Read further to know about the most well known benefits of Tea Tree oil.
If you are suffering from blemishes, dark spots, pimple outburst etc, tea tree oil is your saviour. Dab a few drops of this essential oil on a cotton swab and apply it over the affected areas on the skin. You can also use face washes and gels, which contain pure tea tree oil in them. This is a lot better and a natural alternative, rather than using harsh chemicals and alcohol.
2. Relief From Pink Eye:
Most of us suffer from Pink eye or “conjunctivitis” at some point in our life. The reddening of the eyes due the virus results in “eye flu” or conjunctivitis. To reduce the pain and the itching in the eyes, tea tree oil can be used. Boil green tea bags in water and add a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Boil for 5 minutes and cool it. Place it on your eyes and keep for 20 minutes. This will provide instant relief to your eyes.
3. Relief From Razor Burns:
Razor burns and ingrown hair can become quite uncomfortable and painful if not treated properly. To cure it, after shaving dab a few drops of tea tree essential oil on a piece of cotton and apply on the infected areas. This will provide a soothing sensation to your skin. For ingrown hair, dilute the oil in water, and then apply it on the affected areas.
4. Skin Treatment:
Tea tree oil can be used as an effective anti-viral and anti-fungal home remedy and can be used to cure athlete’s foot and fungal nail infection. It also has antiseptic properties and is used to treat cuts, wounds, burns, boils and other skin disorders. You can either boil the tea tree leaves in water or dilute the essential oil in water and apply over the affected areas to get instant results. It soothes the skin and reduces the redness and itching.
5. Reduces Acne:
You must have seen various anti-acne skin creams and face washes which contain tea tree extracts. Studies have shown that tea tree oil is just as effective as benzoly peroxide, to reduce acne. It is a natural alternative for curing acne, without negative side effects like reddening and peeling of skin. It also reduces sebum production by the skin and fights off the acne producing bacteria on the skin. Tea tree oil is an excellent skin treatment especially for oily and acne prone skin.
6. Health Benefits:
Tea tree oil helps in strengthening the body’s immune system, which may be weakened by stress, illness, consumption of antibiotics and other drugs. It also treats the respiratory problems like common cold, cough, asthma and bronchitis. Tea tree oil has anti viral properties which help to cure chicken pox, cold sores, measles etc.
7. Oral Problems:
When used as a mouth wash, tea tree oil can help to cure bad breath, plague, inflamed gums and gingivitis. It kills the bacteria in the mouth and reduces the pain and irritation due to its anti-bacterial properties.
For use, dilute 3 drops of the essential oil in a bowl of warm water. Use this to rinse the mouth twice a day to get rid of the various oral problems.
8. Dandruff and Lice:
Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo and use it regularly to get rid of lice and reduce dandruff. Studies have shown that shampoo with 5% of tea tree oil is quite effective for the same.
9. Keeps Bugs Away:
Tea tree oil acts as a natural insect deterrent, thus keeping mosquitoes, flies, lice and bugs away. Simply mix a few drops of this oil with a carrier oil like mineral oil or sunflower oil and apply it on the skin.
10. For Cleaning:
Tea tree oil can be used as an all purpose cleanser, thus can be used to clean the floors, tiles, dish washing, mats, laundry etc. For this mix two drops of the oil in a cup of water and use it in a spray bottle. You can spray this over your laundry to make it smell fresh and clean.
One should be very careful and should not consume the oil orally.
It should be stored in a dark glass bottle, to avoid its reaction with light which reduces its potency.