| Randall Agee
In recent times, tea tree oil has gained immense popularity as an alternative treatment to eliminate many strains of fungi, viruses and bacteria. It is commonly found in cosmetics, medicines, and household products, making it a versatile and valuable addition to aromatherapeutic practices.
Before speaking on the treatments, let us take a look at what exactly is tea tree oil and how was it discovered?
Tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca tree, found in the southeast coast of Australia. In 1770, Captain James Cook – a British naval captain and explorer discovered the aromatic tree during his voyage to Australia. The local natives told him about its healing qualities and that prompted the explorer to make his own herbal tea from the leaves of the tree.
(FYI, tea tree is not related to the common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas – don’t confuse these two together)
Here are the eight ways to use tea tree oil for your skin, hair, and home:
1. Tea tree oil for moisturizing:
Add 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil to two tablespoons of warm coconut oil. Allow the mixture to return to a solid state and apply to hands, knees, elbows or any hardened area of your body for softening.
2. Tea Tree Oil for Home Cleaning:
Make a tea tree oil cleanser by mixing the oil with water in a spray bottle. Add vinegar and a few drops of lemon essential oil then use it on your countertops, kitchen appliances, shower, toilet, and sinks.
3. Tea Tree Oil for Refreshing Toothbrush:
Add a drop or two of tea tree oil to a small cup of water and soak your toothbrush in the solution for a day. Before using, wash the brush thoroughly after it is taken out of the solution.
Note - Avoid ingesting the oil, it is toxic.
4. Tea Tree Oil For Fighting Acne:
Mixing one part of tea tree oil with nine parts of water and apply the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed. Studies have shown that gels containing tea tree oil lessen the lesions and acne after frequent uses.
5. Tea Tree Oil For Refreshing Laundry:
Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your detergent or in the washing machine will make your laundry smell fresher after drying. Its natural properties will also boost the cleansing power of your regular wash cycle.
By now you know that tea tree oil can be helpful in quite a few ways. Although it is important to do a patch test on your inner elbow before using the oil as it can cause irritation and allergy to a few.
6. Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis:
Rub a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with olive oil into your psoriasis patches several times a day. You can also treat psoriasis by combining 10 – 15 drops of tea tree oil with two tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Apply twice or thrice a day, as needed.
7. Tea Tree Oil For Eliminating Dandruff:
You can also make an overnight treatment with tea tree oil. Fill a small, empty bottle about three-quarters full with a carrier oil like almond oil or jojoba oil. Add 15 drops of tea tree oil and shake the mixture bottle. Apply this mixture to your scalp by massaging it in for several minutes; ensuring your scalp is completely dowsed. Cover your hair with a shower cap and keep it on overnight. Wash your hair in the morning and feel the difference.
8. Tea Tree Oil For Softening Nails:
Pour jojoba oil into a small, dark-colored glass bottle then add a few drops of tea tree and lavender oils. Cap the bottle tightly and shake the mixture well. Massage a few drops into your nails and cuticles daily to soften your cuticles and prevent them from breaking.