Benefits of tea tree essential oil – General benefits and origin
The tea tree is a shrub or small tree native to Australia, with narrow, aromatic leaves and white flowers, which can grow up top 5 meters.
Tea tree essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of its leaves. It has a strong and refreshing scent and is used in many cosmetic products. Due to its versatility, tea tree essential oil is the second most popular essential oil after lavender.
Tea tree essential oil has antibiotic, antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it is used to treat a wide variety of diseases such as flu, chicken pox, measles, otitis, herpes (labial, genital and zoster), vaginal infections, candidiasis, leukorrhea, vaginal inflammations caused by fungi, and cystitis (among others).
For its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, tea tree essential oil helps heal faster wounds, ulcers, cuts, burns (not serious) and chafing.
It also has balsamic and expectorant properties, so it is useful for treating respiratory problems such as colds, coughs, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and tuberculosis.
For oral conditions such as ulcers, inflamed gums and toothaches, it is recommended to add a drop of essential oil in 250 ml of water (a large glass) and gargle with the mixture without ingesting it.
For its antifungal properties, tea tree essential oil is very useful to eliminate nail fungus and those that cause athlete’s foot. It is recommended to apply 1 or 2 drops of essential oil directly on the affected area twice a day for a week and let it dry completely before putting on shoes.
Tea tree essential oil is very effective against lice. For disposal, the following is recommended: add 12 drops of essential oil to 100 ml of water in a spray bottle, apply the mixture on the hair (avoiding contact with the eyes) and massage the hair and scalp before combing. It is also effective in relieving insect bites.
Finally, tea tree essential oil stimulates blood circulation and has beneficial effects against arthritis and rheumatism.
Benefits of tea tree essential oil for the skin
Tea tree essential oil is especially suitable for treating oily skin and acne-prone skin. For acne treatment you can apply the essential oil directly on the skin although it is recommended to dilute 25% essential oil in a carrier oil (sunflower or olive oil, for example) and apply the mixture on the affected area using a cotton pad, avoiding the contact with the eyes. It is also indicated for treating psoriasis.
Tea tree essential oil attenuates scars and skin marks caused by acne. It also stimulates the growth of new cells while eliminating dead cells.
Benefits of tea tree essential oil for hair
Tea tree essential oil provides shine to the hair and is used as a remedy against seborrhea and dandruff. For this, it is recommended to add the essential oil to the usual shampoo (10 drops of oil per 250 ml of shampoo), apply the mixture massaging the hair and scalp, leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse the hair afterwards.
Benefits of tea tree essential oil for the mind
Tea tree essential oil is used as a general tonic for the body and mind. It is useful for treating anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, apathy and sadness.
Blends well with:
Cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, geranium, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg, rosewood, rosemary and thyme.
Tea tree essential oil can be applied directly on the skin (like lavender essential oil), although it is advisable to test it previously on a small portion of skin that is not visible, because it can occasionally cause irritation. Avoid contact with eyes.
INCI: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil
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