Originating from Australia, tea tree oil is an essential oil that has been used for thousands of years. It is delivered from the leaves of the tea tree, not form tea plants, as many confuse it. The tea plant is used to make green and black teas, not an essential oil.
Sailors from the southeast Australian coast named the tea tree in the eighteenth century, as they made tea from the leaves of the trees that were growing by the coast. Since the eighteenth century, it became popular for its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
Scientists have proven the tea tree’s health benefits over the past century. However, there are many every day uses of it that you can start practicing. Here are some of them:
According to a study, applying 5% tea tree oil directly on the skin is proven to be a powerful weapon against acne. The study proved that tea tree oil is as effective as other known acne treatments that contain 5% benzoyl peroxide. Even though the healing process is slower than with conventional treatment, tea tree oil doesn’t harm the skin as much as other products.
Also, you can make tea tree solution at home by mixing one part tea tree oil with nine parts of water. Apply it with a cotton swab not more than twice a day.
The tea tree oil has cicatrizant properties that can heal wounds and make them disappear faster. Additionally, it can protect wounds from getting infected. You can apply a few drops of tea tree oil to wound dressing when a new one is applied.
Reduce the smell from your feet
Body odor can sometimes be uncomfortable and embarrassing in certain situations. But, tea tree oil can be used as a natural deodorant because of its antibacterial effects and can help reduce underarm and feet odor. To make a natural deodorant for your feet you need to mix equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch just to fill half a cup. Add ten drops of tea tree oil to the cup and if you want a better scent, add ten drops of lavender to it. Apply the powder directly to your feet or the soles of your shoes and prevent odor.
Heal fungal nail infections
Although fungal nail infections aren’t necessarily dangerous to your health, they are quite unsightly.
It has been proven that tea tree oil can fight nail fungus used both alone or combined with other natural medications. Make a remedy at home by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply the solution directly on the affected area.
Smoothen the skin
According to research, tea tree oil contains melaleuca oil that can prevent the appearance of age wrinkles and spots on the skin, as of the strong antioxidant properties.
Get rid of ringworm
Some of you may know or even experienced red circles on the surface of your skin that can become itchy. They are called ringworms and be careful if you spot them, as they are highly contagious.
Tea tree oil can treat and prevent the spreading of this fungal infection. It is recommended to dilute two to three drops of the pure tea tree oil into olive or almond oil. Apply this natural remedy directly on the infected skin. Additionally, you can wipe down items that may have come into contact with the fungus.
Treat Athlete’s foot
In order to treat the fungal infection that is causing athlete’s foot, it is recommended to apply mid-strength tea tree oil solution (25 to 50 percent strength). If you are struggling with the symptoms of athlete’s foot you can apply a 10% cream to relieve the itching, scaling, and burning sensations.
Reduce flu and cold symptoms
Tea tree oil can be a great healer when it comes to chest infections, coughs, and flu. If you experience any of these symptoms, simply rub diluted oil on the chest before you go to sleep so you can inhale the oil. Another way to prevent a cold is to place a few drops on your pillow before you go to bed to inhale while sleeping.
Eradicate head lice
Scientists have proven that tea tree oil can help banish head lice, as it can kill them in the nymph and adult stages of life. Additionally, it will reduce the number of eggs on your head. Surprisingly, studies have shown that tea tree oil is more effective on children despite other chemical anti-lice shampoos.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t use it on pets if they have lice or fleas, as it can cause reactions.
Strengthen your hair
If you are struggling with tangled hair or other hair conditions, tea tree oil can make a wonder. It can stimulate blood flow, which is essential for hair growth, preventing hair loss, and protect the healthy scalp.
Tea tree oil can be a refreshing natural mouthwash and can prevent tooth decay. However, you shouldn’t swallow it as it can be dangerous to your health. Therefore, make sure to dilute a drop or two into a cup of warm water to wash your mouth and spit it afterward.
Just like other essential oils, tea tree oil can be used as an all-purpose cleaner. All you have to do is make a solution of water, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil. You will make a chemical-free mixture that will perfectly sanitize all surfaces in your household.
Tea tree oil can be useful for many reasons. It is less expensive than other chemical-based nail and skin treatments, disinfectants, and other personal care products. However, be aware of the allergic skin reactions that it may cause, and if so, stop using it immediately.