Essential oils have a multitude of uses that many swear by to alleviate aches and pains. One oil that seems to be a cure-all is Tea Tree Oil. This essential oil appears on countless natural remedy recipes, and has natural compounds backed by science to be good for your health. In fact, it’s been the topic of almost 450 scientific studies published in the US national Library of Medicine.
Tea tree oil comes from the Australian tea tree and is actually toxic if ingested, so it should only be used topically. It is so potent that it should be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. This magic oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, though there hasn’t yet been concrete evidence to suggest it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or anti-viral properties. It’s important to consult a medical professional if you are seeking to replace traditional means of treatment with any holistic medicinal approach.
Here are 5 ways to use tea tree oil:
- Treat acne
One of the tested and true uses of tea tree oil is to treat acne. Because acne is largely the result of inflammation caused by dirt clogging pores, tea tree oil can help cleanse your skin and calm it. It’s a great alternative to harsh chemicals like benzoyl peroxide which can dry out your skin. Try adding a few drops to a mixture of raw honey and aloe vera gel for a natural solution, or to your facial moisturizer.
- Treat Dandruff
Your itchy, flaky scalp can be tamed by tea tree oil. Since dandruff is often caused by inflammation, the tea tree oil can soothe it. Try doing hair masks once in a while and mix the tea tree oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive. Wash out with a gentle cleanser. Make sure you’re not having an allergic reaction to your shampoo and conditioner, which could be the root cause of the inflammation
- Treat Dry, Flaky Skin
If you suffer from psoriasis, eczema, or just dry patches, try adding tea tree oil to your favorite moisturizer. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe redness and alleviate uncomfortable itching.
There are so many deodorants riddled with chemicals that are known carcinogens, such as aluminum compounds. Often, the active ingredient in deodorant is Aluminum chloralhydrate or aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly, which are great for plugging sweat ducts; but they’re also known to mimic estrogen, which is thought to lead to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. An alternative to consider is tea tree oil to combat odor-causing microbes. It can also be used to treat smelly feet.
Essential oil diffusers are calming appliances that fill your air with a healing scent. It is thought that diffused tea tree oil in the air can boost the immune system. This is, of course, if you’re partial to the scent. If you collect essential oils, you can try combining a few drops to create a scent you like.