Tea tree oil or melaleuca is famous for its antiseptic properties. It can also treat wounds and minor injuries. It is derived from Melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian native plant which has been widely used across Australia for various purposes.
This oil has numerous uses: diffusing it in the air to kill off mold, applying it to heal skin issues, making DIY cleaning products, etc. Moreover, it is even used in many cosmetic products like shampoos, skin and nail creams, laundry detergents, and many more.
Below you have the various uses of this amazing oil:
1. Clear up acne
Applying a 5 percent tea tree can be an alternative to expensive acne treatments. Although it works more slowly, but it won’t irritate your skin. It is recommended to use it two times daily for 45 days to relieve the acne symptoms.
2. Heal scars
Tea tree oil contains cicatrisant properties which heal wounds quickly. Moreover, it protects the wounds from infections and reduces scars and marks on the skin left from acne.
3. Stop smelly feet
You can even use tea tree oil to make DIY foot powder that will clear up the stinky feet caused by bacteria. Mix equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch, add 10 drops of tea tree oil, and optional 10 drops of lavender oil. Apply the solution on the feet and the soles of the shoes to keep stinky smell away.
4. Cure fungal nail infections
Teat tree oil is also used to treat fungal infections. Apply the solution onto the affected area two times a day over the course of six months. It has been scientifically proven that this method really works and improves the nail`s appearance in about three months.
5. Have smoother skin
Melaleuca oil found in tea tree oil has potent antioxidant properties, which means it is effective in reducing wrinkles and age spots.
6. Eliminate ringworm
Ringworm is a fungal infection which is highly contagious. It has been scientifically proven that tea tree oil treats ringworm and helps prevent the spread of the fungus. Dilute a few drops of pure tea tree oil in carrier oil like olive or almond oil, and apply it onto the affected skin.
7. Relieve athlete`s foot
This oil can cure the fungal infection for athlete’s foot. You just have to use a 25-50% tea tree oil topically. You can also use a 10% cream to relieve the symptoms, such as burning, itching, and scaling.
8. Reduce cold and flu symptoms
Tea tree oil relieves symptoms associated with chest infections, coughs, and colds. It is recommended to rub diluted oil on the chest before bedtime so that you inhale the oil during the night.
9. Strengthen hair
Diluted tea tree oil applied on the scalp can treat many hair conditions. It works by improving blood flow, which is crucial for stimulating hair growth, keeping a healthy scalp, and preventing hair loss.
10. Banish head lice
Tea tree oil kills lice and it even reduces the number of eggs. What makes it so effective in banishing head lice is the fact that it contains compounds with insecticidal properties which make it easier for you to comb the eggs out.