Oil from “Down Under”, Tea tree oil is yellow/ greenish tinged essential oil extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia.
Australian natives used tea tree for antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, insecticidal, and immune stimulant properties. The essential oil is steam distilled from its leaves and twigs to deal with a number of maladies like cold, sores, acne and even whooping cough. This amazing oil has the ability to fight off inflammation in skin infections, insect bites and small wounds. And it’s often used for oral and gum infections, also.
Tea tree oil has a balsamic woody smell. It’s antiseptic prowess make it one of the best essential oils to have in your medicine chest. Similar to many of the lavender oils, tea tree oil can often be used directly on the skin with no carrier oil. However, if you have extra sensitive skin, mix it with a little coconut oil, first. It can be used straight since it is not irritating to most skin types. As with any essential oil, it’s always smart to do a spot test your skin before use. Then if you have a reaction, you’ll know you’re allergic and should not use it. You can blend it easily with other essential oils like lavender, lemon, rosemary, and clove oils.
This much discussed oil treats vaginal yeast infections, plantar warts, warts and insect bites. Rubbing it onto the scalp will help in eliminating nits, dandruff and lice. It will go to work and help battles viruses, germs and fungi, thereby increasing the immune system’s ability to ward off infections. It can be also be used undiluted on wounds, minor cuts and insect bites. It heals the infected area permeating the skin and leaving no scars.
Tea tree oil is also a good solution for acne. It helps to prevent acne scars and unblocks the pores. A single big drop of tea tree oil dabbed on the pimple can clear it up quickly. Try adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your warm bath to relax and invigorate you. It helps to get rid of persistent body odor and relieve sore muscles. When added to the water in swimming pools, jacuzzis and health spas it controls germs.
Suffering from athlete’s foot or ringworm? Try massaging a few drops of undiluted oil directly into the area. Inhalation of a few drops of this oil is an excellent relief for consistent colds, flu, toothache, and cough. And a dab of tea tree oil around your nose will help to open a clogged nose and calm sinuses.
Tea tree oil has been used efficiently to treat abscess, blisters, burns, insect bites, oily skin, rashes, spots, warts and wounds. You can also use tea tree oil to treat sunburns, diaper rash, toenail infections and problem smelly feet.
Tea tree oil’s amazing healing properties serve as an immune booster helping the body to fight off all kinds of microorganisms that cause could otherwise break down the body’s natural resistance power.