10 Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil To Naturally Fight Several Health Problems
February 8, 2018 18:12 By Fabiosa
Because of the first word of this magic ingredient, it tends to be confused with tea. But it's much more than just that. Keep reading to find out all of its health and beauty benefits.
Where does it come from?
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of a small Australian tree, called Melaleuca Alternifolia. It originally grew only in the eastern region of New South Wales. However, due to its world famous antibiotic and antiseptic properties, the huge demand has meant that it is now grown all throughout the country.
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Its named in honor of English Captain James Cook, who in 1770 observed that aboriginals in the region prepared a strange tea with the leaves of this plant to relieve certain illnesses, such as coughs, sore throat, insect bites, infections, burns, among others.
These native Australians crushed the leaves in order to extract the oil, which they then inhaled to treat said illness, or simply apply it directly to the skin.
Currently, we can find tea tree oil in different forms: as a 100% pure, undiluted oil. Diluted forms are also available, from 5-50% concentrations in various skincare products.
Keep reading to find out about the multiple uses and benefits of this versatile oil!
1. Fight acne.
Tea tree oil can be a powerful weapon against acne. Several studies have demonstrated that it helps reduce the number and severity of outbreaks. Apply it directly to the outbreak with a Q-tip three times per day. You can also cleanse the pores with vapor weekly. Just dilute 8-10 drops of oil in a pot of hot water and perform the vaporization for 10 minutes.
2. Multi-purpose cleaner.
Tea tree oil is a great multi-purpose cleaner which also disinfects surfaces. Plus, it does so without leaving any trace of chemical products that your family and pets can come into contact with. Combine 20 drops of tea tree oil, 3/4 cup of water, and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray directly onto surfaces, then clean with a dry cloth.
3. Eliminate fleas and ticks.
Just scrub your pet with a sponge that has been moistened with water and 10-20 drops of oil. Then, shower or bathe as usual. In the case of ticks, apply the oil directly to the region, and in a few minutes you'll see how they loosen by themselves. If you want to remove bad odors from your pet's house or bed, just apply a few drops of oil to the area.
3. Natural mouthwash.
Combine 12-15 drops of tea tree oil with 1 ounce of water to create a mouthwash solution capable of eliminating bacteria while refreshing your breath. How? Follow the same steps as any regular mouthwash; rinse in your mouth for a minute or two, then spit it out.
4. Treat athlete's foot.
Combine 1/4 cup of arrowroot, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 20-25 drops of tea tree oil. Mix and put into a covered container. Apply to clean, dry feet twice per day. Then say goodbye to this annoying problem!
5. Insect bites.
It's a great alternative to relieve and cure insect bites. It can also prevent them, since the strong aroma works as a natural insect repellent. Add 6-8 drops in two tablespoons of water, then apply to the affected areas of the skin to repel mosquitoes and other insects.
6. Fight dandruff.
A natural option! To help reduce dandruff, try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a tablespoon of shampoo when you wash your hair.
7. Eliminate fungus from the nails.
Although it isn't a serious health problem, it doesn't look nice. Use a few drops of tea tree oil on its own, or mix it with equal parts of coconut oil and apply to the affected area. Make sure to wash your hands immediately after applying it, in order to avoid spreading the fungus to other areas.
8. Antiseptic for minor cuts and scrapes.
To disinfect a cut or scrape, follow these steps:
Clean the cut thoroughly with soap and water. Mix one drop of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply a small amount of the mixture to the wound and cover with a bandage. Repeat this process once or twice per day until a scab forms.
9. Fight nasal congestion.
It can be used in steam baths by putting water to boil, then adding five drops of tea tree oil and breathing in the resulting vapor. This will give you almost immediate relief.
10. Post-waxing relief.
Women beware: Irritation after shaving is something we've probably all experienced. However, there's a natural alternative to fight the problem: Just add a few drops of tea tree oil to a cotton ball, apply to the affected areas, and watch the skin calm almost instantly!
As you can see, tea tree oil offers solutions to many everyday problems. Best of all is that it's 100% natural!
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