Tea tree oil, which recently gained popularity for its natural antibacterial properties, is an essential oil extracted from Malaleuca alternifolia. This Tea Tree is a small tree that is native to Australia.
Tea tree oil (TTO), or malaleuca oil, is an essential oil with a fresh odor and a pale yellow to clear color. The oil is distilled from its leaves. With remarkable antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, it has become the most widely preferred natural ingredient in all cosmetics. It offers excellent natural treatments for various skin conditions, such as acne, dryness, and is known natively to cure nearly all skin ailments.
Also known as ‘first aid in a bottle’, its medicinal characteristics make it so versatile that it is now used to cure acne, cough, flu, or to get rid of dandruff and lice, to treat skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, as a disinfectant and a painkiller. Like all other medicinal antibiotics, it evaporates quickly and hence should be stored with caution. Tea tree oil is not for oral medicinal purpose. Intake of tea tree oil can be toxic.
General Uses Of Tea Tree Oil
Here are some of the general uses of tea tree oil:
1. Skin Ailments/Cosmetic Benefits:
Now we know that tea tree oil has antibacterial virtues that make it an excellent natural cosmetic agent for curing all types of skin infections, caused by fungus, bacteria or any virus. Some skin infections that are unresponsive to antibiotics are known to be healed by tea tree oil. Applying cotton ball, dabbed in tea tree oil, to skin and affected area, can cure acne, boils, blisters, sunburns, insect bites rashes or toenail fungus. Not only cosmetically, tea tree oil is popular amongst dermatologists to cure most crucial of skin diseases, such as Genital Warts, Athlete’s Foot, Herpes.
Apart from the numerous aesthetic benefits, the tree tea oil is Mother Nature’s cure to a number of health issues. The antiviral property of tea tree oil is known to fight fatal infectious diseases, such as chicken pox, measles, shingles and verrucae. Cold and flu and fever blisters can also be healed quickly with tea tree oil. Gargling a mix of tea tree oil and water as a mouthwash on a regular basis can prevent bad breath, inflamed gums, plaque. Shampoos with tea tree oil, are known to cure dandruff, lice and hair fall. Tea tree oil is used in pain relievers to calm muscular pain and sprains. Inhaling a pot of hot water, infused with tea tree oil, can help free respiratory congestion, asthma, bronchitis, and sore throat and chest infections.
Anti-insecticide property makes it an important element recently in the production of insecticides and mosquito repellent. It is safe both as home sprays and mosquito repellent creams since it is harmless to the skin. A little oil can be rubbed on the body before going to any infected site.
Although there are no inherent risks of topically applying tea tree oil, in some rare cases, people may be overly sensitive to the oil, as a form of a minor allergenic. This should always be kept away from pets and children.
Tea Tree Oil Soap:
Tea tree oil soap is an alternative for people who do not want to use chemicals. Made from tea tree oil, it has the antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It can be incorporated in the daily lifestyle by replacing body bar, face wash, shaving or waxing cream and shampoos.
The soap has a strong smell, but some varieties have other elements, such as cocoa butter, coconut oil, glycerine, to make it more aromatic. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, making the tea tree soap a combination of cleanser and medicine. Some people experience allergic reaction to it, hence if rashes are noticed; the person should immediately stop the use of this soap.
Benefits Of Using Tea Tree Oil Soap:
Here are 10 benefits of using tea tree oil soap:
1. Controls Body Odor:
Body odor is caused by the growth of bacteria on the skin and clothes. Bathing with tea tree oil soap on a daily basis can cut down the growth of these bacteria to a large extent. The antimicrobial property of tea tree oil prevents the growth of bacteria and kills the existing ones. Tea tree soap can also be used as laundry soap to remove bacteria growing on sweat clothes.
Clearing up acne naturally with tea tree soap is the easiest way. Regular use of tea tree soap as a face wash will give a clearer and smoother skin. Tea tree oil reduces bacteria and inflammation, and helps control blemishes without over drying the skin. Not only acne, all other skin ailments, such as eczema and psoriasis, can be cured by regularly using tea tree soap.
3. Prevention And Cure:
The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil make it an excellent alternative to cure and prevent infections. Cuts and wounds can be protected against infection with the use of this soap. It can also heal skin infections. According to researchers, daily bathing with tea tree oil, prevents colonization of infection caused by fungus and bacteria. The tea tree soap cures infections being less harsh on the skin, as compared to other chemicals and medicines.
4. Shaving Lather And After Wax Wash:
Tea tree oil soap can be used to form lather when shaving. It acts as an antibacterial alternative. It also moisturizes the skin. Girls can use tea tree soap to wash the skin after waxing and threading to give a soothing effect to the skin. It can also be used to prevent any rash or irritation.
Tea tree soap can be and is widely used as a shampoo as well. Preventing dandruff, hair fall and lice are its known benefits. Seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis can be treated with tea tree shampoo.
The antiviral property of tea tree oil makes it a remedy for common cold, measles, flu and influenza. It removes toxins, moistens skin, open pores and keeps the body cool.
7. Healing Effect:
Using tea tree oil on a daily basis as soap will not only provide aesthetic benefits, but also offers cure for many skin conditions, such as cuts, wounds, minor burns, boil and bruises. Insect bites and bee stings can be treated with tea tree oil.
8. Reduces Itching And Rashes:
Any kind of skin rash can be treated with tea tree oil soap, provided that the person is not allergic to it. It instantly reduces itching sensation and gives a soothing effect. It also makes the skin cool and less irritated, and cures rashes.
9. Scars And Marks:
Many researches have proved that tea tree oil has cicatrisant properties, which help reduce scars and marks from the epidermis. Regular use of tea tree oil soap can remove scars and marks that have been bothering you since long.
10. Mosquito Repellent:
The anti-insecticidal properties of tea tree oil make the tea tree soap an effective mosquito repellent. Use of this soap is known to give a protective guard to the skin against mosquitoes, fleas, sand flies, certain microbes and parasites responsible for viral fever, malaria, jaundice, etc. One need not apply a sticky or oily repellent cream on the skin; just bathing with tea tree soap is enough.
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