TEA TREE OIL
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a well-known, natural antiseptic originating in Australia, which can be applied directly onto the skin. Its proven natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it an essential oil that should actually be part of everyone’s natural medicine cabinet.
Tea Tree Oil it’s becoming an increasingly popular ingredient in a variety of cosmetic and household products, including shampoos, face wash, massage oils, or skin and nail creams.
Tea Tree Oil has been commonly used today in different forms by those who suffer from acne and other skin problems. According to one study that tested effectiveness Tea Tree Oil on participants with acne it was as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without causing any negative side effects. In order to make a gentle face wash mix 7 drops of pure Tea Tree Oil with either one tablespoon of raw coconut oil or aloe vera gel, rub the mixture on your face and leave for some time before rinsing it off. The same mixture can be used on fungus, dry and flaky scalp, dandruff or lice.
An article published in the Journal of Phytomedicine evaluated health benefits and safety of various essential oils and found that Tea Tree Oil was among oils that caused no adverse reactions or side effects when used with various popular antibiotics. It was even discovered that it helped prevent antibiotic resistance.
Tea Tree Oil is a very useful cleansing agent for the skin and helps to combat foot odour. It can be used as a disinfectant with Palmarosa oil. It is also known to kill fleas on pets, especially when mixed with citronella.
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