Hidden benefits of tea tree oil
6 amazing secrets you might not know about the powerful TEA TREE OIL
1. Acne hero
Tea tree oil can be a powerful weapon against acne. Several studies have shown that it helps reduce the amount and overall severity of acne. Some acne is caused by bacteria that are becoming resistant to traditional antibiotics. Tea tree oil was found to be as effective against acne as benzoyl peroxide, a common anti-acne medication. You can even make your own acne treatment by mixing one part tea tree oil with nine parts water and applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed.
2. Wound healing booster
In addition to preventing infection in cuts and abrasions, tea tree oil may also encourage wound healing. Research has shown that tea tree oil helps reduce inflammation and triggers the activity of white blood cells that are instrumental in the healing process. Tea tree oil is a known antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant, and these actions will help reduce inflammation and enhance healing. A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to the wound dressing each time a new dressing is applied.
It can also be used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes. Injuries that result in broken skin make it easy for germs to enter your bloodstream, which can lead to infection. Tea tree oil can be used to treat and disinfect minor cuts and abrasions.
To disinfect a cut or scrape, follow these steps:
- Clean the cut thoroughly with plain soap and water.
- Mix one drop of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil.
- Apply a small amount of the mixture to the injury and cover it with a bandage.
Repeat this process once or twice daily until a scab has formed.
3. Most natural deodorant
Tea tree oil’s antibacterial effects may help control underarm odor related to perspiration. Fresh sweat itself does not smell. But when after physical exertion, secretions from your sweat glands combine with bacteria on your skin, a moderate to strong odor is produced.
Tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting properties make it an ideal natural alternative to regular deodorants.
Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural hand sanitizer.Several trials have shown that natural tea tree oil kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness. You can boost your hand wash by adding a few drops of tea tree oil.
5. Athlete’s foot treatment
Athlete’s foot can be frustratingly hard to control. Known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection on the feet that can spread to the toenails and even hands. Symptoms include peeling, cracking, redness and blisters. Antifungal medications are considered to be a standard treatment for athlete’s foot. Tea tree oil can be an effective alternative for relieving symptoms.
Recipe for relief from Athlete’s foot:
- Combine 1/4 cup arrowroot powder, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 20–25 drops of tea tree oil.
- Stir to combine and place in a covered container.
- Apply to clean, dry feet twice per day.
6. Natural all-purpose cleaner
Tea tree oil makes a great all-purpose cleaner that also sanitises surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and floor. It does so without leaving chemicals you wouldn’t want to be left in your house.
Recipe for an all-natural cleaner:
- Combine 20 drops of tea tree oil, 3/4 cup water, and 1/2 cup apple vinegar in a spray bottle.
- Shake well until thoroughly mixed.
- Spray onto surfaces and wipe clean with a dry cloth.
- Make sure to shake the bottle before each use
The Bottom Line:
Although tea tree oil is generally safe when used on adults’ skin, allergic reactions may occur in some people. Tea tree oil may be unsafe for young children and pets. So always carefully check small amount of tea tree oil on your skin, and look out for any reaction to it. In any case, check with your doctor or pharmacist when you are unsure about the use of tea tree on your skin.