Tea tree oil is produced by the Melaleuca tree, native to Australia. This oil is definitely the most extensively researched essential oil, due to its endless number of uses.
According to the University of Sydney, the Native Aboriginals used its healing powers to treat skin conditions years before the renowned chemist Arthur Penfold discovered its potential in the 1920s.
Nowadays, tea tree oil is the main ingredient of numerous skin products, like massage oils, nail and skin creams, and lotions, anti-acne products, due to its potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory abilities.
There are even cases when doctors prescribe this essential oil as an alternative treatment to conventional drugs, as it does not cause any side- effects, and is highly effective.
For best effects, you should invest in some 100% pure tea tree oil. This oil is one of the safest ones, so you can use it undiluted in small amounts. Yet, just to be on the safe side, you should dilute it in some carrier oil.
These are 10 of its most important benefits for the skin:
The powerful antibacterial and antifungal compounds in this oil soothe inflammation that causes swellings on the skin.
The findings of a study by the Department of Dermatology at Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital indicate that “5% tea-tree oil and 5% benzoyl peroxide had a significant effect in ameliorating the patients’ acne.”
Researchers at the Skin Diseases and Leishmaniasis Research Center at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan found that tea tree oil effectively treats mild to moderate acne.
Researchers divided subjects into two groups, one of which was treated with a placebo and the other with tea tree oil. They followed subjects for 45 days and evaluated the effects on every 15 days.
Eventually, they stated that there was a huge difference between the groups, and the oil was found to be 5.8 times more effective when it came to overall acne severity.
Namely, this oil penetrates deeply into the skin and unblocks sebaceous glands, which then disinfects the pores, and dries out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes.
You should mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil, with a teaspoon of witch hazel, and apply the mixture on the skin using a cotton ball, once or twice daily.
In the case of breakouts across your body, dilute this oil in some carrier oil and add a bit of the mixture to your bath, and this will clear up acne from your back, chest and other problem areas.
You should dilute it in some olive or coconut oil in case you have sensitive skin. Moreover, use sunscreen and a hat if you go outside, as it will make you more prone to the UV rays of the sun.
It will also eliminate the scars which are left behind acne, as it will brighten them and restore the balance of the skin. It cleans the skin of toxins and prevents its clogging.
To eliminate scars, mix a tablespoon of raw honey with two drops of tea tree oil, and apply the mixture to the skin. Massage it in for a few minutes, and leave it to act for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water, and repeat daily.
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