health benefits of Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, commonly known as narrow-leaved paperbark. Although this plant is a native species of Australia, tree oil is available across the globe due to its varied topical uses. We look at some of the benefits of tea tree oil today.

Spotlight on benefits of tea tree oil

To clear acne and to remove dark spots

Tea tree oil has significant effects in clearing up acne. Even for acne prone oily skin, this oil works. Before you go to sleep, wash your face with warm water and apply a drop of tea tree oil on the affected spots. Since this oil is not sticky, you can leave it on. Regular application of the oil produces good results. There are various face masks available in the market with tea tree oil as the primary ingredient. These could also work.

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 To get rid of  dandruff

Tea tree oil fights dandruff effectively and can help you in just a few washes. This oil fights dandruff causing fungi and bacteria and is mild on the scalp as well.

How to use tea tree oil to cure dandruff:

  1. Mix one portion of tea tree oil with two portions of coconut oil.
  2. Heat this mixture for about a minute in low flame.
  3. Apply the oil on scalp by gently massaging with your fingertips.
  4. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse it off.

To fight bad breath (Halitosis)

How many times have you spit out mouthwash before the time it said just because you couldn’t hold it any longer? The OTC mouthwashes that are available in our local drug stores are full of chemical and they always just burn so much that we wish we did not have to go through this ordeal each day. The much better alternate it to use herbal tea as a mouth wash.

Use tea tree oil herbal tea as a mouthwash

You could make herbal tea with an ounce of hot water, few drops of tea tree oil, little rosemary and a few leaves of mint.

Just allow this to stay for a few minutes and rinse your mouth well with this herbal tea.

Not only does your mouth stay fresh for hours, you can also slowly get relived of gum problems due to the properties of these herbs.

To treat Psoriasis

Tea tree oil is a great friend to the skin. Even a chronic skin ailment like Psoriasis can be treated with tea tree oil. If you’re currently under medication, I suggest you consult your doctor before trying any natural remedy which includes tea tree oil.

How to use:

  1. Take pure Tea tree oil available in stores.
  2. Dilute it with little coconut oil since Tea tree oil that is available is generally very thick.
  3. soak a small piece of cotton in the oil
  4. Apply the oil with this cotton on your skin gently. You do not have to rub it in; mere application would suffice.
  5. You do not have to wash off the oil unless you have somewhere to go. Alternatively, you can just leave it on each night.

You would notice great results in a couple of weeks. Like with any natural remedy, please be persistent and with managing Psoriasis, patience is key.

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To cure ear-aches

Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. In addition, it is also a soothing agent. For ear aches due to infection, follow the below steps:

  1. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with equal proportion of sesame oil.
  2. Heat the oil mixture for a few seconds.
  3. Allow it to come to room temperature.
  4. Lie down on one side and pour a few drops of this oil in the affected ear (The oil should NOT be hot.)
  5. After five to ten minutes tilt your head and wipe off the oil with a piece of soft cloth.

This can be done twice a day for good results.

The above technique also works for ear aches due to inflammation since tea tree oil also has anti-inflammatory properties.

Other Benefits:

Use tea tree oil to disinfect high chairs and car seats

If tea tree oil isn’t too expensive in your locality, buy some tea tree oil and wipe the car seats and high chairs with them. These serve as an antibacterial wipe and could keep the seats of your baby germs free. Being able to keep your babies germs free and that too naturally is a huge health benefit!

Use tea tree oil to repel insects such as flies and mosquitoes

When my baby girl wad four months old, I remember how many mornings I woke up to see small red lumps on her skin from mosquito bites. It saddened me to see those on my lovely baby’s skin. I did not want to use mosquito repelling creams or vaporizing liquids since we felt it could do more harm than a mosquito bite. But then, the newspapers are filled with diseases spread by mosquitoes each day!! My baby hated the mosquito net and would not sleep inside a net. It was tea tree oil to the rescue then. I applied just a drop or two of tea tree oil and she was un-harmed by the blood sucking parasites. Best remedy ever for mosquitoes. You could also store tea tree oil in a spray can and spray it in your room to drive mosquitoes away.

Use tea tree oil to combat body odour

Tea tree oil has numerous benefits like treating acne, calming the mind and so on. One of its primary benefits is how it can combat body odour. Add a few drops on tea tree oil in water and splash it once you are done showering. No body odour throughout the day and you’ll not be using harmful chemicals on your skin!

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.