Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an essential oil that has been around for quite a while. It hasn’t been until the past decade has its healing benefits been catching on like wildfire.
The oil is extracted from a plant native to Australia and cannot be found naturally occurring elsewhere.
When I began using essential oils, I thought they were mainly meant to help things smell yummy. As I learned more about them, though, I found that many have healing properties and can even be used to natural boost the immune system.
For years, people have used tea tree oil to help with skin aliments from acne to psoriasis. But its benefits don’t end there.
Tea Tree Oil For Cancer
both tea tree oil and frankincense oil have been proven to have anti-cancer benefits. For abnormal skin lesions, you can mix l frankincense oil, raspberry seed oil and tea tree oil, then place on the area three times daily.
Tea Tree Oil for Infections and Cuts
Tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil is the perfect ingredient in a homemade wound ointment. Make sure to clean a cut first with water and hydrogen peroxide if necessary, then put on tea tree oil and cover with a bandage to help fight off infections. A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology even found tea tree oil helps kills MRSA and staph infections.
Tea Tree Oil for Toenail Fungus and Ringworm
Because of its ability to kill parasites and fungal infections, tea tree oil is a great choice to use on toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm. Put tea tree oil undiluted on the affected area using a clean cotton swab. And for stubborn fungi, consider mixing it with natural anti-fungal oil of oregano. Tea tree oil has also been proven beneficial for treating and removing warts, so simply put tea tree oil directly on the area for 30 days once or twice daily.
Tea Tree Oil for Acne
One of the most common uses for tea tree oil today is in skin care products, as it’s considered one of the most effective home remedies for acne. One study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the associated negative side effects that many people experience including red, dried and peeling skin.
You can make a homemade gentle tea tree oil acne face wash by mixing five drops of pure tea tree essential oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Simply rub on your face, leave on for one minute, then rinse off.
Tea Tree Oil for Psoriasis
Tea tree oil can help relieve any type of skin inflammation, including being used as a natural eczema treatment and for reducing psoriasis. Simply mix one teaspoon coconut oil, five drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender oil to make homemade tea tree oil eczema lotion or body soap.
And Many others uses in:
- Bacterial infections
- Cold sores
- Congestion and respiratory tract infections
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Dry cuticles
- Itchy insect bites, sores and sunburns
- Boils from staph infections
Tea tree oil may cause side effects if there is interaction with other drugs and may cause side effects in your pregnancy. Be sure to consult your doctor before use it.
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