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The Tea Tree Skin "Miracle" - The 7 Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has become a popular natural ingredient in all kinds of shampoos, face soaps and ointments because of its amazing healing powers.

This skin miracle comes from Australia, where over 300 species of tea trees naturally grow.

Aboriginal tribes in Australia have known of the tea tree's healing qualities for thousands of years.

Australian aboriginals have known the secret to healthy glowing skin for centuries. They used tea tree oil to soothe skin and to heal cuts, and now you can use tea tree oil too!

They boiled the leaves of the tea tree to make tea and antiseptic poultices that treated cuts, wounds, and skin infections.

One legend even describes a magical lagoon where native people bathed to heal their burns, cuts, and skin disorders. Tea trees surrounded the pool, and the fallen leaves created a natural healing bath.

But you don't have to travel all the way to Australia to get the benefits of the tea tree.

It's widely available now as an essential oil, and it treats a variety of conditions!

Tea Tree: Skin Treatment

Tea tree has so many anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits that the Australian army puts it in soldiers' first aid kits. Now, you can use tea tree oil in a variety of ways, especially to heal your skin.

Tea tree oil can benefit the following skin conditions:1

  • Ring worm and athlete's foot
  • Softens corns
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Itching of insect bites and chicken pox
  • Warts
  • Acne
  • Dandruff

In fact, tea tree oil may be a better alternative to conventional skin treatments.

Tea tree oil is an excellent treatment for acne. One study found tea tree oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the negative side effects like redness and peeling.2 Tea tree oil can also treat minor wounds, encourage healing, and prevent infection, so you may want to add this versatile oil to your own first aid kit!

Besides improving your skin, tea tree oil has all kinds of other health properties, including:4

  • May help reduce fevers and end headaches
  • Pain reliever
  • Treats lice
  • Can help lower blood pressure
  • Helpful for infections including vaginitis, sinusitis, cystitis
  • Anti-viral and anti-candida

Tea tree essential oil is a potent healer, especially 100% pure tea tree oil. Keep in mind that many essential oils on the market (even those sold in health food stores) have potentially toxic extenders. (Labeling laws allow manufacturers to use up to 50% chemical extenders and still say they are 100% pure.)

You can use tea tree oil in the following ways:

  • Directly on your skin in the area affected. For cuts and sores, add 1-2 drops to targeted areas.
  • Mixed with a carrier oil. Mix 3 - 5 drops with a carrier oil and apply to skin after a bath or shower.You can make your own Body Ecology friendly carrier oil by using a lightly scented oil like almond oil that is unrefined and organic.
  • A household cleaner. Add to water and vinegar for a non-toxic household cleaner.
  • Treatment for lice and dandruff. Rinse your hair with warm water and 2 drops of tea tree oil to control lice and dandruff.
  • Healing bath. Add 6 drops to your bath water for a soothing soak.
  • Diffused. Using an essential oil diffuser, tea tree oil may be diffused into the air, creating a medicinal antiseptic.

Tea tree essential oil is an amazing tonic for your skin and can support your health in so many other ways, so if you experience skin conditions and also for cuts, etc., Body Ecology recommends always keeping some on hand.

Sources:

  1. Bassett, et al, "A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne," Med J Aust. 1990 Oct 15;153(8):455-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=2145499
  2. Halcon, L, Milkus, K, "Staphylococcus aureus and wounds: a review of tea tree oil as a promising antimicrobial," Am J Infect Control. 2004 Nov;32(7):402-8. School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
  3. "Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase by Tea Tree oil," J Pharm Pharmacol. 2004 Mar; 56(3):375-9.
  4. "Terpinen-4-ol, the main component of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil ) inhibits the in vitro growth of human melanoma cells," J Invest Dermatol. 2004 Feb;122(2):349-60.
  5. "Antifungal effects of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and its components on Candida albicans, Candida glabrata and Saccharomyces cerevisiae," J Antimicrob Chemother. 2004 Jun; 53(6):1081-5. Epub 2004 May 12.

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  • I must admit that I had really big problems with acne and tried many things out. Because of that I was bullied at school and no one liked me.

    In the past I was too shy to talk about this to my teacher, I only wanted desperately find a way out of this hell. When I was 16 I wanted to put an end to my acne problem. I have read all about it in the internet and magazines, but there were so many products that I have lost the overview. After countless reasearches and tries with chemical ointments, remedies and so on (that didnt worked for me :/ ), I found a really good product which solved my acne problem in a few days was also quite cheap. I couldnt believe it actually was so effective. After 2 weeks most of my acne completely disappeared ! I felt like I was the happiest human being at this time and I really want other people not to suffer from this pain anymore. It literally destroys your life. You can check out my blog for more details about it. And dont get desperate about it like myself, there is a solution for everything. Hope it helps for you guys <3

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  • I don't have acne but my face is bull I was using vitamin c oil and I do have sensitive skin can tea tree oil help with the dull ness?


    Thank Yvonne Scarlett

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    • I used antifungal soap with tea tree oil this soap is home made I have also sensitive skin and this soap soap contains two of nature’s most powerful antimicrobial essential oils: tea tree and eucalyptus oil. this is good for skin for information you can visit this site http://www.defensesoap.com/

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  • Interesting reading from so many stating tea tree oil is a miracle. Regardless, I started using it, several months ago, on my face, acne rosacea. I love the smell and the way it feels. my face is no longer dry, and maybe its help w/rosacea, some.... I like it, trust it, and recommend it!

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  • Mukami Kariuki Sep 13 at 1:03 am

    I am on my late 30's and live in Nrb Kenya, I have been a victim of Acne for many years, thanks to my sister Rose who introduced me to Tea Tree oil, my skin has changed since then and I am grateful.

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  • My back is really dry and used it it takes away itch.btw it get tar off of pets fur. Also the sores dogs get on their elbows helps soften and take them away.

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  • How can Iget the teatree oil?

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  • I am still on the usage though for one week, still hopping to have a testimony on my face acne.

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  • After seeing 3 doctors and spending out of pocket $300 in 3 weeks for scabies I contacted via and out break at work ( I work with elderly ) . I discovered while googling tea tree oil and its cure for scabies. I purchased a small bottle at Walgreens for 10.99 and used 2 teaspoons in warm bath water . After first bath I saw a major differance after the 3rd bath I was well on my way being scabies free.
    Tea tree oil has been a life and money saver!

    I will be using it in the future for other ailments. I highly recommend it.

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  • littledove Jul 16 at 7:06 pm

    Will Tea tree oil help Palmar/Plantar psoriasis (hands and feet) My feet are so sore and cracked and very painful, I have to use crutches to walk Hands are also cracked and painful, Ican't do my normal household chores or cook. Can anyone please help me?

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  • My nightly face routine consists of 2 drops of tea tree oil to 1/2cup of Witch Hazel. I use it as an astringent. It removes the makeup left behind after I wash my face. You will be amazed of how clear and toned your complexion will become.

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