let’s talk about tea tree oil

Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, is an Australian native plant most recognized for its powerful antiseptic properties. Oil from the tea tree plant contains many active healing compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, limonene, cineole, linalool and more. Terpinen-4-ol in particular is proven to destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi which make tea tree oil a strong antibacterial & antifungal.

*IMPORTANT* If you have sensitive skin tea tree oil should always be diluted before being added directly to the skin. A ratio of at least 0.15:1.0 is recommended. Tea tree oil is also toxic when ingested and should NEVER be taken orally. Tea tree oil is also extremely dangerous to animals!

Tea tree oil uses for skin:

-Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory benefits help fight acne, breakdown blackheads and heal acne scars

-Those who suffer from eczema & psoriasis may find relief when treated with tea tree oil since it is excellent for skin inflammation. It also decreases redness and penetrates deep, to heal, soothe and curb itching

-Powerful antiseptic properties make tea tree oil an excellent remedy for treating wounds and preventing infection caused by minor scrapes, cuts & burns

-When applied to the skin it can help provide relief from itching, inflammation and pain caused by insect bites & dry skin conditions

-Since tea tree oil is a powerful antibacterial, it fights and destroys bacteria that cause strong body odors

Tea tree oil uses for hair & scalp:

-Tea tree oil’s strong antimicrobial properties help unclog your hair follicles & provide essential nourishment to the roots which naturally helps to promote hair growth

-Since it is a powerful antifungal and anti-inflammatory, tea tree oil is one of the best natural remedies for dandruff. It fights fungus that may be responsible for the cause of dandruff, conditions the scalp and prevents itching, flaking, and inflammation

-Adding a few drops of tea tree oil into a mild shampoo can add extra cleansing power and relief for both hair and scalp

-Essential addition to natural relief & remedy for head lice

Tea tree oil uses for overall health:

-Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties which give it the ability to fight bacteria that causes respiratory tract infections, and antiviral activity that’s helpful for fighting and preventing congestion, coughs and even the common cold

-Tea tree oil is a natural astringent and it can help to dry fluid and can kill harmful bacteria which makes it a great natural remedy for earaches

-Mix with aloe vera gel & rubbing alcohol to use as an all natural hand sanitizer

-Tea tree oil’s antimicrobial properties kill bacteria making it a natural remedy for bad breath. Anti-inflammatory properties also help with gum health. You can also dilute 5-10 drops with water to make a toothbrush cleaner and soak your toothbrush for 10 minutes every other week

Tea tree oil uses for fungal infections:

-Fights ringworm

-Assists in healing cold Sores

-Strong remedy for nail fungus & athlete’s foot

Tea tree oil uses for around the house:

-Make a homemade all purpose tea tree oil cleanser by mixing 5–10 drops of tea tree oil with water, vinegar (or castile soap) and 5–10 drops of lemon essential oil

-Add 5–10 drops of tea tree to your laundry detergent for added antibacterial properties

-Adding tea tree oil to a diffuser will help kill mold, mildew, fungi and harmful bacteria & prevent mold from growing and spreading

-Tea tree oil’s anti-parasitic properties can help kill ants, spiders, mosquitoes & more

Here’s what I use. You can get it at Whole Foods and many other grocery stores or order it online at Amazon or Vitacost.

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