For a while now, I’ve been reading all sorts of reviews and articles on tea tree, I’ve been thinking to myself that one of these days I would definitely purchase either the essential oil or a beauty product that features tea tree oil as one of its major ingredients.
Long story short, I finally got myself to purchase a tiny little bottle containing the tea tree essential oil.
At first, I didn’t know what to expect, in terms of my skin reacting to it, it smelled really antiseptic, that was a smell I definitely did not expect!
Anyway, the reason I decided to go for it was
- For my acne and for my post-teenage year’s acne scars (i heard it could help with scaring)
- for my scalp because I have a really sensitive one which is often prone to irritation and mild scalp psoriasis.
Anyway, before moving any further, here are some of the biggest benefits of tea tree oil you should know
About tea tree oil
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia.
Although Melaleuca alternifolia is known as the tea tree, it should not be confused with the plant that produces leaves used to make black, green and oolong tea.
To be honest, t too had believed that tea tree was gotten from, well, a tea tree….Halo
Tea tree oil has been used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for centuries. These native Australians crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing.
Today, tea tree oil is widely available as a 100% undiluted or “neat” oil. Diluted forms are also available, ranging from 5–50% strength in products designed for the skin.
Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi (1Trusted Source, 2Trusted Source).
Terpinen-4-ol also appears to increase the activity of your white blood cells, which help fight germs and other foreign invaders (3Trusted Source).
These germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil a valued natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, what are the benefits or effects of tea tree oil on both the skin and hair?
Benefits of using tea tree oil on your skin
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has many benefits for the skin. It’s an alternative to conventional treatments.
Tea tree oil can be used to treat conditions and symptoms that affect skin, nails, and hair. It can also be used as a deodorant, insect repellent, or mouthwash. When used topically, tea tree oil can treat certain skin conditions or improve the overall appearance of your skin
For dry skin and eczema
Tea tree oil can help soothe dry skin by reducing itching and irritation.
Also, it’s been to be more effective than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate creams in treating eczema.
How to use: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into a small amount of moisturizer or carrier oil. Apply this mixture to the affected areas immediately after getting out of the shower and at least once more each day.
The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil may contribute to its ability to combat oily skin.
A small 2016 study found that participants who used a sunscreen containing tea tree oil for 30 days showed improvements in oiliness.
How to use: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into your toner, moisturizer, or sunscreen. You can add two drops of tea tree oil to bentonite clay to make a mask.
Tea tree oil is a popular choice for treating acne because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
It’s thought to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. It may even help to prevent and reduce acne scars, leaving you with smooth, clear skin.
How to use: Dilute 3 drops of tea tree oil into 2 ounces of witch hazel.
Use it as a toner throughout the day.
You can use a face wash, moisturizer, and spot treatment containing tea tree oil as well.
Using tea tree oil on the skin
Tea tree oil is effective in promoting healthy skin by soothing and healing a wide range of skin issues.
Use tea tree oil with a few precautions:
- You should not apply tea tree oil directly to skin. It’s important to dilute the oil with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil.
- For every 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil, add 12 drops of a carrier oil.
- Also, be careful when using tea tree oil around the eye area. Exposure can cause redness and irritation.
- Before you use tea tree oil, do a patch test to make sure your skin doesn’t react to the tea tree oil.
Using tea tree oil for your hair
Tea tree oil can help with various ailments, such as dandruff and hair loss.
With all the severe chemicals found in hair products today, you could be stripping your hair follicle of much-needed nutrients.
If you use a lot of products or dye your hair often, you can put your hair at risk of breaking off or falling out.
Using small amounts of diluted tea tree oil down the shaft of the hair will help prevent buildup of chemicals and dead skin.
This keeps your hair healthy and moisturized, which can help it grow at its normal rate and prevent it from falling out.
Dandruff is caused by an accumulation of scaly, dry skin on your scalp. If left untreated, the dead skin buildup could ultimately hinder hair growth.
A shampoo containing tea tree oil can provide both antifungal and antibacterial benefits.
This means it will get rid of what’s causing the dead skin on your scalp.
Note that if you have an autoimmune condition, are going through chemotherapy, have a genetic disposition to losing hair, or have hair loss associated with aging, tea tree oil likely won’t help with your hair loss
I’ve been using tea tree quite regularly on my scalp because a had a mild case of scalp psoriasis caused by braiding,
This was the first time that I had braided my hair in a year, and boy was I restless, I tried searching the Internet for anyone who had written about braids aggravating the case of psoriasis, but there was nothing on it.
I might have to write on that, because I may not be the only one suffering from this same issue.
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