Tea tree oil has become a common mention among doctors and more so the dermatologists. Nevertheless, many would ask what is tea tree oil and is it a product of the common Camilla sinensis tree used to make black and green tea? Well the answer is NO. Tea tree oil is an ancient Australian antiseptic which was used by the Aborigines to treat burns and cuts way before modern medicine was introduced. Tea tree oil is a product of Melaleuca alternifolia which is obtained after distillation of the leaves through a steam process. Tea tree oil became and is still the antiseptic of choice for many Australians. It has also gained popularity among many other nations and is also known as Malaleuca oil. Tea tree oil has certain active compounds that give it the ability to give you amazing gains when you use it on your skin and hair. These compounds are: viridiflorol, nerolidol terpinen-4-ol, cineole, and eucalyptol. Tea tree oil has many gains as we shall look at but research has shown that it is not safe consumption and can cause severe poisoning especially to children and should therefore be used externally on hair or skin.
The benefits of the tea tree oil may be too many to mention but these below are assured for your skin and hair. These gains and benefits include:
Great home remedy for acne
Acne is the pimple skin breakouts. Acne causes distress and discomfort to many especially teenagers who get most affected by it during their developmental stage. Tea tree oil is a great solution that will leave your skin smooth and natural with no worry or redness or peeling after use. Apply a drop of the tea tree oil to your pimple using a cotton swab before bed for a few nights in a row and the results will be tremendous. You can also add a few drops (8 to 10) of the tea tree oil to your regular face wash especially if your skin breaks out often.
Awesome soothing balm for razor burns
Do you feel itchy and at times your skin turns red and painful after using razor to shave, tea tree oil will ease your woes. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to coconut oil or to your lotion or jelly and apply to where the razor burns are and the feeling will be amazing as well as the great quick healing of your razor burns.
Natural relief for dry skin
Many have skin type that require extra oil to keep moisturized and this is what is considered as dry skin. If this is your skin type, seek no more for other oils mix tea tree oil(2-3 drops) with your lotion or to almond oil and apply on your skin especially on the elbows and knees for smooth moisturized skin and bye to dry skin.
Long lasting solution to dandruff
Dead dry skin that peels off the scalp and leaves the hair looking all dirty and untidy. It affects both men as well as women. Washing your hair with shampoo to which you have added a few drops of tea tree oil will end this problem for good, leaving your scalp smooth and your hair healthy and neat.
Solution for dry scalp
Tea tree oil treats dry scalp really well and unclogs pores leaving you feeling refreshed. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your hair food such as jojoba oil, massage your scalp for a few minutes (not more than 15) then wash your scalp thoroughly for the best results.
Natural remedy for ringworm
Most of our children face the frequency of ringworm especially if they are shaved at the barbers and leave no hair. This is a problem for most parents but the natural solution to it is simply a few drops of tea tree oil. Add it to your regular shampoo and wash the head when the ring worms appear after every shave and the problem will be history. OR Add a few drops of tea tree oil to coconut oil and rub onto affected area to kill the fungus causing ringworm.
Tea tree oil has been found to give remedy even for skins that are allergic to other chemicals and antiseptics. The best thing about the use of tea tree oil is that just a few drops will do the magic for your skin and your hair. Many companies have identified the secret and have incorporated the tea tree oil in their shampoos and antiseptics and therefore it is best to check the products you use, so as not to add tea tree oil to products that already contain some for better results. When advised by a doctor to use tea tree oil, it is best to follow instructions to the latter and discuss with the doctor in case of any complications.