Being also known under the term melaleuca, tea tree oil is widely used because of its antiseptic features and its capacity to treat minor injuries and wounds. It originates from Melaleuca, which is an Australian native plant that has been used for centuries throughout whole Australia for various reasons.
Tea tree has innumerate uses, from elimination of mold and making DIY cleaning products to preparation of household and cosmetic products, including creams, shampoos, detergents, and etc.
Take a look at the following top 10 ways to use this versatile oil:
Elimination of acne
If you apply 5% tea tree oil it will provide you with the same results as if applying acne lotions that contain 5% benzoyl peroxide. It works more slowly, but it less irritates the skin. Use it twice on a daily basis for 45 days continuously in order to eliminate the acne symptoms.
Thanks to its cicatrizing features, tea tree heals wounds very quickly. At the same time, it protects the wounds from infections and eliminates the scars which are left from acne.
Stop smelly feet
Make your own powder for elimination of the stinky smell of your feet caused by bacteria. All you have to do is to mix equal amounts of cornstarch and baking soda, then add 10 drops of tea tree oil. Optionally, you can add 10 drops of lavender oil as well, and apply the mixture on your feet.
Cure fungal nail infections
Apply 100% tea tree oil solution on the affected part twice a day within 6-month period of time. This method will improve the appearance of your nails in 3 months.
Have smoother skin
Melaleuca oil which can be found in the tea tree oil has powerful antioxidant features that reduces age spots and wrinkles effectively.
Ringworm, a highly contagious fungal infection, can be treated by tea tree oil. In addition, tea tree oil prevents the expansion of the fungus. Dilute a couple of drops of this oil in carrier oil (such as almond or olive oil) and apply it on the affected part.
Relieve athlete`s foot
If you apply topically 25 or 50% tea tree oil, it will cure the fungal infection that caused the athlete`s foot. To relieve its symptoms (itching, burning, or scaling), you can also use a 10% cream.
Reduce flu and cold symptoms
Tea tree oil relieves coughs, colds, and chest infections. Rub some diluted oil on your chest before going to sleep in order to inhale the oil during tour sleep.
Tea tree oil, when diluted and applied on the hair scalp, can treat numerous hair conditions. It will improve blood flow, that is essential for boosting hair growth, prevention of hair loss, and keeping a healthy scalp.
Banish head lice
Tea tree oil eliminate lice in their 2 life stages and kill their eggs. In addition, it contains some ingredients with insecticidal features that make it a lot easier to comb the eggs out.