Tea Tree Oil and Skincare
The versatile essential oil tea tree is perhaps best known as an antibiotic. It has been around since ancient times.
Some of the best uses are as a first aid for sunburn, athlete’s foot, blisters, fungal infections, insect bites and bee stings.
This oil is not anything like the tea that we drink! It shouldn’t be taken as such or swallowed. One of the most effective ways to use it is in an essential oil diffuser.
Tea tree is applied to the skin for treatments of skin infections and diseases. It has antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties which are all highly beneficial for the treatment of skin problems.
This oil is extracted from the steam distillation of leaves of an Australian tree known as Melaleuca alternifolia. Its color varies from pale yellow to almost colorless and clear. It is also called “The Medicine in a Bottle” by the aboriginal tribes of Australia.
These native aborigines use tea tree oil to heal burns, boils, cuts and rashes. It is also their antiseptic for treating wounds and infections. They have been practicing with this essential oil for thousands of years now.
How about tea tree and its effects on the skin and body?
7 Wonderful Ways With Tea Tree
1) Tea tree oil is highly effective in treating acne, dark spots, whiteheads and black heads. Put a few drops of tea tree oil on some cotton and dab it over the infected areas of your skin. Leave it overnight. This oil efficiently combats the bacteria that cause these skin problems.
You may also look for soaps and other face washes which have pure tea tree oil as the main ingredient. Natural alternatives are always far better than beauty products that contain chemicals and alcohol in them. Side effects such as skin irritations and swelling are possible but highly unlikely. Perform a spot test first to be on the safe side.
Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil to 2 teaspoons of honey then rub it onto your skin. Rinse after a few minutes. Be cautious, though, and do not use too much of this oil as it can cause your skin to dry which may actually produce more acne.
2) On that note, tea tree is extremely beneficial for rejuvenating dry skin.
Use 3 drops of this oil with 2 tablespoons of raw honey. Shower or rinse after 30 minutes. Do it regularly to see a rapid healing of your dry skin. Watch as it becomes soft, supple and glowing like a baby’s!
3) As we all know, psoriasis, though not contagious, is a skin disease that causes a great deal of itching, redness and can spread all over the body. And yes, tea tree can be highly useful at dealing with this type of disease.
Here’s how to apply it…
For psoriasis of the scalp, use 3 drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo each time you take a shower. Let it remain in place for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Similarly, you may buy shampoos that contain tea tree oil in them.
For the face, neck, chest, genitals or body affected by psoriasis, dilute 15 drops of tea tree oil with 30ml of virgin coconut oil. Apply it onto the skin and wash it off after 30 minutes. Note: Coconut oil also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties hence helps reduce itchiness and swelling.
For the non-sensitive parts like the elbows, knees, arms, nails or fingers, you may apply tea tree oil directly. Just take a tiny amount and let it sit for few hours before rinsing. If you don’t feel any side effects, you can leave it overnight and wash it off the next day.
As for psoriasis of the nails, apply a few drops of tea tree oil directly onto the affected part at night then rinse it off the following day. Make sure the nails are as short as possible to allow full penetration of the oil. Continue doing it regularly for 20 days until the psoriasis is gone. This will prevent any possible reoccurrence of the disease. You just need to reduce the dosage and frequency of use as time passes.
4) Tea tree oil for eczema. Simply mix 15 drops of undiluted tea tree oil in a warm water bath. Add 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil. Then soak yourself in the bathtub for an hour. Rinse yourself after. Repeat daily.
If you don’t want to bathe, you may use 20 drops of the oil with half a cup of almond or coconut oil and apply this directly to the area with eczema.
5) For varicose and spider veins, rub small amounts of pure tea tree oil directly where these veins appear 3 to 4 times a day. You can also mix it with aloe vera oil. Tea tree helps relieve the pain and discomforts felt due to these common vein problems.
6) Tea tree oil is also helpful in eliminating body odors. Now, isn’t that wonderful news? Not only can it treat your skin problems but it can deal with unwanted smells into the bargain!
Dab a tiny amount of tea tree oil on your armpits. You may need to wait for your pores to close if you wish to apply the oil after showering.
7) Warts. Wash the area around the warts. Put 1 drop of pure tea tree oil onto the warts. Put some tape over the warts and leave it for 8 hours or overnight. Next morning, remove the tape and wash the area thoroughly.
For genital warts, add a few drops of tea tree oil to aloe vera gel or olive oil as the skin here is sensitive. Perform the same procedure as used for other warts.
Be careful not to use any products, either natural or chemical if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
Make it a habit to test any products first on your wrist to see if there is any irritation before starting to use them.
And read the manufacturers’ instructions as well to ensure your safety and the effectiveness of any products you choose to use.
Lastly, consult with your doctor if you are pregnant or a nursing mother if you want to try tea tree oil.
Take these simple precautions and enjoy the many benefits of tea tree oil.