6 Reasons Why Tea Tree Oil Is Awesome
14 Jul 2016
Tea tree oil. You're all familiar with it, but do you know just how useful it is? Here are some Tea Tree Oil hacks for next time you're in a crisis.
1. CURES SMELLY FEET
When you add 10-20 drops of tea tree essential oil into an abundant mix along with rosemary, sage, ginger and more for the perfect 'Homemade Anti-Fungal Foot Spray', you really can say goodbye to that bad foot odour!
2. RELIEVES CHICKEN POX
Renowned for its antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil proves to be one remarkable and multi-purposeful agent you can count on. Due to its manifold potential, tea tree oil provides successful relief from itching and inflammation; two common effects of chicken pox. In addition, this oil motivates faster tissue regeneration for better healing. To treat chicken pox with tea tree oil, gently apply 1-3 drops on the affected area at least up to five times per day. If the area affected is quite large, you may require between 15-20 drops.
3. IMPROVES SKIN AND HAIR
This reason should be the least surprising on the list but is by far, the most worthy of repeating. Tea tree oil, scientifically known as 'Melaleuca alternifolia', also proves to be a gentle, strong and chemical-free disinfectant with the power to treat various skin conditions, ease dry flaking, rid dandruff and even lice, and overall promotes healthier hair and clearer skin.
According to a recent study, which compared tea tree oil with the popular benzoyl peroxide, a chemical used in many acne treatment products such as 'Clearasil Acne Treatment Cream' and 'Paula's Choice', it was found that only a 5% solution of tea tree oil is just as effective - and without causing any of the negative side effects most would experience from chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide. Win-win! Thus, tea tree oil continues to be one of the greatest natural skincare remedies.
4. REMOVES MAKEUP
Whether you use a homemade mix or buy tea tree skin clearing facial wipes, tea tree oil can be used as an outstanding makeup remover for skin either normal or dry. To use tea tree oil as a makeup remover, simply attain a clean jar, then mix 1/4 cup of canola oil well together with 10 drops of tea tree oil. And just as you normally would with an average makeup remover, use your mixture to dab a cotton ball and then apply this to your skin. At the end, ensure you wash your face with warm water.
5. TREATS INSECT BITES
In the aftermath of insect bites, itching, irritability and inflammation are bound to occur. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil can be utilised to soothe the skin from such symptoms, and can also be used to treat a wide range of infections. Alternatively, applying tea tree oil to the skin also works as prevention against bites.
6. CLEANS THE HOUSE
Avoid chemical-based household cleaners and try tea tree oil, which at this point you would now know, is not only a remarkable alternative medicine, but makes for an amazing natural cleaner too. Tea tree oil is powerful enough to defeat the development of mold; for most effective use here, spray tea tree oil or diffuse it. And the bonus? It smells good!
But, we're not the only ones who know how amazing it is! At Adelaide Central Plaza's The Body Shop, open 7 days a week on the Ground Floor, Tea Tree is a major skincare range which includes several variations from tea tree oils and gels to lotions, cleansers and even facial wipes; so you're sure to find what's right for you.