tea tree oil – an all rounder

With a variety of wellness products flooding in the market today, the trial and error process of finding the right product continues and it only adds to confusion among the various combinations of ingredients (targeted towards a particular concern) and the different preservatives added alongwith.

Then sometimes when nothing seems to work, neither am I ready to continue with the trail and error of one product following the next, I directly opt for essential oils!

Essential oils are basically concentrated decoctions which can be used in various ways and can be mixed with carrier oils , gels etc. and applied on skin and hair targeting towards various issues of skin/hair.

So, today I will discuss the various ways by which Tea Tree Oil can be used and how it can work wonders as an all rounder!!

What is tea tree oil exactly?

Tea tree oil    is the oil extracted from the leaves of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia.

Earlier it’s use was limited to the Aboriginal tribes of Australia until it’s multiple benefits were discovered by the world!!

P.S. Tea tree oil is no how related to the  tea plant or its leaves which are used for brewing tea (i.e. drinks like milk tea, black tea, oolong tea etc.)

Tea tree oil has anti bacterial components like terpinen-4-ol, terpinolene, α-terpinene, and α-terpineol, had strong inhibitory activities against Propionibacterium acnes , Staphylococcus aureus , E.Coli , H. Influenzae etc.

 

Ways it can be used for skin or hair care:

  • Tea tree oil lightens blemishes, controls acne, pimples and dark spots, soothes skin irritations; its antiseptic properties help you with itchy skin. This oil also controls body odour, protects from fungal infections on your body and makes your skin soft, supple and glowing.
  • Tea Tree essential oil helps you cleansing clogged hair follicles and giving deep nourishment to both your scalp and strands. It controls hair fall and removes dandruff.

Benefits of using it as a diffuser:

  • Tea Tree oil’s woodsy aroma gives you a clean and refreshed surrounding attuning your Ajna; The Third Eye Chakra. It is the spiritual centre for psychic harmony and self-realization.
  • It influences eyes and brain, mental clarity, intelligence, vision, and experience.
  • Cleanses the surrounding air with its antibacterial and insect repellent properties.

Miscellaneous uses of tea tree oil:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Body deodoriser
  • Antiseptic for minor cuts and bruises
  • Nail care (cures nail fungus, strengthens nails)
  • Chemical free mouthwash ( curbs bad breath causing bacteria in the mouth )

REMEMBER: TEA TREE OIL MUST NOT BE SWALLOWED

  • Can be mixed with any lotion and used as an after shave to cure any small cuts and prevent folliculitis.
  • Soothes any kind of skin inflammation
  • Heals the inflamed surrounding skin (bump) post piercing. (e.g. in case of nose piercing)
  • Fights foot odour

Risks involved if tea tree oil is not used the correct way:

  • If you are using tea tree oil as a part of your night time skin care routine, make sure to wash it off in the morning as tea tree oil makes your skin more susceptible to UV radiation.
  • Make sure that you do a patch test before using tea tree oil for the first time. If you are sensitive to tea tree oil there are chances that you might develop contact dermatitis ; a condition which is ironically cured by tea tree oil as well!!!
  • If you are using tea tree oil for acne, don’t use it undiluted or overuse it as it can overdry your skin and worsen your acne.
  • Don’t use cosmetic products (cream, lotion, toner, foundation, serum etc.) containing tea tree oil in the day time.
  • Don’t ever swallow tea tree oil as it can be really toxic for health.
  • Don’t put tea tree oil inside the ear for any reason as it can cause hearing loss
  • Using undiluted tea tree oil on skin can cause skin to get visibly burnt (if you are thinking of sticking a cotton swab with tea tree oil over your acne, ITS A BIG NO)

 

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