Tea tree oil is the extract of a type of myrtle plant found in Australia. It has a minty scent and possesses anti-bacterial properties. For this reason, it is widely used in skin and hair care, as well as for cleaning and disinfecting. Here are a few ways that you can use it:
Skin Care, Beauty, And Health
Not only is it anti-bacterial, tea tree oil is also anti-fungal. This makes it a great remedy for skin problems such as eczema and athlete’s foot. To help with eczema, you can mix some of the oil into your regular body lotion, or purchase a natural tea tree oil soap. For athlete’s foot, add several drops into a small tub of warm water and allow your feet to soak in the mixture. One of the most common products you find tea tree oil in is hair care. The reason for this is because it kills fungus and bacteria that cause dandruff and scalp irritations. Mix it into your shampoo and use it a few times a week to get cure a flaky scalp or to treat head lice. It is also an excellent remedy for acne-prone skin. It works to gently kill bacteria that clog your pores, and reduces inflammation and redness. It is far healthier for your skin than using prescription acne washes with harsh chemicals.
Cleaning And Household
Tea tree oil bacteria and fungus fighting abilities come into play again for around the house. Many people like to use it to clean and disinfect areas like bathrooms and kitchens. The minty smell leaves behind a pleasant scent unlike harsh cleaners with bleach or other chemicals. To make this cleaner, just add a few teaspoons of it to a spray bottle filled with water. If you add it to a bucket of water, it makes an excellent insect repellent for when you are camping or sitting outside during summer nights. You can also lightly mist yourself with a water/tea tree oil spray when you will be outdoors to prevent insect bites.
Though tea tree oil is natural, it is possible to have reaction to it, so be sure to test a small patch of your skin before using it everywhere else. Also, never ingest tea tree oil. Keep it in a safe place away from pets and small children who might get into it, because it is toxic when taken internally.