By: Annie Morgan
Many Americans are ditching their chemical-laced products and switching to more natural items, which include essential oils.
One of the most popular yet often misunderstood essential oils is tea tree oil which has been used all over the world for medicinal purposes.
Known for its strong antibacterial properties, tea tree oil can be used to treat a host of health conditions in the human body.
Check out some of the amazing ways tea tree oil can improve your health regimen!
Help Treat Acne
If you want clearer skin, tea tree oil might be your next miracle!
Unlike other harsh products that dry out your skin and make it even more red, tea tree oil’s soothing properties can help reduce inflammation and even acne scars.
Create your own homemade mix by applying a couple of drops of tea tree oil mixed with a carrier oil like jojoba or almond.
Then, apply the solution to a clean face.
If you have sensitive skin(or even as a precautionary), you might want to apply a small test to an area on your arm to confirm you don’t have an allergic reaction.
Soothe An Irritated Scalp
Many people suffer from dandruff or other scalp problems. It could just be the shampoo you are using or it could be caused by a fungus that occurs on your scalp naturally.
If you have tea tree oil, consider adding just a few drops to your shampoo (experts recommend 10 drops per 8oz) to help soothe an irritated scalp.
But remember – essential oils are strong! Never pour tea tree oil directly on your scalp without diluting it first or you can seriously burn your skin.
Some shampoos actually come with tea tree oil already mixed in it, and this might be a better start for beginners.
In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, participants using a shampoo with 5% tea tree oil showed a 41 percent improvement in terms of their dandruff problem!
Homemade Cleaning Product
Instead of using toxic lung irritants to clean your home, consider creating your own homemade solution using tea tree oil!
Simply combine two cups of water, a half cup of vinegar, and 15 drops of tea tree oil to a bottle and you have your very own cleaning solution!
The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil will not only help keep your home clean, but it will also smell great too while providing a healthy alternative to the store-bought products that contain “fragrance.”
Tea tree oil is toxic if swallowed, so make sure you are not ingesting it!
If you are new to essential oils, seek a trained expert either who is trained to sell them or consult a reputable health food shop and ask for their guidance.
If used properly, essential oils like tea tree can help treat a variety of conditions.
But it’s critical to know what you are doing!
Have you ever used tea tree oil?
Which use surprised you the most?
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