Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca, has been used for hundreds of years for its purifying and cleansing properties. There are countless tea tree oil uses, and we’ll take a look at a few of them below.
Known to possess potent antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is believed to contain 12x the purifying strength of phenol, which is why it is usually used as a natural way to treat infections. Tea tree oil is also known to boost the immune system, has the ability to rejuvenate the skin and provide protection against environmental and seasonal threats. Releasing a distinctly fresh herbaceous aroma with hints of earthly tones, tea tree oil is very soothing to the senses, especially when inhaled.
Tea Tree Oil Uses
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Tea Tree Oil For Acne
So many today suffer with acne: not only teenagers, but also adults and mature people. Acne can be devastating both physically and emotionally, so let’s see how we can help diminish (and even completely exterminate) the ugly effects of acne.
One natural, yet effective way in treating acne is through the topical use of tea tree essential oil. According to a study by Basset et al., in 1990, 5% tea tree oil has been found to be equivalent to 5% benzoyl peroxide. Similarly, another study in 1995 found that tea tree essential oil works for acne by killing P. bacterium, the bacteria involved in acne formation.
So how can you use tea tree oil for acne? Here are just a few ideas:
- add a few drops to your regular moisturizer (3-10 drops depending on the size of your moisturizer bottle)
- make some bath salts to use in your bath water if you have body acne (1 cup of Epsom salt and 10 drops of tea tree oil)
- add 3 to 5 drops of tea tree oil to a small container of plain yogurt and use it as a mask. Keep the mask on for about 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
- make a roll-on to treat on the spot: 10 drops of tea tree, 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of frankincense, topped off with jojoba oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Apply this before bed, after thoroughly cleaning your face.
Tea Tree Oil For Hair
Hair is one of our most beautiful assets: who doesn’t love soft, manageable hair that shines and smells great? The truth is it takes a lot to keep your hair looking beautiful and most hair products will damage your hair in the long run.
Then there are those how lose their hair, and what wouldn’t they give to help it grow back? Essential oils, including tea tree oil, are an excellent complementary therapy for hair loss.
One of the best ways I found to keep my hair beautiful was to add tea tree oil to my regular shampoo (a few drops will do), and keep a bottle of my favorite homemade hair spray by my bed. Here’s what keeps my hair healthy and gorgeous:
- 5 drops of lavender oil
- 4 drops of rosemary oil
- 7 drops of melaleuca/tea tree oil
- 4 OZ. glass spray bottle
Fill the glass bottle about 3/4 full with water and add the oils, and remember to shake it well before each use. Spray your hair with this and massage it in your scalp at bed time.
Tea Tree Oil For Skin
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Tea tree oil is especially helpful in treating various skin disorders, primarily because of its potent antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and tissue regenerative properties.
Tea Tree Oil For Face
One of the most visible signs of aging is seen in the face in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, and decreased skin elasticity and tone. There are many products available in the market that promise to reduce the signs of aging, but since most of them are synthetic, we are better off not using those.
For me, using natural products like tea tree essential oil is the way to go. Tea tree oil can also calm, purify, and repair cells, thus reducing the signs of aging.
Tea Tree Oil For Warts
Warts are those annoying, small bumps caused by HPV or human papilloma virus. Though warts may disappear on their own, they can be bothersome as they usually appear in the hands and the feet.
There is a natural method to control warts, and that is through the use of essential oils that have potent antiviral properties. oregano is a very effective use in wart removal, but it;s a hot oil and can cause damage if it touches the skin surrounding the wart. On the other hand, tea tree oil is very effective while also being safe.
In the short video below, Dr Holly Lucille tells you how to get rid of your warts :
Tea Tree Oil For Dandruff
Vibrant hair requires healthy scalp, and a fine scalp means the absence of dandruff. For a long time, tea tree essential oil has been used to remedy scalp problems, and modern science confirms that tree oil can indeed help keep scalp problems at bay due to its anti-fungal properties, specifically because of its phenol chemical component known as terpin-4-ol. When applied directly into the scalp, terpin-4-ol has the ability to penetrate the hair follicles, killing and unclogging microorganisms that are responsible for dandruff formation. It further helps to get rid of dead skin cells and dirt, creating a favorable environment for a healthy hair to grow. In addition, tea tree oil also has a natural moisturizing effect that solutions dry and itchy scalp.
