Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, has antiseptic properties and used to treat various skin infections and wounds. This essential oil is derived from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia. The uses of tea tree oil are numerous - from applying on the skin for healing and as an ingredient in shampoos, face washes and other cosmetic products to diffusing into the air for killing mold.
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Some traditional uses for tea tree include healing:
- Bacterial infections
- Cold sores
- Congestion and respiratory tract infections
- Fungal infections (especially Candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus)
- Head lice
- Dry Cuticles
- Itchy insect bites, sores, and sunburns
The list doesn’t end here, as it even has many household uses like natural deodorant, anti-microbial laundry freshener, insect repellant, acne face wash, removes foot odor, and house cleaner.
Following are some detailed used for tea tree oil. You can try any one of these if you are facing the given problems.
1. Tea Tree Oil for Acne
Treating acne is the most common use of tea tree oil. It is one of the most effective home remedies to cure acne. According to one study, tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but minus the side effects. To treat acne, you need to clean your face and apply the mixture of two teaspoons of honey and five drops of tea tree oil on the affected area. Leave it on the pimples for one minute and rinse it off.
2. Tea Tree Oil for Hair
It is also beneficial for healthy hair and scalp. It can help to prevent dry flaking skin, remove dandruff, and can also eradicate head lice. You can make homemade tea tree oil shampoo by mixing several drops of tea tree essential oil with coconut milk, aloe vera gel, and other essential oils like lavender oil.
3. Tea Tree Oil for Cleaning
Another good use of tea tree oil is that it can be used as a household cleaner due to its antimicrobial properties. You need to mix tea tree oil with water, vinegar and lemon essential oil and then use it for the cleaning of kitchen countertops, appliances, toilets and wash basins.
4. Tea Tree Oil for Psoriasis and Scabies
Tea tree oil is also considered to be effective in relieving any type of skin conditions like scabies and psoriasis. For the treatment, mix one teaspoon coconut oil, five drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender oil. Apply this mixture after bathing, keep it overnight and rinse off the next morning.
5. Tea Tree Oil for Toenail Fungus and Ringworm
It has anti-fungal properties and can be used to treat different fungal infections. For this remedy, you need to apply undiluted tea tree oil directly on the affected area with the help of a cotton ball and leave it overnight. You can do this until effective results are achieved.
6. Tea Tree Oil Kills Mold
Mold is a common problem in areas where moisture is accumulated - like the bathroom. You can put tea tree oil in a diffuser to kill mold and other bad bacteria in your house. You can even spray some tea tree oil cleaner to your shower curtains, laundry machines or dishwasher.
7. Tea Tree Oil for Infections and Cuts
Tea tree oil when mixed with lavender oil becomes a powerful ingredient to treat cuts and wounds. Clean the cut with hydrogen peroxide, put tea tree oil on the cut and cover it with a bandage to fight infections.