Tea Tree Oil has been used for its healing qualities by the aborigines of Australia for centuries. This essential oil has tremendous antimicrobial properties and is known to deliver a variety of healthy skin solutions, stimulate regeneration of injuries, and fight bacterial and fungal infection.
Common and Effective Uses of Tea Tree Oil
Acne – dab a little pure tea tree oil directly onto blemish or add to warm water and use it as a rinse. You can also add it to any facial wash you use.
Athlete’s Foot – As a fungal treatment, tea tree oil does a great job eliminating athlete’s foot. Put 2-3 drops in your palm and add a carrier oil or lotion and apply at least once a day.
Boils – Put enough tea tree oil on a cotton ball to cover the boil. Apply the oil directly to the boil, and keep it in place for 3 to 10 minutes. You can apply the cotton ball to the boil, then secure it in place with an adhesive bandage if desired. Don’t rinse the tea tree oil from the skin. Repeat this process twice a day until the boil comes to a head. When the head of the boil is swollen and white, gently apply pressure to the side of it with a cotton ball soaked in tea tree oil. If the boil is ready to drain, it will do so without much pressure. If it doesn’t open easily, it’s not ready to drain naturally. Keep repeating the tea tree oil treatment until it comes to a head and erupts. Apply tea tree oil to the boil area for up to a week after it has drained to kill any residual bacteria.
Cuts – Clean the wound and apply the tea tree oil directly to the cut two to three times the first day. You can continue to apply the oil twice daily for up to seven days thereafter.
Nail Fungus – To treat nail fungus, apply tea tree oil to the affected area of the toenail or fingernail liberally by using a small brush or a cotton swab. Then apply a few drops onto the gauze of a band-aid and wrap around your nail. This process takes longer to apply, but having a supply of oil in the gauze exposes the nail to the oil longer. Apply the oil at least two times a day, more often if possible. Do not stop the application treatment when you see new fresh nail growth. It is important to continue the application of tea tree oil until the infected part of the nail has completely grown out and shown no signs of re-infection.
Skin Problems – Use one teaspoon of tea tree oil in a tub of bath water to help soothe and disinfect the skin in cases of psoriasis and eczema.
Sunburn – Dilute one part tea tree oil with ten parts of olive oil or coconut oil and spread freely over the affected areas. This is reported to be soothing and pain-relieving and to reduce blistering and peeling.
Tea Tree Oil is potent and can cause damage to skin and other tissues if used without care. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute it with a little olive oil. A massage oil can also be used as a carrier oil since it is formulated especially for skin absorption.
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