Tea Tree Oil For Lice
In the past, tea tree oil has been a controversial treatment for lice. However, mounting evidence has shown that the use of tea tree oil is one effective alternative to harmful insecticides prescribed for treating lice. A recent study discovered that most of the children who were treated with tea tree oil in combination with lavender oil were no longer infested with lice the day after the last treatment.
Another study published in the International Journal of Dermatology suggests that essential oils including tea tree oil, lavender oil, and peppermint oil were comparable to the effects of DEET, a popular louse/lice repellent.
There are a lot more tea tree oil uses, but these few will give you an idea of the benefits of using tea tree oil on a daily basis.
How To Use Tea Tree Oil
Topically, tea tree oil can be applied in areas of concern, especially in cases of acne, blisters, sunburns, cold sores, and other skin complaints; however, when used in delicate areas, it is advisable to dilute the oil in carrier oils such as coconut oil or jojoba oil.
Aromatically, tea tree oil can be diffused into air using a diffuser or inhaled directly from bottle to give relief to respiratory problems such as cough and congestion.
Always test for skin sensitivity to avoid contact sensitization. Moreover, keep essential oil away from sensitive areas of the eyes, ears, or nose. It is also important to remember that not all oils are created equal, as there are oils that have been produced synthetically or oils that have been adulterated with low quality oils, so test essential oil brands carefully.
Never ingest tea tree oil: it’s toxic!
History of Tea Tree Oil
Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy first introduced tea tree oil to the West after discovering an aromatic tree with wondrous qualities when he settled in Australia in 1770. During that time, he noticed that when the leaves of the tree were boiled they rendered the taste and scent of a spicy tea, thus the name “tea tree”. But more than the taste and smell, the famous navigator was very much impressed with the medicinal qualities of the tree. He discovered that Australian aborigines had long known and used tea tree in various methods for numerous medical ailments like wounds, cuts, infections, cough, colds, congestion, and insomnia.
After Cook discovered tea tree, there was a time when this amazing plant was forgotten, until an Australian Chemist named Arthur Penfold rediscovered its potent antiseptic effects in 1923. Since then, tea tree oil became popular in treating infected wounds. As a matter of fact, Australian soldiers were given tea tree oil as a prime component of their first aid kits.
Do you ever wonder why tea tree oil is very effective as a natural remedy for various medical ailments? This is because this essential oil contains chemical constituents that possess a wide range of therapeutic activities. According to studies, tea tree oil has the following chemical components:
- Monoterpenes (up to 70%): alpha & gamma terpines (<40%), p- cymene (<12%), alpha- pinene and beta- pinene (<8%), terpinolene, l-limonene, sabinene, myrcene, alpha- thujene
- Phenols: terpine- 4- ol (<40%)
- Sesquiterpenes (up to 20%): alpha and delta cadinenes (<8%), aromadendrene (<7%), viridiflorene (<5%), beta- caryophellene, alpha- phellandrene
- Oxides (up to 6%): 1,8 cineole (< 14%), 1,4 cineol (<3%), caryophellene oxide
- Alcohol: alpha and beta terpineols (<8%)
- Sequiterpene Alcohols (<5%): globulol, viridiflorol
Enjoy your tea tree oil and don’t hesitate to share with us your experience using it.
In the recipe for the hair spray it says to fill the bottle 3/4 full and then add oils. What do you fill with?
Thanks for pointing that out: fixed it! Fill 3/4 with water.
I would use distilled water unless you are expecting to use it all within a few weeks
I was using 1/8 cup of distilled water…1/8 cip ACV..8 drops of Tea Tree oil as a toner for my face ( I’m 61)… I was told that it’s too drying for mature skin…is this true?… I loved how it made my face feel….OR….was it just to try and get me to BUY product at Body Shop…
How do YOU feel? If your skin doesn’t feel dry, and you feel good, you’re fine. We all react in different ways and what can be drying for someone can be perfectly fine for someone else.