Useful Tips On Tea Tree Oil

Before sharing any cool tips on tea tree oil let’s talk about what tea tree oil even is. Not to be confused with an extract of the tea plant (Camellia sinensus), tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melalenca alternifolia.) Although it is highly toxic when ingested, thanks to its antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, expectorant and antiviral properties, tea tree oil has a surprising number of externally uses which can help cure or prevent a whole host of everyday maladies, which is why it’s often referred to as the “medicine cabinet in a bottle.”

Let’s take an in-depth look at just some of the ways having tea tree oil in your home can literally change your life, but first let’s discuss tea tree oil safety.

• TEA TREE OIL SAFETY 

The main safety consideration with tea tree oil is skin iritation. While tea tree oil is generally considered one of the safer essential oils for undiluted use on skin, those with sensitive skin should dilute it with a carrier oil – such as sweet almond, olive or coconut oil. Before using tea tree oil undiluted, undertake a skin patch test. Never take tea tree oil internally.

• ACNE TREATMENT 

Tea tree oil’s antimicrobial terpenes content also makes it popular for combating acne. Not only does it kill MRSA or staph infections, but it will also kill Propionibacterium acnes that live inside hair follicles and can lead to inflammation and acne. The oil also contains soothing properties that help to calm the burning and itching of a flare-up. (Ya don’t want that now, do we?) 

A gel composed of 5% tea tree oil, when applied to affected areas has been shown in studies to be as effective as an identical dose of benzoyl peroxide. Treatment takes a bit longer with tea tree oil, but this natural acne remedy is also proven to be less damaging to skin. You can even make your own inexpensive DIY tea tree oil acne face wash by combining five drops of pure tea tree oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. (Or if you’re vegan like me, I realized a little bit of Agave Honey can do the same trick.)  Gently rub the mixture onto your face, leave it on for about a minute, and then rinse with cool water.

• NAIL FUNGUS 

Tea tree oil has the ability to kill parasites and fungal infections, which is why it’s so popular for use in fighting toenail fungus, ringworm and athlete’s foot. In fact, it’s been proven to work just as well as over-the-counter chemical treatments in studies. Apply undiluted tea tree oil twice daily to affected areas like nails or feet to relieve symptoms, and possibly completely heal these unsightly ailments. If the problem is extra stubborn, you may want to mix it with oregano essential oil which is also a potent antifungal. It has been proven in medical studies to kill off candidiasis, that bacteria or fungus that can grow within your system.

• ELIMINATE FOOT ODOR

You can keep your feet smelling nice by making a homemade foot powder with tea tree oil. Mix up one-quarter cup cornstarch, one-quarter cup baking soda and 7 to 10 drops eachof  tea tree oil and lavender oil.  Powder your feet and the insides of your shoes and you’ll keep that foot dry and smellin’ nice. Thank me later.

Tea tree oil diluted in water is also a great natural remedy for a sore throat.  A sore throat is caused by a viral or bacterial infection that also causes a cold or the flu. These viruses and bacteria cause inflammation of the mucous membranes and contribute to a sore throat. A tea tree oil gargle is enough to soothe the inflammation and relieve the pain. It’s especially effective when used at the first sign of throat pain or a cold, to prevent it from becoming worse.

One of the best ways to use tea tree for a sore throat is to breathe in the steam. To do so, add a few drops of tea tree oil to boiling water, and then lower your face toward the vapors, keeping a towel draped over the back of your head and around the sides of the pot to help trap the steam. Inhale the vapors, breathing deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. Afterward, not only will your throat feel better, but the treatment will help clear up any sinus or chest congestion too. Alternatively, you can gargle with it like you would a mouth rinse by warming up a glass of water, adding a couple drops of tea tree oil and mixing it in; gargle for 30 seconds to one minute, and then spit it out. Repeat either method twice each day to kill bacteria and relieve soreness, until all symptoms are gone.

As mentioned, be extra careful not to swallow any tea tree oil as it is toxic when ingested.

• SCALP & PROMOTES HAIR GROWTH 

Tea tree oil has proven to be very beneficial for the health of both your scalp and hair. It’s often used as a non-drying, non-damaging alternative to harsh chemical dandruff shampoos. In fact, some say tea tree oil just might be the miracle cure for itchy, flaky scalp. That’s because it has the ability to eliminate dandruff and soothe dry flaking skin.

Even if you don’t suffer from dandruff, you can suffer from an itchy scalp – that’s not only extremely irritating, but it can lead to other problems like hair loss or so. An itchy scalp is often caused by a fungus, allergic reaction, or even due to your diet or genes and as tea tree oil has been proven to fight these problems, it can be incredibly effective. It may even be able to help cure scalp eczema and scalp folliculitis too.

There are numerous ways to make your own tea tree oil shampoo to treat these issues that can be found, including in this guide, or you can simply mix a few drops of tea tree essential oil with aloe vera gel, coconut milk and a couple of drops of lavender oil.

SORE THROAT TREATMENT 

Growing up, I’ve had many cases of being sick and having a sore throat. Afterwards, let’s just say I stopped relying on drug medicine and got more into natural healing. Tea tree oil diluted in water is also one of my favorites for a natural remedy for a sore throat.  A sore throat is caused by a viral or bacterial infection that also causes a cold or the flu. These viruses and bacteria cause inflammation of the mucous membranes and contribute to a sore throat. A tea tree oil gargle is enough to soothe the inflammation and relieve the pain. It’s especially effective when used at the first sign of throat pain or a cold, to prevent it from becoming worse.

One of the best ways to use tea tree for a sore throat is to breathe in the steam. To do so, add a few drops of tea tree oil to boiling water, and then lower your face toward the vapors, keeping a towel draped over the back of your head and around the sides of the pot to help trap the steam. Inhale the vapors showly, breathing deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. Afterward, not only will your throat feel better, but the treatment will help clear up any sinus or chest congestion too. Alternatively, you can gargle with it like you would a mouth rinse by warming up a glass of water, adding a couple drops of tea tree oil and mixing it in; gargle for 30 seconds to one minute, and then spit it out. Repeat either method twice each day to kill bacteria and relieve soreness, until all symptoms are gone.

(As mentioned, be extra careful not to swallow any tea tree oil as it is toxic when ingested.)

Again, thank me later! Don’t forget to scream out to everyone “WHAT IT IZ. WHAT IT AINT?!” and  to question everything in your life.  Be curious, love birds.

elvisjoelle

VEGAN. born here to spread love. #whatitizwhatitaint

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