reaction occurs. People with sensitive skin may experience irritation when using undiluted tea tree oil. If your skin is sensitive, it’s best to mix tea tree oil with an equal or greater amount of olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil.
Additionally, using tea tree oil in pets may not be safe. Researchers reported that more than 400 dogs and cats developed tremors and other nervous system problems after receiving between 0.1–85 mL of tea tree oil on the skin or orally.