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Tea tree oil is derived from an Australian native plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. It is a very popular essential oil because it works as a powerful and efficient disinfectant which is gentle enough to apply on the skin in diluted form to fight skin infections and irritations.
At least for the past 100 years, the tea tree has been widely used in Australia for various purposes. And even earlier than that, the leaves of melaleuca were crushed and used. During the wars, the soldiers carried a bottle of tea tree oil to effectively cure any infections and clean up the cuts and wounds.
The amount of usages tea tree oil has is innumerable. Tea tree oil for skin is a remedy for many skin issues. It is used in diluted form as a remedy for acne or scars or infections. The crux is that tea tree oil can play an important role in your beauty regimen, if only you know how to put it to use. Although you cannot directly use tea tree oil on your skin, small amounts of it along with some other ingredients can prove quite effective.
Beauty Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Skin
The tea tree oil’s uses for skin are innumerable. Here a few of them.
1. Cleanses Skin
With its disinfectant properties, the diluted tea tree oil can deeply cleanse your skin while killing off any bacteria, fungus or virus lurking in your pores ready to cause harm to your skin.
2. Treat acne
Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil works as a natural remedy for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions by fighting the acne-causing bacteria. Dilute Tea tree oil with a suitable carrier and use a cotton ball to apply it over the acne and leave it for a few hours. Do this twice per day till acne subsides.
3. Treat Nail Infection
Nail infection may sound like a minor issue, but they can be quite uncomfortable and painful. Nail infection can be soothed by simply dabbing on a cotton ball which has been soaked in diluted tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can be used to fight some infections including a nail infection.
4. Treat chicken Pox & its Scars
You can simply add few drops of diluted tea tree oil in your bath water and soak in for half an hour or so for relief from itchiness and irritation caused by chickenpox.
Tea tree oil is also said to minimize the appearance of raised (hypertrophic) scars and tone the skin.
5. Reduce eczema
Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil into a moisturizer or carrier oil of your choice. Regular application of this mix to the affected areas immediately after getting out of the shower can prove to be a great remedy for reducing eczema.
6. Treat psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin condition where the skin becomes inflamed, scaly and a red patch develops around the affected area. Psoriasis is caused when dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin.
Tea tree oil is effective in this condition because it helps to remove the dry and dead skin cells that cause psoriasis. Its inherent antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties help and relieve burning and itching. It might, at times, even help speed healing. Use tea tree oil along with coconut oil to get relief from the discomfort caused by psoriasis.
7. Relieve fungal infection
The combination of tea tree oil, baking soda, and arrowroot powder is an effective remedy for fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. The combination absorbs moisture which is highly effective, as the fungus thrives in damp and moist places. The tea tree oil also has antiseptic properties which help to fight the fungus, hence it a very popular remedy for fungus.
8. Fight with boils
Dab tea tree oil diluted in almond oil in a cotton ball and apply to boils for relief from the redness, irritation, and pain. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties come into play to soothe and relieve the boils.
9. Burn Relief
Tea tree oil could be used to soothe sunburns if you ensured your skin is not sensitive to it or irritated by it. Its anti-inflammatory effect helps to soothe and relieve irritated skin and to reduce redness and swelling.
How to Get Healthy Skin by Using Tea Tree Oil?
You can use tea tree oil in a regular cleanser for better results. You can choose a face pack containing tea tree oil for this very purpose. You can make a natural cleanser at home by adding a few drops of tea tree oil in two tablespoons of raw honey. Mix them well and apply over your face. Rinse with warm water.
Add in few drops diluted oil in your exfoliation mask and get a deeply exfoliated skin for yourself.
Surprisingly, tea tree oil can work effectively with a moisturizer too. This is especially true as most of the carrier oils in which it is diluted are efficient natural moisturizers.
As tea tree can act upon scars and uneven skin tones, it also tends to work as an effective toner when adding in small quantities with your usual toner.
Precautions for Using Tea Tree Oil
- Buy tea tree oils that are labelled for therapeutic use and are organic, which means that the tea tree oil was checked to be free from chemical toxins, and solvents and passed OK.
- Check that Tea Tree Oil’s biological name “Melaleuca alternifolia” should be on the bottle’s label before buying. All the best tea tree oil brands make sure they include it on their packaging.
- Tea tree oil can make your skin more sensitive to the UV rays of the sun, so, be sure to use sun protection.
- It is important to not apply tea tree oil directly in its concentrated form to the skin as it might at the time prove too harsh for direct use. It is always better to dilute the oil with a carrier oil, like olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil.
- You need to be particularly careful when using tea tree oil around the eye area to avoid any redness or irritation in the sensitive area of skin.
- A patch test is a must before you apply tea tree oil on your skin for the first time. This helps to check if your skin is particularly allergic or sensitive to tea tree oil.
- Tea tree oil is known to be poisonous if swallowed, so even if you’re using tea tree oil as or in mouthwash, be careful not to swallow it