Let’s talk about an oil that we have heard a lot of times in recent years but don’t know all the things about it: Tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil is derived from Melaleuca alternifolia or, more clearly, a plant called Indian laurel. The benefits of this flat-leaf plant that grows in Australia have been known for centuries, especially by those living there.
The reason why it has become popular recently is that the studies on the effects of tea tree oil have begun to yield positive results. Let’s take a look at these positive results:
- Removes the viruses and bacterias from the body and protects us from diseases with its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
- Prevents the formation of skin problems such as acne and accelerates the healing of the skin and acne related scars with regular use.
- Adding a few drops of tea tree oil in the boiling water and inhaling the vapor helps with problems like colds, flu, bronchitis, coughing and nasal congestion.
- Its antiviral properties can quickly heal cold sores and also can be very effective against gingivitis and mouth inflammations.
- Supports the health of your hair by playing an important role in the dryness of the scalp and dandruff caused by this dryness.
- Since it also has antifungal properties, tea tree oil can be used as a natural remedy for athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis.
- It has positive effects against warts and doesn’t only prevent their spread, but also plays an important role in their rapid healing.
- And lastly, this vegetable oil is the most commonly used natural disinfectant for washing fruits and vegetables.
Acne And Scars
Nature has so much to offer us right? But the important thing is to know how you use it and this varies by the area. For example, if you are applying tea tree oil to your skin to get rid of your acne then you should first clean the area, put a few drops of it on a cotton bud and gently press it against your acne and leave the oil there, you don’t need to wash it off!
For athlete’s foot, you can apply the tea tree oil directly to the affected area or you can create a foot soak by adding 5 or 6 drops of tea tree oil into a suitable container with warm water and soak your foot there for 20 minutes.
Colds And Nasal Discharge
With its antiviral and antibacterial properties, we can use it against colds, coughs, bronchitis and for nasal discharge. Firstly boil two cups of water, pour it into a bowl and add 5 or 6 drops of tea tree oil and inhale the rising steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
Mouth And Dental Health
In order to accelerate the healing process of gingival inflammations or inflamed wounds in your mouth, add 2 drops of tea tree oil to half a cup of water and gargle with it. But don’t ever swallow this mixture!
Hair And Scalp Health
Finally, if you want to use the tea tree oil for supporting the health of your hair and to get rid of the dandruff problem, add a few drops of tea tree oil into the water that you rinse your hair with it and don’t forget to rinse your hair again with fresh water after using the mixture.
Since we’ve learned the benefits and uses of tea tree oil, one last thing remains for those who decide to use it: Possible side effects.
When it’s applied to the skin, it can cause allergic reactions, especially in sensitive skins. Dryness, itching, redness and burning sensations may occur in the applied area and therefore it’s best to consult your doctor before using it for any reason. Also do not consume it directly or use it on children.