Tea tree oil is extracted from a tree known as Melaleuca in Australia. It has been used by the native Aboriginals have been using it for centuries mostly to treat skin conditions. Then, in 1920, a chemist called Arthur Penfold managed to discover its antiseptic properties.
Nowadays, it is widely used in the cosmetic industry mostly because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic abilities.
Which Tea Tree Oil Is Best?
Numerous creams, lotions and moisteners contain tea tree oil, but only in small doses. The best for you would be 100% pure oil.
Before you decide using it, do a skin patch test just in case or dilute it in some coconut, jojoba or almond oil.
10 Benefits of Putting Tea Tree Oil On Your Skin
1. Treating acne
Its strong antifungal and antibacterial compounds make tea tree oil able to reduce inflammation. According to some recent research, 5% of tea tree oil had a significant effect as 5% benzoyl peroxide which is the most usual acne medication.
Just apply the oil on your skin and it will dry out all the whiteheads, pimples, blackheads and it will disinfect the pores, too!
Mix several drops of oil with 1 teaspoon of witch hazel. Apply it using a cotton ball on the affected area once or twice a day. Leave it on for several hours or overnight.
If you have breakouts on your body, add several drops into a bath and it will successfully clear the acne from your chest, back and other areas.
Tea tree oil makes us sensitive to UV rays, so you’d better use a protection before going outside!
This oil helps with acne scars. To eliminate the scars, combine two drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of raw honey. Apply it on your skin and massage it for a while. Then, leave it to act for about 20 minutes and rinse it with cool water. Repeat this process every day and the scars will soon begin to fade!
2. Relieving psoriasis
Psoriasis is shown as red, scaly and inflamed areas on the skin. This condition has no cure, but you can relieve the discomfort with the help of tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil removes the dead skin cells that actually cause psoriasis. Its antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties relieve the redness, itching and burning. It contains terpinen 4, a compound that penetrates deep into the skin and diminishes the scars of psoriasis.
In case of psoriasis, mix 10 drops of this oil with 2 tbs. of melted coconut oil. Apply it on the affected area. Repeat this 2-3 times a day.
Eczema is a persistent skin condition. It appears as a rash, itching of the skin.
The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil will soothe the itching and heal your skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil will reduce the inflammation, while the antibacterial properties will fight the infection and stop the spreading.
In case of eczema, combine 20 drops of this oil with ½ cup of coconut oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area twice a day.
You can also add 15 drops to your bath, but previously diluted in 2 tablespoons almond oil or in extra virgin olive oil.
4. Cuts and infections
Combine tea tree oil with lavender essential oil to treat an infection or a cut. First, clean the cut with water and hydrogen peroxide. Then, dilute 2 drops of the tea tree oil in lavender or jojoba oil, and apply it to the cut. Cover it with a bandage for prevention.
5. Razor burn relief
A razor burn can be very uncomfortable and painful. Just mix several drops of tea tree oil in 2 teaspoons of witch hazel. Apply it on your skin and you will feel a soothing sensation.
6. Get rid of athlete’s foot
Prepare a homemade powder in case of athlete’s foot. Add 20 drops of tea tree oil in a bowl, a ¼ cup of baking soda and a quarter cup of arrowroot powder. Break the lumps using a fork and then add the mixture to the shaker.
Use: first rinse the feet and dry them. Then apply the powder. Use it twice a day.
7. Makeup remover
Tea tree oil is excellent for removing the makeup. Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with a quarter cup of virgin olive oil in a jar with a lid. Shake it until the mixture becomes well blended and store it in a dark and cool place.
Apply this solution on a cotton ball and sweep it over your face. Then, rinse it with water.
Fight an infection with this oil! You can even fight the ones resistant to antibiotics.
Dilute tea tree oil in almond oil and apply it to the boils using a cotton ball, several times a day.
Tea tree oil is excellent against warts because of its antiseptic and antiviral properties.
Applying tea tree oil will stop the infections, and the development of bacteria and fungi. It will also reduce inflammation, redness, and irritation.
First, wash your hands and the affected area. Apply one drop of pure tea tree oil right to the wart. Put a bandage over it, and leave it to rest like that overnight. Remove it the following morning, and clean the area. Repeat this process until the wart falls off. That usually happens between 1-4 weeks.
10. Soothe chicken pox
Chickenpox are very rare these days, but they still occur. To relieve that annoying itch, just take a bath with tea tree oil.
Just add 5 drops of the tea tree oil, previously diluted in some carrier oil, in the bath. Bathe in warm water for at least twenty minutes.