Tea Tree Oil: One of Nature’s Most Versatile Essential Oils

Tea Tree Flower Buds

Tea Tree Flower Buds

Melaleuca Alternifolia, more commonly called tea tree oil, is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after essential oils, surpassing even lavender oil in popularity. Known for its anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties, it is often cited as one of the best oils to use to fight infections. It is a versatile oil that has benefits to offer that you may not even be aware of.

Ringworm can be one of the most difficult fungal infections to eradicate. It can take a very long time to get rid of ringworm using modern medical treatments, sometimes as long as months. Tea tree oil has shown itself to be really good at eliminating it, often within weeks. Apply it topically to the skin, two to three times per day. It will relieve the itching immediately, and the rash will slowly disappear over the space of several days to a couple of weeks.

There are a lot of over-the-counter remedies available for the treatment of acne, some more and some less effective. What is one ingredient that is often included in the most effective natural acne remedies? If you guessed tea tree oil, you’re absolutely correct! One study cited the oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, but without the risk of the dry, red, peeling skin that often results from that latter.

Have you noticed a decline in the health of your hair? Treat yourself to a homemade spa day. Blend a small amount of tea tree oil with some coconut milk and some aloe vera gel, and wash as normal. You’ll be amazed at the difference! If you also suffer from psoriasis or eczema, you’ll benefit even more, as both conditions tend to respond very well when treated with tea tree oil.

We may love tea tree oil for the way it can help restore our natural beauty and health, but parasites hate it! If you have the misfortune of having your children bring home lice from school, consider tea tree oil as a natural alternative to chemical treatments and shaved heads. It’ll kill the lice without the risk of any harmful side effects. You can even diffuse the oil to eliminate them from bedding. It’ll work for fleas and ticks too!

Tea tree oil is wonderful for fighting bad breath! Because it is so effective at eliminating bacteria, it’s a great ingredient to add into homemade toothpaste. Not only will your breath be left smelling clean and fresh, but it’s been shown to prevent bleeding gums and tooth decay.

Use a simple mixture of the oil and baking soda on a damp toothbrush to brush your teeth, and you’ll impress your dentist at your next visit.

No medicine cabinet is complete without a bottle of melaleuca in it. It is a very safe, natural alternative to many of the common household drugs and disinfectants. You can use it for your family whenever you need it, knowing that your bottle of tea tree oil is the safest, most effective thing in your medicine cabinet.