For centuries, tea tree oil has been in use among the southeast Australian communities for its variegated applications. But during the last few decades, research groups all around the globe have come up on the front to discover and prove the incredible benefits it harbours. As a result, we have tea tree oil widely available these days complete with all its beneficial qualities. Tea tree oil has a clear golden-yellow color, and camphor-like odour. This essential oil is a must-have in every home’s medicine cabinet being inexpensive and highly beneficial. It is broadly known as an all-round remedy. Now-a-days, tea tree oil is almost found in every house-care or cosmetic products like sanitizers, face washes, body lotions, shampoos and soaps, and disinfectants.
Listed down are the top most 15 benefits of tea tree oil that you can avail.
Tea tree oil acts as an all-natural disinfectant and can be used to clean every household area, such as the floors, tiles, dishes, mats, laundry, kitchen appliances, counter tops, toilet and sinks. Its potent antimicrobial and antiseptic properties would kill off the germs and keep your home neat and clean. A drop of this volatile essential oil can also disinfect your toothbrush. To use tea tree oil as a disinfectant wisely, mix it with water, vinegar and lemon essential oil, and then use it from a spray bottle. You can also try spraying it on your laundry to make them smell nice.
It acts as a powerful antiseptic and aids in the healing of cuts, wounds, burns, rashes, allergic reactions, insect bites and stings pretty quickly. It soothes your skin and relieves you from the stinging sensation. You can use it in your bathwater by adding a few drops in it. Or you can mix it with lavender essential oil to make a homemade ointment. Remember to clean the area before applying tea tree oil, and also cover it with a bandage afterwards to prevent further spread of the infection.
- Cure for acne
Tea tree oil can valiantly tackle the most common skin problem of all times, which is acne or pimples. It has revealed that it can be as efficacious as its synthetic counterpart but minus all the negative effects. To get best results, add a few drops of tea tree oil to 1 tbsp. of yogurt and honey each. It will serve as an exceptional face wash in remedying the acne on your face. It also removes the dark spots left by acne.
The strong fragrance of tea tree oil is believed to be very helpful in aromatherapy. It is used in ameliorating chest and head congestion, stuffy nose, and all other symptoms of cold and flu. For best results, use it in steam inhalation. The oil molecules clear the nasal passages and relieve you from a stuffy nose. Using a few drops in your bath water will save you from developing a cold as well.
Tea tree oil’s potent anti-fungal property has provided comfort to people all over the world. Hugely effective and a natural remedy, tea tree oil can be used to treat athlete’s foot, toenail infections, warts, corns, ringworms, genital infections, and any other fungal infections. Although you need to dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil to avoid burning if you have sensitive skin, tea tree oil certainly proves to be a better alternative than any other remedy. Using a cotton ball, apply the mixture oil on the infected skin area. Repeat this regularly until the infection vanishes.
Tea tree oil helps in keeping bugs away as well. It acts as a natural insect repellent and hence, keeps mosquitoes, flies, lice, bugs, ants and other insects away. The powerful scent of the oil is responsible for this wonderful property. You can mix a few drops of tea tree oil with water and wipe your kitchen cabinets to keep it free from ants and cockroaches. You can also mix a few drops with a vehicle oil and apply it on skin making a barrier between the insects and your skin.
- Make-up remover
Removing make-up with a natural herbal oil effectively? Yes, tea tree oil can do that wonder effectively. You can blend a few drops of tea tree oil in a carrier oil such as coconut oil or canola oil to use it as a natural make-up remover. Use a cotton swab to apply it on the face. Keep it on for 2-3 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. And voila! You have removed your make-up in just a few minutes.
- Hair growth
Tea tree oil is very popular for its amazing quality to stimulate hair growth. It penetrates down the hair shafts and nourishes your hair from within. However, you must not forget to mix it with a carrier oil before applying it on your hair. A massage with the mixture oil will render a refreshing and calming effect on your scalp. A good massage will lead to a better blood circulation on your scalp which helps in promoting the growth and nourishment of your hair. These days you would find tea tree oil as an active ingredient in many hair care products.
- Dandruff and lice
Tea tree oil is well-known for its infection combating abilities, and dandruff and lice are two more issues that the tea tree oil has qualified in fighting off. It has the ability to remove dry flaking skin and get you rid of dandruff within days if applied regularly.
- To treat razor burns and cuts
The antiseptic nature of tea tree oil helps in soothing the razor burns or cuts that you get while shaving. Take a cotton ball and soak it in the diluted oil and then gently apply it on your skin after shaving.
- Cures dry skin
Tea tree oil also possesses the ability to cure dry skin. You can massage a blend of tea tree oil and almond oil on your skin. Leave it on for some time. Wash it off during bathing. To obtain supple, tender and glowing skin, you should use it on a regular basis. It will help in retaining moisture, thus, steering away dry skin.
- Dental Health
Tea tree oil is a stunning home remedy for maintaining your dental health. It is used as an active ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpastes these days. Tea tree oil destroys the bacteria in the mouth and helps in getting rid of bad mouth odour. It also treats inflamed gums, gingivitis and tooth decay. Use products containing tea tree oil to bid farewell to all kinds of oral health problems.
Tea tree oil can be used to make your own homemade hand sanitizer. It is equipped with powerful antiseptic, and anti-microbial properties, and therefore presents itself as a great ingredient to be used in hand sanitizers.
- Immune system
Loaded with antibacterial and antiviral qualities, tea tree oil can be used in healing the illnesses of major body organs and also in boosting your immune system. Tea tree oil should not be, however, ingested and it has a very strong nature that can burn your sensitive skin. It can only be used topically.
- Psoriasis and Eczema
Tea tree oil has proved to be an effective, natural home remedy to treat skin inflammations like psoriasis and eczema. You can add a few spoons of tea tree oil with a spoon of coconut oil and a few more spoons of lavender oil and make a potion that will heal this skin issues magically.
Word of caution: Tea tree oil must never be ingested as it works as a poison if it is swallowed. You should also keep in mind that this essential oil should not be used on babies of less than six months of age as it may burn or irritate their sensitive skin.