09 March 2018

The Magic of Tea Tree Oil

In my last post I mentioned the use of tea tree oil (also known as melaleuca oil) for spot treating acne. This is something I have been doing for years in place of harsh, store-bought acne treatments. I try to use essential oils to heal as much as I can. I add it to my moisturizer to help radiate my skin during high-stress times (stress and acne flare ups go hand in hand!), I use it on it's own to spot treat pimples, and I dilute it with water and witch hazel and use it as a toner. But, since my last post, I have really been thinking about how many other uses there are for tea tree oil. Since it has natural healing powers and draws out bacteria, it has so many amazing uses. I believe in the healing power of tea tree oil so much I made a list of all the other ways you can use this essential oil...

1. To stop dandruff - Add 3 to 6 drops of tea tree oil to your current shampoo and shake! Use less if the bottle is already half empty. Shampoo every other day and you will notice a difference in a few weeks.

2. To kill nail fungus - If you notice white or bumpy spots on your nails, it may be a fungus. Using a small nail polish-type brush, and apply a thin layer twice a day to the affected nail. This usually clears up the fungus in a few days.

3. To prevent and kill head lice - You have two options for this. For lice prevention, add it to your shampoo and condition (using instructions from #1). I normally recommend parents start this the moment they hear a head lice infestation is going around at school. To kill lice, you can add it to coconut oil and cover the hair from root to tip and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. The tea tree oil will suffocate lice, while coconut oil drowns them and makes them easier to remove. Use a lice comb to brush out dead lice and eggs.

4. To kill athlete's foot fungus - Mix a tablespoon of olive oil with 5 drops of tea tree oil and rub it on and around your toes twice a day to kill the fungus. Alternatively, fill a basin with warm water, mix in a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 5 drops of tea tree oil and soak your feet for 30 minutes. Do this two times a day for 1-2 weeks.

5. To treat cold sores - Apply directly to cold sores using a cotton swab. This will dry out the cold sore, helping to heal it and kill any bacteria.

6. To get rid of ingrown hairs - Mix warm water with 10-20 drops of tea tree oil, soak a small towel in the warm water mixture and apply to the ingrown hair area. Press gently and hold it there until the cloth is no longer warm to touch. Repeat as necessary.

7. To loosen a tick grip - It's coming up to tick season. It's scary because tick's can carry Lyme Disease, which can be transferred to humans and pets. If you notice a tick on yourself or your pet, immediately apply pure tea tree oil to the tick and surrounding area. The tea tree oil should force the tick to loosen it's grip, making it easier to remove from the skin.

If you know of other uses for tea tree oil, please leave a comment below!

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