Also known as Malaleuca, Tea Tree Oil has long been used in traditional medicine, because of its powerful antiseptic properties. It has been used to treat wounds and several types of skin infections and fungi. In medical studies, tea tree oil benefits have been demonstrated because it has been shown to kill various strains of viruses, fungi and bacteria as well.
Although it is not meant for human consumption, there are many tea tree oil uses that can benefit you and your family.
Why tea tree oil is our favourite?
✓ Fresh, clean smell
✓ Many household uses
The numerous uses of tea tree oil include the following:
Because it can kill mold, it can be diffused in the air to banish mold from your house and it can also be used to make homemade house cleaners that will kill viruses and bacteria along with the mold. Tea tree oil for acne is very powerful in cleaning the bacteria that causes breakouts and it is also used in cosmetic products.
Other traditional uses of tea tree oil include:
For Banishing Acne
Acne and other bacterial infections can be treated with the topical application of tea tree oil. You simply apply it to your face, back, arms or wherever else you have acne with a clean cotton ball 2 to 3 times a day. Tea Tree oil can be drying, so be sure to use a good moisturizer and reduce the amount of applications if excessive redness, drying and/or flaking appear.
For Clearing Other infections
Tea tree oil benefits include the fact that it is an anti-fungal, an anti-bacterial, and an anti-viral, has the ability to fight many skin conditions that can afflict you including chickenpox, cold sores, respiratory tract infections, colds, earaches, candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot, MRSA, staph infections and more.
For Treating Scalp Conditions
Tea Tree Oil is used to treat dry itchy scalp, dandruff, and even lice. Simply use the undiluted oil and rub it into your scalp, or add it to your shampoo and/or rinses. The strong smell of the tea tree oil is one that lice hate, which is why it can be effectively used as prevention as well.
This oil can be used in household cleaners to remove mold, it can be used to remove foot odor, it is great for laundry since it acts as an anti-microbial freshener, and it can even be used as a natural deodorant.
Instructions for Use
For topical uses, you can apply 2 to 4 drops to the affected area. You do not have to dilute this oil, unless your skin is very sensitive. For aromatherapy, you can diffuse 2 to 4 drops for 30 minutes several times a day.
Caution: Not meant for ingestion as it is for external uses only. Keep away from mucous membranes and eyes. Keep it out of the reach of children and consult a doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Keep a bottle of this versatile essential oil at home in order to keep it clean, free of bacteria and germs and healthy.