Tea tree oil also called melaleuca oil is an essential oil obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree that is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.
This type of essential oil is known by its potent antiseptic properties and it also has the ability to treat wounds and minor injuries.
The tea tree oil has wide range of uses and you can use it for: heal skin issues, diffuse this oil in the air and kill off mold, prepare DIY cleaning products, etc. Due to its remarkable properties this oil often is used as an active ingredient in various cosmetic and household products, such as shampoos, skin and nail creams and laundry detergents.
In today’s article we are going to present you the top 10 ways to use this efficient and versatile oil:
- Clear up acne
There are scientific studies which have proved that 5 % tea tree oil is as efficient as acne treatments that contain 5 % benzoyl peroxide. Despite the fact that tea tree oil, as any other natural ingredient, works more slowly, it is less irritating for the skin. In order to relieve the acne symptoms you should apply 5 % tea tree oil on the affected twice a day, in a period of 45 days
- Heal scars
Tea tree oil has a potent cicatrisant properties which make it efficient in healing wounds. Additionally, this essential oil protects the wound from infections and in same time reduces scars and marks on the skin left from acne.
- Stop smelly feet
Prepare DIY foot powder and get rid of the bad feet odor caused by bacteria. In order to solve the issue with stinky feet simply mix equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch, add 10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender oil (optional). Stir and apply the resulted solution on your feet and the soles of the shoes. This will remove the awful smell.
- Cure fungal nail infections
You can use 100% tea tree oil and treat fungal infections on a completely natural way. Apply the solution on the affected area twice a day, in a period of 6 months.
It is scientifically proved that this oil is one of the most efficient methods: tea tree oil improves the nail`s appearance after a three months or regular use.
- Have smoother skin
Tea tree oil contains melaleuca oil which actually possesses potent antioxidant properties. That is the reason why this essential oil is so efficient in reducing wrinkles and age spots.
- Eliminate ringworm
Ringworm also known as tinea or dermatophytosis is a fungal infection that is highly contagious. Scientific studies have proved that tea tree oil is efficient when is used as a treatment of ringworm and in same time prevents the spreading of the fungus. All you should do is to dilute several drops of pure tea tree oil in carrier oil (you can use olive or almond oil) and apply the resulted mixture on the affected skin area.
- Relieve athlete`s foot
By applying 25-50% tea tree oil topically you can cure the fungal infection which are responsible for athlete`s foot. Moreover, you can use a 10% cream in order to relieve the unpleasant symptoms caused by athlete`s foot: itching, burning and scaling. Instead using common medications such as Ting, Genaspor and Tinactin it is advisable to use this natural solution.
- Reduce cold and flu symptoms
Tea tree oil efficiently relieves symptoms associated with common cold, chest infections and unplesant coughs. In order to relieve these symptoms it is advisable to rub diluted oil on the chest before going to sleep. On this way you will inhale the oil during the night.
- Strengthen hair
Tea tree oil is extremely efficient when is used as a treatment of various hair conditions. Simply dilute tea tree oil and apply it to the scalp. This oil will improve the blood flow, which actually is crucial for the hair growth. In addition to that, this oil will keep your scalp healthy and also will prevent hair loss.
- Banish head lice
It is scientifically proven that tea tree oil kills off lice in both stages of life and in same time reduces the number of eggs. The tea tree oil contains compounds with insecticidal properties and that is the reason why it is so efficient in banishing head lice. This essential oil will help you to comb the eggs out.