Tea tree oil originates in Australia and has been used for thousands of years by Australian Aborigines. Don’t confuse it with the tea plant – tea tree oil comes from the paperbark tree.
Since the 1900’s the use of tea tree oil as a powerful antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial has spread worldwide, and the oil is now readily accessible at pharmacies and health stores.
Tea tree oil uses are numerous: making homemade cleaning products, diffusing it in the air to kill mold, applying it topically to heal skin issues and using it to treat viral infections.
It’s becoming an increasingly popular active ingredient in a variety of household and cosmetic products, including face wash, shampoos, massage oils, skin and nail creams.
Here are our top ten ways to use tea tree oil:
Clear up acne
One of the most common uses for tea tree oil today is in skin care products, as it’s considered one of the most effective home remedies for acne. One study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the associated negative side effects that many people experience including red, dried and peeling skin.
You can make a homemade gentle tea tree oil acne face wash by mixing five drops of pure tea tree essential oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Simply rub on your face, leave on for one minute, then rinse off.
The Cicatrisant property of tea tree essential oil makes it heal wounds quickly and protects them from infections. Furthermore, it can help neutralize or diminish the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils, pox, and acne.
Cure fungal nail infections
Because of its ability to kill parasites and fungal infections, tea tree oil is a great choice to use on toenail fungus. For this one, you should use full strength (100%) tea tree oil. Drop the solution onto the affected nail twice daily for up to six months. Studies have shown this one to work and to improve the appearance of the nail after about half that time. These results are comparable to common pharmaceutical options like Fungoid or Lotrimin.
Have smoother skin
Many people struggle to eliminate age spots and other beauty marks, but the powerful antioxidants found in tea tree oil can quickly remedy those issues, leaving your skin looking young and smooth. In fact, tea tree oil can even help reduce the appearance of wrinkles as we age.
Many people don’t know that ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin, and is highly contagious. Medical Studies have confirmed that tea tree oil is an effective treatment for ringworm and helps to prevent the spread of the fungus.
You should dilute 2-3 drops of pure tea tree oil into a carrier oil (almond or olive, for example) and apply it directly to the affected skin.
Relieve athlete’s foot
We recommend a topical application of a mid-strength (25% – 50%) tea tree oil solution to cure the fungal infection causing athlete’s foot. Moreover, you can use a 10% cream for relief of the symptoms of athlete’s foot, which include scaling, itching, and burning. Tea tree oil diluted to 10% has been shown to work as well as common medications like Genaspor, Tinactin, and Ting.
Reduce cold and flu symptoms
Tea tree oil provides relief from symptoms associated with coughs, colds, and chest infections. We recommend rubbing a diluted oil on the chest before bed so that you inhale the oil while you’re sleeping, or you can even place a drop on your pillow.
Banish lice head
Tea tree oil is a great natural way to repel head lice, and this is backed up by scientific studies. Tea tree oil is proven to be able to kill lice in both the nymph and adult stages of life and to reduce the number of eggs being hatched. Other studies have even shown tea tree oil to be significantly more effective on children than chemical anti-lice shampoos!
According to researchers, it contains two key elements with natural insecticidal properties, and that it dissolves the gummy substance that glues the eggs to the hair shaft, which makes them easier to comb out. Just don’t use it on your pets, as the tea tree oil can cause reactions in smaller animals.
Tea tree oil has proven very beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp. Tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and even can be used for the treatment of lice. According to experts, stimulates blood flow which is vital for preventing hair loss, encouraging growth, and maintaining a healthy scalp.
A common problem many people experience in their homes is mold infestation, oftentimes without even being aware of it. Consider buying a diffuser and diffusing tea tree oil in the air around your home to kill mold and other bad bacteria. Also, you can spray tea tree oil cleaner onto shower curtains, your laundry machine, dishwasher or toilet to kill off the mold.