Tea tree oil is obtained from the Melaleuca tree which is native to Australia. It is one of the most thoroughly studied oils, due to its wide range of uses and benefits. According to the University of Sydney, even Native Aborigines were aware of its healing properties and its ability to treat skin conditions.
These days, tea tree oil is a key ingredient in many skin products, such as anti-acne creams, lotions, skin creams, massage oils, and much more. It is completely safe to use and it can be used undiluted. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should use tea tree oil topically:
The potent antifungal and antibacterial compounds in tea tree oil reduce inflammation which causes swellings on the skin. According to a by the Department of Dermatology at Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, “5% tea-tree oil and 5% benzoyl peroxide had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients’ acne.”
A team of researchers at the Skin Diseases and Leishmaniasis Research Center at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan concluded that tea tree oil was effective in treating mild to moderate acne.
They divided the participants into two groups, one of which was treated with tea tree oil and the other with placebo. They were followed for 45 days and their effects were assessed on every 15 days. At the end of the study, there was a big difference between the groups. It was concluded that the oil was 5.8 times more effective compared to placebo.
In the case of breakouts affecting the entire body, mix tea tree oil with a carrier oil and add a few drops to your bath. Soak in this healing bath to clear up acne from areas like the back and chest. If you have sensitive skin, always use diluted oil!
The antiseptic and antiviral properties of tea tree oil combat virus that cause warts. As reported by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 20 million Americans carry some kind of human papilloma virus, which eventually leads to the formation of warts on the genitals, feet, and hands. Warts are not painful, but they look unattractive.
Tea tree oil not only inhibits the infection and the growth of bacteria and fungi, but it relieves inflammation, irritations, and redness too.
Apply a drop of the oil to the wart, secure with a bandage, and let it work for a few hours, preferably overnight. The next morning, cleanse the area and repeat the procedure until the wart falls off.
3. Cuts and Infections
Mix tea tree oil with lavender oil to make your own super-potent ointment for cuts and infections. Cleanse the affected area with hydrogen peroxide and water, dilute two drops of tea tree oil with lavender oil, and apply directly on the skin. Secure with a bandage and let it work overnight.
Eczema is a skin condition manifested by itchiness, dryness, rash, and blistering. Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial properties which get to the root of the problem by fighting off the infection, while its antiseptic properties soothe the itchiness.
Mix twenty drops of tea tree oil with half-cup of coconut oil to make your own ointment. Rub the mixture onto the affected areas two times a day.
5. Treats Athlete’s Foot
Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil, add ¼ cup of arrowroot powder, and a ¼ cup of baking soda. Tea tree oil will destroy the fungus responsible for the infection, arrowroot will absorb the moisture which creates a condition for the fungus to thrive, and baking soda will remove the bad odor and itchiness.
The potent anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil is very beneficial for psoriasis as it both alleviate the symptoms and prevents its spreading. Tea tree oil eliminates dead skin cells, keeps the production of new cells in check, and penetrates the deep layers of the skin, relieving the condition and reducing scars.
Chicken pox causes severe itching, which eventually leaves scars. To relieve this intense itchiness, soak in a warm bath enriched with tea tree oil. Dilute five drops of tea tree oil in a carrier oil, pour them in a warm bath, and soak for half an hour.
8. Razor Burn Relief
To get rid of irritation caused by shaving, apply a small amount of tea tree oil on the affected area using a cotton ball. It works by natural astringent, which makes it effective for this purpose.
Tea tree oil works against boils as it destroys staph infections, especially those resistant to antibiotics. Mix equal amounts of tea tree oil and almond oil, dip a cotton ball in the solution and apply onto the boils a few times a day.
10. Makeup Remover
Many makeup removers contain tea tree oil, but it is recommended to make your own remover instead. Mix a quarter cup of extra-virgin olive oil with 10 drops tea tree oil and store the solution in a dark place. Dip a cotton ball and sweep it over the face.