Of all the essential oils, tea tree oil is the one most frequently subject to research. The tea tree oil is made from a shrub known as Melaleuca in Australia, and it is believed that the Australian aboriginals have used its healing properties, especially against skin diseases, for thousands of years, before chemist Arthur Penfold learned in the 1920s it is actually a potent antiseptic.
Below are 10 ways you can use this oil to treat skin conditions.
1. Treating acne
The tea tree oil is rich in potent antibacterial and antifungal properties which are also anti-inflammatory.
According to a research carried out by the Department of Dermatology at Camperdown, New South Wales, when comparing the effectiveness of tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide, a known acne cure, against acne, the Royal prince Alfred Hospital in Australia learned that “5% tea-tree oil and 5% benzoyl peroxide had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients’ acne.”
And yet another study conducted by the Skin Diseases and Leishmaniasis Research Center at Iran;s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, confirmed that the tea tree oil helps against mild to moderate acne.
You only need a small amount of this strong oil to clear sebaceous glands in your skin. The oil dries the whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, acne, disinfects the pores, and helps the skin a great deal against other irritations.
2. Relieving psoriasis
The itchy, reddish skin disease known as psoriasis inflames areas on the skin and occurs when dead cells accumulate on the surface on the skin and look like thick silvery or red scales and patches that are unbearable itchy and sometimes even painful.
Although there’s no formal cure for this disease, its symptoms can be eased by putting tea tree oil on it. Its anti-inflammatory qualities should help accelerate the healing.
This oil is helpful because it dries out and removes the dead skin cells that are causing the psoriasis. It is rich in antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal components and this is what helps ease the itching, pain, and soreness.
If you plan on using this oil against psoriasis, put 10 drops of tea tree oil and mix it with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Apply a small amount of it on affected area and repeat this several times a day.
Eczema can similarly cause a vexing itching problem, dryness, rash, and even blistering, resulting in an impulse to scratch and will surely rob you of a good night sleep.
The antiseptic attributes of the tea tree oil will relieve the itching and help the skin heal. Moreover its antiviral and antibacterial properties will prevent any potential infections from spreading.
Mix about 20 drops of tea tree oil with half a cup of coconut oil and apply the mixture on the affected skin a couple of times every day. If you have other areas on your body affected by eczema you might want to consider taking a refreshing tea tree oil bath.
4. Cuts and infections
Combine tea tree oil with lavender essential oil to treat cuts or infections. First clean the wound thoroughly with water and hydrogen peroxide and afterward mix two drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil in jojoba oil.
Apply it on the affected area and make sure to bandage it to avoid infections.
5. Razor burn relief
Razor burns can be as unpredictable as they can be painful and tea tree oil will work wonders alleviating the burning pain from razor cuts.
Put several drops of the tea tree oil mixed with witch hazel on a cotton ball and apply on places you’re cut after shaving and it will instantly relieve the pain.
6. Get rid of athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot (or athlete foot) is a fungal skin infection which appears and spread on one’s feet. To treat it, you can create your own powder using tea tree oil, arrowroot powder, and baking soda.
With the help of the baking soda and arrowroot powder’s healing properties against athlete foot, the tea tree oil will eliminate the fungus and prevent the infection from spreading.
7. Makeup remover
Ladies can use the tea tree oil to easily remove their make up using this natural ointment instead of throwing their money on all sorts of cosmetic products.
Blend a quarter cup of extra-virgin olive oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil in a 4-ounce glass jar. Close the jar with a lid and stir it till it is nicely blended. Place it in a dark and cool place when you’re not using it.
Tea tree oil can be used to treat staph infection and boils. All you need to do is mix tea tree oil in almond oil and put some on a cotton ball. Apply it to affected area a 2-3 times a day.
Another use for the tea tree oil is to remove warts since it is rich in antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties thaw battle the virus.
The tea tree oil also contains a potent antimicrobial called terpinen-4 which dries out and prevents growth of warts. Wash your hands and the affected area then put some pure tea tree oil on the wart and bandage it and leave it for at least eight hours.
Repeat the process and re-bandage the area with a clean bandage and the wart should eventually naturally fall off. It may take somewhere between one to two four weeks.
10. Soothe chicken pox and fade scars
Despite vaccinations, chickenpox has the tendency of appearing every now and then and it is characterized by itching and intense urge to scratch which can ultimately damage the skin.
The best way to treat chickenpox with tea tree oil is to take a warm bath. Add 5 drops of tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil under the running water while you’re filling up your bath, and when it’s full, soak for at least 20 minutes. This will eventually ease the itching.