You must have seen various shampoos, face washes, skin creams and lotions which contain tea tree extracts as their main ingredient. Have you ever thought why and what benefits does tea tree oil provide?
The practice of using the tea tree oil started in Australia, by the native aborigines to cure cuts, burns, boils and as an antiseptic for thousands of years. The oil is derived from the distillation of the leaves of the “Tea tree” and is popularly known as “Medicine in a Bottle”.
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- Terpenoids such as terpinen-4-ol, eucalyptol, cineole, nerolidol and viridiflorol. They are responsible for its antimicrobial properties
- Eucalyptol, or 1, 8-cineol, also has antiseptic properties.
Read further to know about the most well known benefits of Tea Tree oil.
Tea Tree Oil For Skin:
1. For Healthy Skin:
If you are suffering from blemishes, dark spots, pimple outburst etc, tea tree oil is your saviour. Dab a few drops of this essential oil on a cotton swab and apply it over the affected areas on the skin. You can also use face washes and gels, which contain pure tea tree oil in them. This is a lot better and a natural alternative, rather than using harsh chemicals and alcohol.
2. Relief From Razor Burns:
Razor burns and ingrown hair can become quite uncomfortable and painful if not treated properly. To cure it, after shaving dab a few drops of tea tree essential oil on a piece of cotton and apply on the infected areas. This will provide a soothing sensation to your skin. For ingrown hair, dilute the oil in water, and then apply it on the affected areas.
3. Skin Treatment:
Tea tree oil can be used as an effective anti-viral and anti-fungal home remedy and can be used to cure athlete’s foot and fungal nail infection. It also has antiseptic properties and is used to treat cuts, wounds, burns, boils and other skin disorders. You can either boil the tea tree leaves in water or dilute the essential oil in water and apply over the affected areas to get instant results. It soothes the skin and reduces the redness and itching.
4. Reduces Acne:
You must have seen various anti-acne skin creams and face washes which contain tea tree extracts. Studies have shown that tea tree oil is just as effective as benzoly peroxide, to reduce acne. It is a natural alternative for curing acne, without negative side effects like reddening and peeling of skin. It also reduces sebum production by the skin and fights off the acne producing bacteria on the skin. Tea tree oil is an excellent skin treatment especially for oily and acne prone skin.
Take 2-3 drops of tea tree oil and 1 tbsp each of honey and yogurt. Apply this on your acne using fingers tips. Do not apply a thick layer. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse off your face. This mask can relieve you from acne in just few weeks time.
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5. Tea Tree Oil for Corns, Warts, Wounds and Ringworm:
Tea tree oil can be a good cure for corns. It can help cure chapped lips. You can also apply undiluted tea tree oil onto warts. Apply it twice daily. But make sure you don’t have a sensitive skin, else dilute it before using. Warts will disappear themselves. It can be also be used for healing wounds. Take special care in never using tea tree oil by itself. Always use a carrier oil to avoid any skin reactions. Tea tree oil benefits your skin in more ways than one. So look up to tea tree oil next time you face any skin problem.
6. Cures Dry Skin:
Tea tree oil is a good cure for dry skin. Simply add 5 spoons of tea tree oil to one spoon of almond oil and massage it gently onto your skin. Leave it on for some time and bath normally. Regular use will help you keep your skin hydrated for longer time. It also leaves your skin feeling soft, supple and glowing.
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