Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a fresh smelling liquid that comes in colors ranging from clear to yellow to green.
It is derived from the tea tree plant, native to Australia.
Read on to discover helpful ways to incorporate tea tree oil into your life – from deodorant to hand sanitizer.
10 uses of tea tree oil
For every 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil, add 12 drops of a carrier oil – such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil.
It is suggested that people interested in using tea tree oil first develop an allergy skin test then dilute tea tree oil carefully to avoid further irritation.
Tea tree oil is a popular choice for treat acne because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
To use, dilute three drops of tea tree oil in two ounces of witch hazel. Use it as a toner all day long.
You can also use a facial cleanser, moisturizer, and spot treatment that contains tea tree oil.
For stubborn stains, try dabbing a small drop of tea tree oil on specific stains using a cotton swab. Wash it off if the skin becomes irritated.
In what has been dubbed “maskne,” spots develop on the skin under your face mask as friction produces bacteria and oil that clog the pores.
However, the TikTok user @heyitsamess shared a game-changing hack to help your skin put up with wearing a face covering.
In the video, which has over 115,000 views, Amy shows viewers how to simply spray a few squirts of Boots tea. Witch Hazel Tea Tree Back Spray inside, your mask can really help your poor distressed skin.
She says, “I know a lot of people have had problems wearing face masks and having spots around their chins.
“If you spray just a little bit into your mask before putting it on, it literally helps your skin and it smells so good.”
Hair and scalp treatment
You can also use tea tree oil to treat dandruff. The oil removes the build-up of chemicals and dead skin cells from the scalp.
Apply a mixture of tea tree oil and vegetable oil to your hair and scalp. Let it stay in your hair for 20 minutes.
You can then use tea tree oil shampoo and follow with tea tree oil conditioner.
The antibacterial effects of tea tree oil may help control underarm odor associated with sweating.
You can buy tea tree oil in stores or prepare it using the following simple recipe.
- 16 drops of tea tree oil
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 5 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Combine the baking soda and cornstarch in a small bowl
- Heat the coconut oil 15-30 seconds until it liquefies, add the tea tree oil and mix
- Mix oils with powders and store in an airtight container
Even if the Covid-19 pandemic is finally under control, the daily use of hand sanitizer remains good practice.
Tea tree oil has wonderful antibacterial properties, making it an ideal ingredient for fighting germs.
You can buy tea tree hand sanitizer in stores or make it yourself at home by mixing the following ingredients:
- One cup of 91% isopropyl alcohol
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel (natural or store-bought)
- 15 drops of tea tree oil
Although humans find the scent of the tea tree inviting, insects feel just the opposite.
To create a mixture that has strong repellant properties, mix 1/4 cup of almond oil with three drops of tea tree oil and two drops of lemongrass oil in a bottle.
Vinegar can be used in place of almond oil for a more sprayable version; the vinegar smell dissipates quickly.
Apply a few drops or squirt of the mixture to the skin to keep pests away.
The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil make it an effective wound healing agent.
According to a 2013 study by Karen B. Chin and Barbara Cordell, tea tree oil helps heal wounds caused by bacteria.
Nine out of 10 people who used tea tree oil in addition to conventional treatment showed a decrease in healing time compared to conventional treatment alone.
To use, simply add a drop of tea tree oil with ointment wound cream and apply as directed throughout the day.
According to a 2013 study, tea tree oil was effective in reducing the growth of fungi in nail infections.
Improvements were seen after 14 days.
After 16 weeks of treatment, 80% of the participants who used this cream cured their nail fungus without relapses.
Boost your cream of mushroom by adding a drop of tea tree oil.
The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil can be used for more than just skin care – it’s a great natural household cleaner.
Simply add 20 drops of tea tree oil along with a cup of water and half a cup of white vinegar.
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use it as an all-purpose cleaner.
Tea tree oil has been shown to be effective in treating lice eggs.
A study reported in the International journal of dermatology compared botanical and synthetic substances to prevent lice in elementary school-aged children.
On its own, tea tree oil was the most effective treatment tested.
Parents can either mix three to five drops of tea tree oil with every ounce of shampoo, or combine three tablespoons of carrier oil with one teaspoon of tea tree oil and apply to infested hair for 30 to 40 minutes before washing.
You can also buy tea tree head lice treatment at stores.
Things to look out for when buying tea tree oil
Since tea tree oil varies in quality, it is important to buy 100% natural oil with no additives.
Buy organic tea tree oil if possible and always buy from a reputable brand.
The Latin name, Melaleuca alternifolia, and the country of origin must be printed on the bottle.
Look for an oil that has a 10-40% concentration of terpinene, which is the main antiseptic component of tea tree oil.
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