May 11, 2013

Tea Tree Oil: Benefits and Uses

Tea tree oil is powerful remedy for a wide variety of skin ailments ranging from blemishes to bacterial and fungal infections. For the most part, tea tree oil is too strong used undiluted. Mix with lavender oil and water for a gentle solution.
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Although tea tree oil is about 100x stronger than carbolic acid, it is non-poisonous to humans when used topically (never ingest). Native to Australia, the tea tree has been used medicinally by native Aborigines for centuries. This plant is a member of the clove family and therefore similarly camphoric in smell. 
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Tea tree oil protects against various infections due to its antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. This oil is especially effective against types of ringworm (including athlete's foot) and candida. When used on such fungal infections, tea tree oil can be applied undiluted to the affected area a few times a day. To treat athlete's foot, add several teaspoons of tea tree oil to a daily foot bath of half white vinegar, half water. Dandruff is often caused by a fungus, so it can be ameliorated by adding tea tree oil to your shampoo and conditioner. 
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Mixed with lavender, tea tree oil is very effective against zits, mosquito bites, boils, cold-sores and sunburn. Because of its antibacterial qualities, tea tree oil is deodorizing and can be used to prevent underarm and foot odor. To prevent bad breath and maintain healthy gums, add a couple drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water and gargle. (Do not swallow.) 
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One of my favorite ways to use tea tree oil is to add it to coconut oil along with lavender oil. I use this concoction as a cuticle cream, body moisturizer and scalp treatment. Have you ever used tea tree oil? How did you like it? 
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2 comments:

  1. What an awesome post. Coincidentally I have just started using tea tree oil for cuts, etc. I also just bought my first tub of coconut oil. I'd never have thought to mix it with lavender, but it sounds wonderful!

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