Tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melalenca alternifolia). It is often called as a “medicine cabinet in a bottle” due to its antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, expectorant and antiviral properties.
Today, tea tree oil is known for its practically endless number of uses and benefits, particularly for the skin. There is no doubt that tea tree oil is one that should be on the shelves of all medicine cabinets.
Below are just some of the ways having a bottle of tea tree oil in your home can work wonders for your skin.
1. Acne Treatment
It is popular for combating acne due to its antimicrobial terpenes content. It does not only destroy MRSA or staph infections, but it will also destroy Propionibacterium acne that lives inside hair follicles and can lead to inflammation and acne. It also has soothing properties that help calm the burning and itching of a flare-up.
Treatment with tea tree oil takes a bit longer, but this natural acne remedy is also proven to be less harmful to skin.
Make your own inexpensive DIY tea tree oil acne face wash by combining 5 drops of pure tea tree oil with 2 teaspoons of raw honey. Apply the mixture onto face, leave it on for about a minute, and then rinse with cool water.
2. Soothe Chicken Pox and Fade Scars
While there are vaccinations for chickenpox nowadays, it does not go away completely, and it can be one of the worst illnesses to contract, due to the intense itching it causes. That itching can also result to the scarring of the skin.
To help relieve the itch caused by chickenpox, take a warm bath with tea tree oil. When filling a bath, Add 5 drops of tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil under the running water, and once full, soak for at least 20 minutes.
Antiviral and antiseptic properties of tea tree oil helps fight against the virus. By rubbing the oil, it will stop the infection and the growth of fungi and bacteria to reduce inflammation, redness, and irritation. It contains a powerful antimicrobial known as terpinen-4 which attacks HPV causing warts. It will stop their development and dry them out so they’ll naturally fall off.
To use tea tree oil to fight warts, rinse your hands and the area around the wart thoroughly. Then, rub a drop of pure tea tree oil to the wart. Cover it with bandage. Leave it on for at least 8 hours, or ideally, overnight. Remove the bandage and clean the area the next day. Do the process again, placing a fresh bandage on at night again. Repeat process until the wart disappears or falls off, typically anywhere between 1 and 4 weeks.
A fungal infection of the skin caused by exposure to the fungus tinea is called a ringworm. It is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with infected people, animals, or items. It is effective for both treating ringworm and preventing from spreading due to its antifungal properties.
Apply 2-3 drops pure tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil 2 or 3 times per day to treat skin that’s been infected with ringworm.
Eczema is a persistent skin condition that can result in a severe rash, dryness, itching and even blistering, as well as the constant urge to scratch. Tea tree oil’s antiseptic properties aid to soothe the itch and heal the skin while preventing further damage. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation too. In case an infection develops, the oil’s antibacterial compounds can fight off the infection and prevent spreading.
To heal eczema, mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with a half-cup of coconut oil. Apply the mixture onto affected areas twice each day. If you’re suffering from eczema in various places throughout your body, take a tea tree oil bath for relief. Add 15 drops of tea tree oil diluted in 2 tablespoons almond oil or extra-virgin olive oil to the water and soak for about 20 minutes.