By: Adam L.
Deep in the outback and along the coasts of a far-off land is a fantastic tree.
The native people of this country revere the tree for what it does…
And as you’ll see, this weird Australian plant could replace hundreds of toxic products in your home.
Which is why if you’re trying to live a greener, healthier lifestyle, you can’t afford to skip out on using this product.
It could single-handedly help replace cancer-causing cosmetics, hormone-damaging cleaning solutions, and neuro-degenerative insect repellents (and more).
The plant is the tea tree, and the oil we extract from this plant is one of the most potent antiseptics, antibacterial, antiviral agents known to man.
Here are 5 products tea tree oil can help replace.
5 Toxic Products Tea Tree Oil May Help Replace
Tea tree oil is an extract of the oil of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia.
It’s got a beautiful, rich amber hue, a pleasant aroma, and a warm feel on the skin.
All these properties hint at just how remarkable this plant is for helping protect you from so many different organisms trying to ruin your health.
1 – Acne Medications:
Many acne fighters rely on toxic chemicals to kill bacteria living on the surface of your skin. Tea tree oil helps to kill bacteria but doesn’t damage skin like many of those chemicals.
This is in part thanks to a compound known as terpinen-4-ol.
Several studies indicate it works 3-6 times better than placebos at reducing inflammation and healing lesions.
And other studies show it’s just as good at keeping acne at bay as benzoyl peroxide, one of the most common (and most complained about) acne medications.
2 – Hand Sanitizers:
Hand sanitizers might be one of the more inconspicuous health hazards in your home.
Recent research shows the use of these cleaning agents, especially the chemicals in them, could promote bacterial overgrowth and may even lead to new superbugs being created.
Tea tree oil is just as effective as a sanitizer, but it doesn’t contain added chemicals and relies on an age-old antibacterial formula that isn’t known to cause bacterial resistance.
3 – Insect Repellents:
Insect repellents are one of the more dangerous chemicals we use daily.
From DDT (which is now banned) to the ever-so-dangerous sprays with DEET in them, the over-reliance on traditional bug sprays is probably causing more harm than good.
That’s because many of these chemicals are known endocrine-disruptors and also interfere with neurotransmission (among other things).
Tea tree oil helps to repel many bugs and has been shown to be just as effective as DEET.
In one study, tea tree oil performed just as effectively as DEET for repelling one of the world’s most dangerous insects, the mosquito.
And in another study (this study was with cows) all it took was one application of tea tree oil and the number of flies swarming the cows fell 61%.
You can include tea tree oil in your own insect repellent or buy premade ones from a health food store.
4 – Dandruff Shampoos:
While the mainstream dandruff shampoos are clinically proven to work, a number of them use chemicals with questionable safety for prolonged use in humans.
Tea tree oil has a history of helping to control dandruff.
One study showed that a group of people who used a shampoo with tea tree oil as the primary dandruff ingredient saw their dandruff levels fall by about 40%.
They also said that while their dandruff wasn’t as noticeable, their heads didn’t itch as bad and they didn’t have the same kind of greasy feeling other shampoos left behind.
Just a few drops of tea tree oil in shampoo can deliver noticeable results.
5 – Mouthwash:
Tea tree oil is not meant for internal use, but as an ingredient for mouthwash, it’s quite capable.
Dr. Josh Axe writes the following about how tea tree oil can help with stinky breath:
“Bad breath comes from bacteria that is found in your mouth, especially the back of your tongue, throat, and tonsils. Because tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that can kill these bacteria, it works as a natural remedy for bad breath.
An in vitro study also shows that tea tree oil acts as an effective antiseptic agent against oral pathogens, including Candida albicans, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. This tea tree oil benefit can be extremely helpful after oral surgery, like a root canal, that increases your risk of developing a bacterial or fungal infection.”
The Bottom Line?
The bottom line is tea tree oil is an excellent addition to the products used by healthy individuals.
By replacing many conventional cosmetics/cleansers/toiletries with ones filled with tea tree oil, not only do you keep yourself clean and healthy.
You also eliminate how many toxins you expose yourself to, as well, which has other noticeable health benefits.
Inexpensive, potent, and easy to find, tea tree oil should be in everyone’s medicine chest.