What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Oil is distilled from the leaves of the Australian shrub-like tree known as Melaleuca. This oil is one of the most enormously researched of all essential oils and is well-known for its powerful antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibiotic and nourishing properties because of its active ingredients which include terpene hydrocarbons, sesquiterpenes and monoterpenes.
Tea tree can be found in a variety of cosmetic products, like skin creams, shampoos, massage oils, and nail creams but usually they contain a small dilution of it, It is recommended that you invest in a bottle of 100 percent pure tea tree oil for best results.
But before using an undiluted one, perform a skin patch test. If it causes skin irritation, then dilute it with plain water or any other carrier oil, such as, jojoba, coconut or almond oil.
NOTE: Tea tree oil is not safe for internal consumption.
Now let’s take a closer look at some of the ways having a bottle of this oil in your shelf can literally change your life.
8 Amazing Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
1. Helps Treat Acne
Tea tree oil contains antibacterial properties which kill the bacteria that causes acne problems..The oil also reduces the sebum produced by the skin. Mix 2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil with a tablespoon of honey, apply this mixture to the problem area using a Q-tip or cotton pad, leave it on for about 15-20 minutes and then just rinse it off with water. [Works best at night time as tea tree oil can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.]
2. Promotes Nourished Skin
Mix one or two drops of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of coconut or almond oil and gently massage into the dry areas, such as your knees, knuckles or elbows for long lasting relief from dry, flaky skin. You could also mix the tea tree oil with glycerine to moisturise the skin.
3. Fights Dandruff & Scalp Itchiness
Dandruff is a common disorder of the scalp that is caused by irritated oily skin, bacteria and fungus infection on the scalp. This condition usually occurs when the scalp is too greasy or too dry.
For oily/greasy scalp:
Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with your regular shampoo, leave it on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse it off with plain water.
For dry scalp:
Mix the tea tree oil with a carrier oil (coconut/almond/castor oil) and gently massage into your scalp for about 15 minutes. Leave it overnight and in the morning Wash your hair thoroughly.
4. Boosts Hair Growth
Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with olive oil and massage gently into the scalp. This forms a protective layer on your hair that treats hair fall.
5. Treats Brittle Nails
Its anti fungal abilities play a role here. All you need to do is mix a few drops of tea tree oil with one-half teaspoon of Vitamin E oil/Almond oil and apply this mixture using a cotton swab to the your brittle nails to strengthen them. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse with water. Pat dry and apply a moisturizer.
6. DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner
To disinfect your makeup brushes, Put 1-2 drops of tea tree oil and a few drops of baby shampoo or brush cleaner in the water & let the brushes sit in the solution for about 10 minutes. Rinse the bristles with plain water.
7. Prevents/Treats Post-waxing Bumps
Did you know that post-waxing skin bumps are more prominent in women than men? If ignored, these little bumps can cause serious skin problems. Applying 2-3 drops of tea tree oil mixed with any carrier lotion, cold cream or oil is a great way to moisturize waxed skin. While the carrier will soothe the skin, the oil will kill the bacteria and heal the skin.
8. Treats Eczema & Psoriasis
Tea tree oil helps relieve any type of skin inflammation. Mix 5 drops of lavender oil, 5 drops of tea tree oil and one teaspoon of coconut oil to make a lotion. Apply it on the affected area atleast 15 minutes before you take a bath.