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Tea Tree Oil Uses

for Natural Skincare

There are numerous tea tree oil uses due to its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that offer a wide range of natural home remedies.

Derived from Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) which grows in Australia, the healing properties of this plant have been known and used for centuries by the Australian Aboriginals.

It has a very distinctive smell that is instantly recognizable once you are familiar with it.  Not everyone finds it pleasant, but I personally am happy to put up with the smell for a short time in order to get the benefits.

Today it is commercially grown and harvested for a large range of healing products. The oil is extracted using a steam distillation process.

LOOK FOR THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT

The active ingredient is terpin-4-ol, and a quality tea tree oil should contain at least 40% of this, and less than 5% of cineole which counteracts the benefits of the terpin-4-ol. 

Check that it comes from Melaleuca alternifolia as this offers the most health benefits.


WHAT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

This is a good product as it clearly states that it is made from Melaleuca alternifolia.  It is 100% pure and is steam distilled in Australia where the tea tree grows.

It is inexpensive and a little will go a long way.  You really just need the real deal, and then add it into anything else yourself, such as shampoo.


Tea Tree Oil Uses

You can use the oil directly (never ingest), mixed with other oils, mixed with other products (such as shampoo and soap) or added to water.

Tea tree oil is also added to many commercial products including shampoo, treatment of head lice, and in antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal treatments.

It disinfects, minimizes scarring, and speeds the recovery from insect and spider bites, and stings such as bee stings.

It is helpful in treating scalp disorders, such as dry scalp, psoriasis and dandruff.

Some commercial products contain only a small amount of tea tree oil that may not be strong enough to be effective - so it pays to check what you are buying.


Benefits

The exceptional antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties make this a versatile and generally effective treatment for a variety of skin problems.

  • promotes healing
  • minimises scarring
  • prevents infection
  • helps treat Athletes foot, jock itch
  • effective against some nail fungal infections
  • helps with vaginal yeast infections such as Candida (Thrush) - take care not to cause further irritation by using undiluted
  • helpful in urinary tract infections when used as a douche or added to the bath water
  • soothes and treats cold sores (see recipe below)
  • 5% cream is effective against acne
  • 0.5% solution can be used for the treatment of fungal dandruff
  • treats head lice (see recipe below)
  • soothes and aids in the healing of sunburn

    Side Effects & Precautions

    Before using it for the first time it is important to do a patch test on your skin to see whether you are allergic or not.

    Simply dab a small amount on to your inner arm.  Any redness or inflammation is a signal that you are probably allergic.
     
    It may still be possible to use the tea tree in a diluted form. 
    Add a few drops to 20ml of a carrier oil such as olive oil, and repeat the patch test.

    If you do not suffer any redness or inflammation from the dilution, then it will be ok to use it. 
    Obviously if you still find a reaction then it is NOT ok to use it.

    Always take care around the eyes, nose, mouth and other mucous membranes - particularly when using it undiluted.


    Recipes

    HEAD LICE TREATMENT

    One of the most common tea tree oil uses is to naturally treat Head Lice.

    WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 40 drops of Bergamot Oil
  • 20 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 20 drops of Geranium Oil
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil
  • 100ml of a vegetable Carrier Oil, such as Olive Oil or similar

    WHAT TO DO:
  • Mix the above oils together, then massage into the hair and scalp.
  • Cover the hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap.
  • Leave for at least an hour, but overnight is good too.
  • Repeat the process twice a day over the next few days. This is to ensure you kill the eggs as well as the lice and beat their life cycle.

    TREATING COLD SORES / HERPES

    Another of the helpful tea tree oil uses:


    You can apply the tea tree oil (or lavender oil) undiluted to the cold sore on first signs of it appearing.
    If it develops further then try the following recipe to speed recovery.

    WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 2 drops of Bergamot Oil
  • 2 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
  • 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil (or Chamomile Oil)
  • 1 teaspoon of Alcohol

    WHAT TO DO:
  • Mix the ingredients together.
  • Apply periodically to keep the cold sore dry and help prevent further infection and scarring.
  • Keep in an airtight container to avoid evaporation.

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