Tea tree oil is produced from Melaleuca, a shrub-like tree found in Australia. The Sydney University stated that the native aborigines have been using the oil to treat various skin issues for many years, before Arthur Penfold, a chemist, found out the antiseptic properties of the tea tree oil in the 1920s.

Nowadays, tea tree oil has numerous uses, especially for skin health. Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, the oil has already become an active component of many cosmetic products, such as: nail or skin creams, facial wash, massage oils.

Which tea tree oil is the most beneficial?

Nearly all creams, lotions, and moisturizers have a small amount of diluted tea tree oil even though it is advised to buy 100 % pure oil.

The oil is thought to be the safest essential oil used for treating skin conditions, so it can be also used undiluted if it is used in smaller amounts. Firstly, you should do a skin patch test. For safe use, you can dilute it in carrier oil, like jojoba, almond or coconut oil.

Benefits of applying tea tree oil on the skin

1. It treats infections and cuts

If you have a skin infection or a cut, you can prepare home-made remedy by combining lavender oil and tea tree oil. Firstly, you should clean the cut with hydrogen peroxide and water. Secondly, dilute 2 drops of lavender oil and tea tree oil in jojoba oil. Finally, apply the mixture on the affected area and fix it with a bandage.

2. It treats boils

Tea oil efficiently treats staph infections, as well as those infections that are resistant to antibiotics. All you have to do is to soak a cotton ball in a dilution of tea oil and almond oil, and apply it on the boil a few times on a daily basis.

3. It eliminates scars and relieves chicken pox

Even though there are vaccines for chicken pox these days, it does not disappear easily. Due to the severe itching it may cause, Chicken pox is considered to be one of the worst skin conditions. The itching pain may lead to scarred skin. In order to sooth itching, you should take a bath with tea tree oil. All you have to do is to add 5 drops of tea oil diluted in carrier oil in a warm bath, and soak for 20 minutes.

4. It gets rid of warts

Due to its antiseptic and antiviral properties, tea tree oil efficiently eliminates skin warts. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention claim that about 20 million Americans have some type of human papiloma virus (HPV), which causes warts on the genitals, feet or hands.

Warts do not cause pain, but they are embarrassing. You can hinder the skin infection; prevent the development of bacteria and fungi and lower skin irritation, redness or inflammation by applying the oil on the skin. Tea tree oil has an antimicrobial terpinen-4, which fights against HPV warts. In fact, it prevents their growth and dried them thoroughly, until they fade away.

Before applying tea tree oil, wash your hands and the affected area. After that, apply tea oil directly on the wart and cover it with a bandage. Leave it to stay for at least 8 hours or during the entire night. In the morning, remove the bandage and clean the wart area. At night, repeat the remedy using a new bandage for 1 – 4 weeks, until the warts fades away and falls off completely.

5. It removes make-up

Tea tree oil is a component of make-up removers. In a glass jar, mix 10 drops of tea tree oil and ¼ cup of virgin oil. Mix it well, and store it on a dark, cool place.
For removing make-up, you should soak a cotton ball in the mixture and clean you face. Then, wash your face with water.

6. It soothes razor burn

Razor burn is a rather painful and uncomfortable skin condition if it is left untreated. You can apply tea oil, which acts as a natural astringent, like hazel, on the affected area in order to prevent skin irritation from shaving. You can mix 2 tablespoons of witch hazel and a few drops of tea tree oil, and after shaving, soak a cotton ball in this mixture to treat razor burn. It will relieve the pain.

7. It treats eczema

Eczema may be an uncomfortable skin condition with severe dryness and rush, scratch urge and even blistering, which sometimes lead to sleeping difficulties.

Due to its antiseptic properties, tea oil can cure the skin and relieve the itching, whereas its anti-inflammatory characteristics lower inflammation. If the eczema develops, the antibacterial properties of the oil can prevent the infection as well as stop its spreading. In order to treat eczema, you can mix ½ cup of coconut oil and twenty drops of tea tree oil.

