The tea tree is native to Australia, and the tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, is extracted with the help of steam distillation of its leaves and twigs.
This oil is packed with numerous healing compounds, and it offers a number of health benefits. Some of them are:
- Eczema and psoriasis
Melaleuca contains anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe psoriasis and eczema. To prepare a natural lotion that can treat these conditions, you need to mix one teaspoon of coconut oil, five drops of lavender oil and five drops of tea tree oil.
- Cuts and infections
It contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can treat cuts and infections. You just need to apply a couple of drops on your cuts and then cover them with a bandage, in order to accelerate the healing process and prevent the infection.
The potent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties can soothe inflammation and can destroy the bacteria that are responsible for the creation of acne. Just mix five drops of this oil with two tablespoons of raw honey. Then apply this mixture to your face.
Gently rub it and then leave it to act for 60 seconds and then wash it off with lukewarm water. This will help you treat acne and prevent them from appearing again.
- Oral health
Melaleuca will destroy the bacteria in the oral cavity and it will treat inflammation, which means that it can reduce gum bleeding and tooth decay. Combine it with coconut oil and some baking soda, and you will get an effective toothpaste.
- Toenail fungus
Because it contains anti-fungal properties, melaleuca can effectively treat fungus. You need to apply it to the area that is affected, in cases of athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, or you can mix it with oregano oil, in case you have an infection that is more stubborn.
Because this oil contains antimicrobial properties that are quite powerful, it can be used as a cleaning product. You can mix it with lemon essential oil, vinegar, and water, and then use this mixture to clean your shower, countertops, sinks and kitchen appliances.
- Hair and scalp
This oil will moisturize the skin on your scalp and effectively treat dandruff. In order to prepare this all-natural, homemade shampoo, you need to add a couple of drops of tea tree essential oil to some coconut oil, lavender oil, and Aloe Vera gel.
Melaleuca contains antimicrobial properties that can destroy the bacteria that is responsible for the bad body odor. This means that you can mix it with coconut oil and baking soda to create your homemade deodorant.
You can diffuse tea tree oil around your home, in order to cleanse the air of bacteria and mold. What is more, you can prevent the mold in your bathroom, by spraying tea tree essential oil onto your shower curtains and toilet.