The natural antiseptic – Tea tree oil

It’s known to heal cuts and burns, but did you know it works like magic on your chapped lips and make your blemishes disappear? Here’s presenting tea tree oil – an effective and natural remedy to treat most of your skin problems!

What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a native plant of Queensland, Australia.

The Australian aboriginals are said to have used the tea tree leaves for ages to combat cold, viruses and flu, cuts, burns and various other infections, by just crushing and applying the leaves on the affected area.

Tea tree oil contains a chemical called terpenoid that is responsible for its medicinal properties. And we can therefore use tea tree oil as an antiseptic and anti-infective to cure bacterial and fungal infections.

However, do not get confused with the tea tree plant and the tea plant, as the latter is the one with which tea that we drink is made.

Tea tree oil benefits in skin care

Tea tree oil and acne: If you suffer from acne and have used every chemical treatment that is available over the counter, try tea tree oil. Experts opine that tea tree oil can be used as a natural alternative to benzoyl peroxide, but with lesser side effects like redness, dryness and burning.

However, make sure never to use tea tree oil on your skin in its pure form. Add a few drops on oil into the water and apply on the affected area with a ball of cotton. You can make it a daily routine as this will help prevent acne breakouts.

You can also prepare a purifying steam for a facial with three drops of tea tree oil and three drops of lemon juice and a bowl of steaming hot water. Lean over the bowl and allow the steam to penetrate into your skin for about five to eight minutes.

Tea tree oil for oily skin: Oily skin means pimples and pimples mean clogged pores. Tea tree oil is a blessing even to those with oily skin. Mix six to eight drops of tea tree oil with 30 ml of almond oil, stir well, apply this to your face massage lightly. This will help in unclogging your pores, allowing your skin to breath leading to lesser appearance of pimples.

Tea tree oil for chapped lips: Nobody likes chapped, cracked lips – one it is painful and from the beauty perspective no one wants to be seen with skin peeling off your lips. While some people face this problem only during winter, a few others have chapped lips throughout the year. Here is what you need to do to have soft, smooth and pink lips:Mix two drops of tea tree oil to one teaspoon of jojoba oil or a little bit of cold cream and apply it on your cracked lips every day. This mixture can also be used on your inflamed cuticles.

Tea tree oil as antiseptic cream: Do not use tea tree oil directly on your face. Make an antiseptic cream by mixing eight drops (30 ml) of tea tree oil with any unscented cream/lotion of your choice and apply it on your face daily.

Tea tree oil for dandruff: If you are suffering from a flaky scalp and none of the ‘effective’ anti-dandruff shampoos have yielded results,it’s time you tried tea tree oil. All you have to do is buy a bottle of pure tea tree oil, add 10 drops of oil to every 30 ml of shampoo. Use this shampoo daily. The tea tree oil’s strong pine-like smell might creep into your shampoo, but it’s not unpleasant. You will notice immediate lessening of dandruff.

Another trick is to directly apply the tea tree oil and massage your scalp a few minutes before shampooing. Allow your scalp to soak in the oil and shampoo as usual. Follow this procedure at least twice a week to keep dandruff from returning.

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