If you’re not familiar with using essential oils as alternative medicine, tea tree oil is the perfect introduction for you! Renowned for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, tea tree oil is a powerful, natural ingredient for topical remedies.

Make sure you buy pure, organic tea tree oil; not the strange tea tree oil mixtures that you find in the skin care aisle at your drug store.

Medicinal Uses For Tea Tree Oil

1. Acne Treatment

80% of people in the United States deal with the emotional perils of acne. It’s, unfortunately, a built-in stage of teenage life and sometimes even a persistent problem into your adult years.

Tea tree oil can help treat both minor and severe acne cases. Dermatologists found that the oil can kill the acne causing bacteria and it can help soothe red, swollen pimples in spot treatment. Remember, don’t pick, this is the worst thing you can do for your acne!

For best results, mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a small pat of coconut oil and apply to affected areas overnight. Tea tree oil can be very drying to the skin- repeat only 2-3 times a week.

 2. Dandruff Prevention

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Dandruff can be a horrible problem both aesthetically and physically. It’s itchy, persistent, and unsightly at times. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial agents that not only give your scalp a soothing, cooling sensation, it also smells amazing and eliminates the bacteria and fungus that is causing your dandruff.

Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into your shampoo and massage into your scalp. Rinse thoroughly and condition and style as normal. Repeat once a week.

 3. Nail Fungus

You may not know you have nail fungus, but it’s actually a fairly common health condition. Recent studies showed that tea tree oil can fight stubborn toenail infections with the same power as prescriptions drugs and ointments.

Apply tea tree oil directly to the affected nail daily.  This process can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months, so be patient!

 4. Athlete’s Foot

Tea tree oil as a topical ointment can help eliminate the fungus and bacteria that causes athlete’s foot. Tea tree oil is anti-fungal and antimicrobial, and it is also extremely soothing for the itchiness, dryness, and peeling that often accompanies athlete’s foot. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a moisturizing oil of your choice (coconut oil, for example), and apply to the affected areas daily.

Important Note On the Use of Essential Oils: 

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Essential oils are very highly concentrated and potent and it is important to always check the specific safety data provided. Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. For external use only. Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye, wash out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water.

Some oils may cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. It is recommended to perform a patch test before use. To patch test, place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.

We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils except while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner.

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