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tea tree essential oil benefits

Tea Tree Essential Oil Benefits for Skin and Hair

Tea Tree Essential Oil is renowned for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic (germ killer) and antiviral properties.

There are many benefits and uses of this popular oil. Organic Tea tree oil is a highly concentrated extract and is a favoured ingredient in skin and hair care products. Its natural healing properties make it a valuable addition to skincare and haircare routines.

What is Tea Tree Oil good for?

Derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant native to Australia, organic tea tree oil is a powerful and highly regarded natural antiseptic. Possessing outstanding antibacterial and antifungal qualities, this essential oil has played a crucial role in traditional medicine for centuries, earning acclaim for its impressive efficacy in offering effective solutions for skin and hair problems.

What is Tea Tree Oil used to treat?

Applied externally, tea tree oil is commonly utilized for the treatment of minor cuts, wounds and skin infections. Its strong antibacterial attributes work to purify the afflicted areas, making it a good choice for treating acne and other bacterial infections. Also, the antifungal characteristics of tea tree oil make it efficient in combating fungal skin conditions such as athlete's foot or nail fungus.

  • Antibacterial Action: Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial properties, helping to combat and prevent bacterial infections on the skin.
  • Antifungal Properties: It is effective against various fungi, making it beneficial for addressing issues like athlete's foot or nail fungus.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Tea tree oil can help reduce inflammation, making it potentially useful for conditions such as acne or insect bites.
  • Acne Treatment: Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a popular natural remedy for acne, helping to reduce breakouts and inflammation.

Acne, tea tree treatment

  • Skin Cleansing: Tea tree oil can act as a natural cleanser, helping to remove dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin.
  • Relief from Itchiness: It often provides relief from itching and discomfort associated with various skin conditions.
  • Dandruff and Scalp Issues: Tea tree oil is commonly used in shampoos to address dandruff and dry scalp. Its antifungal properties can help combat the yeast that contributes to dandruff.
  • Wound Healing: Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil can aid in the healing process of minor wounds, cuts and abrasions.
  • Tea tree essential oil is a natural remedy for: Acne, Itchy Skin and Scalp, Dandruff, Pimples, Milia, Oily Skin/Hair, Blackheads, Fungal Infections, Skin Infections, Keratosis Pilaris, Head Lice Prevention, cuts, grazes, sore throats and much more.

Can you put Tea Tree Oil directly on the skin?

Yes, applying organic tea tree essential oil to the skin is safe, but it's important to perform a patch test before applying to ensure your unique skin is tolerant. It might cause irritation in people with allergies or very sensitive skin.

Research on tea tree oil has focused on its external application exclusively. Avoid swallowing it, as oral ingestion can lead to toxicity.

How to use Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil uses for skin

Using a Tea Tree oil cleanser on your skin can be beneficial due to its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Tea Tree oil helps cleanse the skin, unclog pores and reduce acne-causing bacteria. It may also assist in soothing inflammation and promoting a clearer complexion, making it a popular choice for individuals dealing with acne or oily skin.

Additionally, tea tree oil cleansers are often used for their refreshing and invigorating scent, providing a pleasant and therapeutic cleansing experience.

Tea Tree Soap Cleanser

Using Tea Tree Oil neat on the skin (undiluted) can offer several benefits due to its potent properties:

Simply add a drop to a cotton bud or clean finger and apply directly to the desired area.
  • Acne/Milia: A tiny amount of this oil applied individually to each acne spot, bump or milia after washing and moisturising, works the best. Apply with a clean finger or cotton bud sparingly and be especially careful when applying close to sensitive areas e.g. eyes. If concerned dilute Tea Tree oil with a little of the light cream before applying.
  • Cuts and sores: Apply a small amount of neat tea tree oil directly to the affected area using a cotton swab, ensuring the skin is clean and unbroken, but exercise caution to prevent irritation.
Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil uses for hair and scalp

Using a tea tree oil shampoo can help cleanse the scalp, removing impurities and excess oil while also promoting a healthy environment for hair growth. Additionally, tea tree oil can provide relief from dandruff, soothe an itchy scalp and scalp acne. Using a tea tree oil shampoo may contribute to overall scalp health and the maintenance of clean, revitalized, healthy hair.

Tea Tree Shampoo

You can also use tea tree shampoo and conditioner in the treatment and prevention of head lice. Read more in our blog: How to get rid of head lice naturally

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