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Sometimes referred to simply as melaleuca, tea tree essential oil is effective for dealing with fungus, treating minor wounds, and clearing up a variety of minor infections. In a 2013 study published by the International Journal of Dermatology, tea tree essential oil was shown to exhibit high levels of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action, with effectiveness against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoal infections. Among its proven uses are treating acne, seborrheic dermatitis, and gingivitis. Tea tree essential oil has also been proven to help wounds heal faster, so add it to your natural first-aid kit.
Generally regarded as safe.
INHALATION: Mixed into 1 cup of steaming hot water, a few drops of tea tree essential oil can soothe respiratory discomfort. If adding to a diffuser, use the number of drops recommended by the diffuser’s manufacturer.
TOPICAL: Tea tree essential oil can be used neat on minor cuts and scrapes. Just drip a drop onto the affected area and allow it to air-dry.
BATH: If you have dandruff, try adding tea tree essential oil to your shampoo. It kills fungus and helps your scalp heal, while cutting down on itchiness.
During cold and flu season, add tea tree essential oil to a vaporizer for relief from congestion. Tea tree essential oil helps sunburns heal faster. Blend it with aloe vera gel on its own or with complementary essential oils, and apply it liberally to affected areas a few times each day until the skin heals. Tea tree’s powerful antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial qualities make it an excellent addition to household cleaners. Used on its own or blended with other essential oils, tea tree essential oil keeps a variety of surfaces fresh and clean.
IDEAL FOR TREATING
Cold and flu care
Insect bites and bee
Minor cuts and scrapes
Oily skin and hair