Essential oils and science make an interesting pair. As we mentioned in The History of Essential Oils, EO’s have been used since ancient times for every use imaginable, but formal 21st century research on their miraculous influence is unfortunately limited due to conflicts like finding funding and establishing standardisation. Luckily for us, Tea Tree oil is one of the most researched essential oils due to its reputation as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The research, combined with the experiences of those in the aromatherapy and alternative medicine world, proves that you have an abundance to gain from adding Tea Tree oil to your daily life!
It’s important to note that true Tea Tree oil can only come from Australia, where natives have been enjoying its many benefits for thousands of years. In fact, Tea Tree oil became the go-to antiseptic for Australian soldiers during World War II.
Without further ado, here are the top ten uses for Tea Tree oil in your life!
1. Treat Acne
You say pimples, I say… what a nuisance! Maybe it’s just me, but don’t breakouts always seem to happen right before major events like a party or business meeting? Most acne treatments available in stores contain benzoyl peroxide, which in addition to being a nasty chemical can cause red and peeling skin. Tea Tree oil can actually work just as effectively as benzoyl peroxide, and it is much safer and gentler on the skin.
Homemade Tea Tree Oil Acne Treatment: Mix 5 drops pure Tea Tree essential oil with two teaspoons of coconut oil or raw honey. Rub on your face, let set in for one minute, then rinse. This works! I experienced an awful acne outbreak right before my sister’s wedding. I applied this remedy in the morning and evening and saw results almost immediately. Thank you Tea Tree oil- this Maid of Honour had clear skin in all of those wedding pictures!!
2. Clean The House
Harness Tea Tree’s antimicrobial properties to clean your house without the synthetic chemicals and fragrances found in normal cleaners.
Homemade Tea Tree Oil Cleaner: Mix 8 ounces water, 4 ounces distilled white vinegar, 15 drops Tea Tree oil, and 15 drops lemon oil in a cleaning spray bottle. Use a dark glass bottle if possible to prevent oxidation of the oils. Shake well (to mix the oils into the vinegar and water!) and use anywhere in your home to clean and sanitise!
3. Soothe Hair and Scalp
Tea Tree oil is a popular addition to shampoos because it can moisturise the scalp, remove dandruff, prevent lice, and possibly even stimulate hair growth.
Homemade Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Cleanser: Mix 5 drops of Tea Tree oil into your shampoo for daily use, or blend 10 drops Tea Tree oil with 10 drops Lavender oil and 2 ounces Coconut oil for a once-in-a-while pampering.
4. Fight Off Infection, Fungus, and Bug Bites
Like I mentioned above, Australian soldiers in World War II cherished their Tea Tree oil for its ability to keep them healthy, and a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has now confirmed that Tea Tree oil helps kill MRSA and staph infections! You can harness Tea Tree’s antimicrobial powers by using it on minor cuts, fungus, and bug bites.
Homemade Tea Tree Wound Ointment: Mix 1 drop Tea Tree oil with 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil. Add 1 drop of Lavender oil if desired. After thoroughly cleaning the area, apply a small dab directly to the cut or abrasion. Rinse clean and reapply 1-2 times each day as needed.
Homemade Tea Tree Athletes Foot Powder: Blend ¼ cup arrowroot powder (to absorb moisture), ¼ cup baking soda (to eliminate itchiness and odour), and 20 drops of Tea Tree oil. Mash with a fork. After rinsing your feet and patting them dry, apply the powder and leave on at least 5-10 minutes. Do this twice daily to get rid of that pesky Athlete’s Foot for good!
5. Relieve Psoriasis and Eczema
Just in case Tea Tree oil hasn’t already proven itself as the miracle oil, it can also relieve skin inflammation. While it takes a whole-body healing to completely heal the psoriasis or eczema, Tea Tree oil can decrease itching and help clear the skin.
Homemade Tea Tree Skincare: Mix 8-10 drops of Tea Tree oil with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (Coconut oil, Grape Seed oil, Hemp Seed oil– your preference based on skin type) and apply to the affected area 1 or 2 times a day. You can add Lavender to this blend for even more soothing and relief!
I’ll let you go now, so you can run out your door and buy a few bottles of Tea Tree oil (If you don’t already have a stockpile in your cabinets!).