How many of you know about tea tree oil? Tea Tree Oil is highly known for its incredible healing properties and antimicrobial activities. I am pretty sure that many of you have seen various skin care and hair care products that contain tea tree extract. The “Body Shop” is particularly needed to be mentioned here as they have launched an entire skin care line that contains tea tree extracts as its main ingredient.
So, why is the tea tree oil so great? Let’s find out all about it-
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Tea tree oil
also known as melaleuca oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of the Australian native tree, Melaleuca alternifoliais.
The Aboriginal tribes in Australia found out the healing properties of tea tree oil thousand years ago. They used tea tree oil to heal any wounds and to soothe skin. The natives used to boil the leaves and apply that to any burns, cuts, wounds, and skin infections.
Tea tree oil has potent antibacterial, antifungal properties.
Terpenes, a chemical compound that is the active compounds in tea tree oil, is responsible for the antibacterial and antifungal properties of tea tree oil. Scientific studies have shown that this miracle oil is effective against MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) which is a strain of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that has developed resistance to the particular type of antibiotics.
Tea tree oil can heal and soothe –
- Athlete’s foot
- Softens corns
- Cuts and scrapes
- Insect bites
- Fungal nail infection
There is still research going on whether tea tree oil is effective against cold sores, vaginal infections, and other infections.
Here are a few different ways you can use tea tree oil
- Mix a few drops with your regular moisturizer and massage it gently into your skin to cure dry skin.
- Buy face cleanser that contains tea tree oil or add a few drops to your regular cleanser.
- You can add few drops of tea tree oil to your bath
- Dab a few drops of tea tree oil with a cotton swab and apply it over the affected areas (blemishes, dark spots, pimple) on the skin.
- Make different masks adding tea tree oil. You can add few drops of this essential oil to 1tbsp each of yogurt and honey. Apply the mask on the problematic area and then wash off after 20 minutes.
- NEVER ingest tea tree oil
- Use the tea tree oil as a TOPICAL remedy only.
- AVOID the eyes area.
You can get the Body Shop’s tea tree oil (10ml) at £8.00 at thebodyshop.co.uk
Be sure to check with your dermatologist first if you have sensitive skin. Also, always do a patch test on your arm first.
Tea tree oil is undoubtedly very beneficial as it has so much medicinal, healing, and antibacterial properties. If you suffer from severe acne or other skin infection, you may want to try this essential oil after consulting with your doctor.