Tea Tree Oil also known as Oil of Melaleuca, is distilled from the leaves of the Australian native plant Melaleuca Alternifolia. It has powerful antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, expectorant and antiviral properties, therefore the ability to treat wounds and many other topical uses which can help cure or prevent tons of everyday maladies. Tea tree oil, has been widely used throughout Australia for at least the past 100 years. And it’s been documented in numerous medical studies.
While records show that tea tree has been used for thousands of years by some indigenous people, thankfully today science is finally catching up and describing why tea tree oil is so effective. In many cases, doctors of functional medicine will prescribe essential oils as tea tree in replacement of conventional medications because they’re just as effective and without the adverse side effects. Some essential oils even have a positive synergistic effect, meaning they could help prevent antibiotic resistance from developing!.
SAFETY: The main safety consideration with tea tree oil is skin irritation. While tea tree oil is generally considered one of the safer essential oils for undiluted use on skin, those with sensitive skin should dilute it with a carrier oil – such as sweet almond, olive or coconut oil. Before using tea tree oil undiluted, undertake a skin patch test. Never take tea tree oil internally.
5 Great Tea Tree Oil Uses That Will Change Your Life
One of the most common uses for tea tree oil today is in skin care products.
Considered one of the most effective home remedies for acne. One study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the associated negative side effects like red, dried and peeling skin. Though treatment takes a bit longer with tea tree oil.
DIY Simple Tea Tree Oil Honey Face Wash/Mask for Clear Skin
5 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
2 tsps Raw Honey
Combine tea tree oil with raw honey. Gently rub the mixture onto your face, leave it on for about a minute, and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Beautiful Homemade Face Wash for Clear Skin
1 tbsp Jojoba Oil or Apricot Kernel
3 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tbsp ACV (apple cider vinegar)
20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
1 tsp cinnamon powder (besides been good for treating acne, it is a wonderful anti ageing as it boosts the collagen production and improves blood circulation). Keep away from eyes, as cinnamon can be an irritant.
Mix all ingredients with hand blender
Damp skin with lukewarm water, massage into face and neck in circular motion. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Do this each morning and evening.
Do not use more than twice a day, as this can irritate the skin and cause an overproduction of oil.
2. Toenail Fungus and Ringworm
Because of its ability to kill parasites and fungal infections, tea tree oil is a great choice to use on toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm. In fact, it’s been proven to work just as well as over-the-counter chemical treatments in studies.
Apply Tea Tree Essential Oil undiluted on the affected area like nails or feet using a clean cotton swab. For stubborn fungi, consider mixing it with natural anti-fungal Essential Oil of Oregano.
Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin caused by exposure to the fungus tinea. It is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with infected people, animals, or items. Tea tree oil has been noted in a medical study from the Australasian Journal of Dermatology as being an effective treatment for ringworm, curing the fungus after four weeks of treatment in more than 64 percent of test subjects. The oil’s anti fungal properties make it effective for both treating ringworm and preventing it from spreading.
Apply 2-3 drops pure tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil (like sweet almond) two or three times per day to treat skin that’s been infected with ringworm. Be sure to clean any personal items that may have come in contact with the fungus by using a tea tree cleanser to prevent further spread of infection.
3. Homemade Tea Tree Cleanser
Tea tree oil has powerful antimicrobial properties and can kill off bad bacteria in your home.
To make a homemade Tea Tree Essential Oil cleanser, mix with water, vinegar and lemon essential oil then use it on your counter tops, kitchen appliances, shower, toilet and sinks.
40 drops lemon oil
20 drops tea tree oil
16-oz spray bottle fill with pure water (and a little bit of white vinegar) for a traditional cleaning favorite.
Mix all ingredients and get cinderella crazy!!
Use it to clean counters, mirrors, fixtures, throughout your bathroom and more.
4. Infections and Cuts
This Oil has incredible antiseptic properties that make it especially powerful for healing wounds and battling an infection. Make sure to clean the cut or wound first with water and hydrogen peroxide if necessary, then put on tea tree oil and cover with a bandage to help fight off infections.
A research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in 2006 found Tea Tree Oil to be effective at fighting the super-bug MRSA, which is a strain of staph bacteria that is resistant to many common antibiotics. For this reason, it’s often used as a natural remedy to prevent infection in small wounds, blisters, and burns.
Tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil is also a perfect ingredient in a homemade wound ointment.
Wound Healing Ointment
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Beeswax
10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
5 Drops Oregano Essential Oil
5 Drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
1 tsp of Vitamin E oil (as a preservative besides its wonderful benefits)
Melt the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler, just until liquified, let cool a bit then add the essential oils, one at a time.
Mix thoroughly, pour into a small jar or tin.
Put the mixture in the fridge to solidify. Store in a cool location because the salve can melt in hot temperatures.
Apply to minor cuts and scrapes, apply a bandage, if needed.
5. Sore Throat
Colds can develop into nasty sinus infections, and the resulting pressure and discomfort will make you miserable. When the infection sets in, an excess of mucous in the sinus cavities create painful pressure plus inflammation therefore you’ll have trouble draining that yucky stuff out of your nose. That is when the magical power of Tea Tree Essential Oil will be your saviour.
The anti bacterial, antibiotic and expectorant properties of Tea Tree through Steam inhalations is the best way to get rid of this annoying illness. To clear up a sinus infection, add 5-8 drops of tea tree oil to a bowl of freshly boiled water, lean over the bowl been careful of the steam and breath for a 10 minutes 3 times per day. My way to go is a nebuliser device (after the first use you will never let go of it) add 3-5 drops of tea tree (you can adjust the amount of drops, but this is powerful stuff) to the capsule and use the mask while you watch some TV, around 10 minutes or so. Do this 2 times per day.
You will feel much much better in no time!!