Essential oils have grown in popularity over the last 10 years, so much so that the selection can sometimes be overwhelming. With so many to choose from, it can be hard to remember which oil does what and how to use it accordingly.
The good news that one essential oil could be all you need!
Tea tree oil is considered one of the more powerful essential oils and although toxic if swallowed, it has a wide range of topical applications which prove more effective than the leading cosmetic and prescription creams, washes, and ointments.
Here is a list of the 10 best uses for this essential, essential oil:
1. Toothpaste for Oral Health
Although it is harmful to swallow tea tree oil, it is perfectly safe to use it in the mouth as a antiseptic rinse and toothpaste. With elements known for their anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil has been shown effective at reducing the swelling of gums caused by gingivitis as well as killing the bacteria which leads to it in the first place.
Simply mix coconut oil, baking soda and a few drops of tea tree oil and you have yourself a safe and extremely effective toothpaste!
2. All Natural Deodorant
Another great use for tea tree oil is as a natural body deodorizer. The same antimicrobial properties which help clean the mouth can also kill potent smelling bacteria on the body. You can make your own deodorant using this recipe.
Store bought deodorants are packed full of chemicals which prevent the body’s natural detox and clog the pores with seriously harmful toxins which have been linked to all types of cancers.
Tea tree oil is not just good at getting rid of body odor, but it can help eliminate smells from athletic gear and running shoes. Simply mix a few drops of tea tree oil with lemon essential oil and water and spray it into your gym bag!
3. Ointment for Wounds and Cuts
A recent study from the Journal of Investigative dermatology found that tea tree oil can kill methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus and staph infections on contact.
Using just a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil can make a great ointment to help keep a clean cut heal quickly and with minimal scarring.
4. Eliminates Mold
What many people don’t know is that they live surrounded by millions of mold microbes which can enter into the lungs and cause serious health problems.
Tea tree oil can be more effective and certainly safer at killing mold than bleach. Apart from using it to clean the surfaces of your home, tea tree oil works extremely well when used in an air diffuser and improves the air quality by eliminating dust and debris from poor ventilation sources.
As mentioned, tea tree oil makes a great household cleaner and is much safer than many of the “green” store bought products. Simply mix tea tree oil with white vinegar, water, and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Use it as you would any other all purpose cleaner on kitchen counter tops and bathroom surfaces.
6. Kills Toenail Fungus, Warts and Ringworm
Tea tree oil contains properties which have been shown effective in killing some of the strongest of parasites. Undiluted, this oil has the power to kill foot fungus and even remove warts when used repeatedly for up to 30 days.
7. Acne Treatment
The bacteria which causes acne does not stand a chance against tea tree oil. One study has shown this oil can be more effective than the commonly prescribed and severely irritating benzoyl peroxide.
Instead of pulling all the moisture from the skin, tea tree oil works gently as an anti-bacterial and soothes the skin, reducing the redness and inflammation that can occur with other topical acne treatments.
8. Eczema and Psoriasis
Just like tea tree oil helps treat acne, it can also be used to treat the inflammation which causes eczema and other skin irritations.
9. Rejuvenate Hair and Scalp
Tea tree oil can be used as an all natural dandruff treatment and has even been shown effective in killing lice.
Along with aloe vera gel and coconut oil, use this mixture in your shower for an all natural shampoo that will clean your hair without depriving it of its natural moisture level.
10. Cancer Prevention
One of the most incredible uses for tea tree oil could be revolutionary for the treatment of skin cancer. A recent study from the Journal of Dermatological Sciences showed tea tree oil as having a rapid influence on reducing tumours and boosting immune system function.