Then, apply the mixture on the affected area twice a day. If you have eczema on different parts of the body, you can take a warm bath with tea oil. Another way to treat eczema is to dilute 15 drops of tea tree oil in two tablespoons of almond oil or virgin oil and add it in water. Soak in the water for 20 minutes.

8. It eliminates athlete’s foot

You can prepare a home-made athletes powder by combining baking soda, arrowroot powder as well as tea tree oil. In addition, arrowroot is produced of the rhizome of tropical plants, so is used to treat foot odor and provide moisture.

The moisturizing is essential, because the fungus, which leads to this infection, survives in moist places, such as: sweaty shoes. In addition, the baking soda also prevents the foot sweating and odor, and soothes the itching. In addition, what is more important is that the tea tree oil is used to fight against the fungus and to prevent its spreading.

In order to prepare this mixture, you will need shaker. In a bowl, add twenty drops of tea oil, ¼ cup of arrowroot and ½ cup of baking soda. With a fork, try to break the lumps down, and after that add the mixture in the shaker.

Before applying it, wash your feet and dry them. Then, wash your hands and put the powder on your feet. Repeat the procedure twice a day. Store the remaining mixture on a dark, cool place.

9. It soothes psoriasis

Psoriasis is manifested with scaly, red and inflamed skin areas. It often appears if dead cells form on the surface of the skin as red or silvery scales, and dry itchy patches, which lead to skin irritation.

Even though there is still no cure for psoriasis, its pain can be soothed by using tea tree oil which has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent the spreading of the infection. In fact, tea oil gets rid of the dead skin cells, which cause psoriasis.

Due to its antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiseptic properties, it efficiently eliminates redness, skin itching and burning.

As tea tree oil has antimicrobial terpinen-4, it regulates the production of skin cells and goes into the inner layers of the skin to prevent psoriasis.

In order to treat psoriasis with tea tree oil, you should mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 10 drops of coconut oil. Apply the mixture on the affected area. Repeat the same remedy three times a day.

10. It treats acne

Due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties, tea oil is known to eliminate inflammation, which causes skin swelling. A study carried out by the Department of Dermatology in New South Wales, have discovered that, while comparing tea tree oil with an acne medication – benzoyl peroxide, 5 % benzoyl peroxide and 5 % tea tree oil have beneficial effects on the prevention of skin acne.

Another research, done by the Skin Diseases and Leishmaniasis Research Center at the University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan, Iran, has found out that tea oil effectively treats mild and severe skin acne. The participants in the study were divided in 2 groups. One of them was treated with placebo, whereas the other one with tea tree oil.

The findings of the study have shown that in those people, who were treated with tea tree oil, the treatment of skin acne was more successful.

All you need in order to treat skin acne is a small amount of tea tree oil, which eliminates blackheads, pimples, whiteheads, and other skin blemishes.

You should use 100 % pure tea tree oil, like the Plant Therapy tea tree oil. In addition, you can also mix hazel with several drops of tea tree oil and apply the mixture on the affected area 1 – 2 times a day. You can leave it for a few hours and leave it throughout the night.

If you have breakouts on your skin, you can use a few drops of tea tree oil diluted in carrier oil in a warm bath. It will help you to get rid of acne. For sensitive skin, you can use tea tree oil diluted in olive or coconut oil.

After getting rid of the acne, scars remain on the skin. However, tea tree oil efficiently eliminates them, too. In addition, it also goes into the pores and eliminates toxins and prevents clogging, which is the main cause of skin acne.

To treat scars, you should mix a tablespoon of raw honey and 2 drops of tea tree oil. Then, apply the mixture on the affected are, while massaging it gently. Leave it for 20 minutes, or until it gets dry. Finally, rinse the area with water and dry it. For better results, you can repeat this remedy every day.

Reference: Reader’s Digest