What is tea tree oil?
Also known as
Melaleuca oil, tea tree oil originated in in Australia and is now used throughout
most of Europe and the Americas. The oil is derived from the leaves of a shrub.
Used mainly as an antiseptic, the acne and fungal fighting benefits are what
make tea tree oil so popular.
Vitarock’s top 7 uses for tea tree oil
1. Lice & dandruff prevention: Just add 3-4 drops to your daily shampoo & conditioner to help prevent lice & dandruff, and to get that tingling, cooling sensation only tea tree oil can deliver. Looking for an easy solution? Try Hugo Naturals Balancing Tea Tree & Lavender Shampoo & Conditioner.
2. Stinky sneakers be gone! Banish those shoe odors with this easy tea tree fix: In a container, combine ½ box of baking soda with 4-5 drops of tea tree oil and shake. Sprinkle some in your shoes to ward off odors. The antimicrobial action of the oil wipes out the bacteria that cause the smell.
3. Refresh your yoga mat: Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe, and attach a spray nozzle. For a super-strength spray, add 1 tsp. of colloidal silver to the mix. Don’t overdo it on the tea tree oil, as it could dry out your mat.
4. A better hand sanitizer: Instead of those toxic sprays that dry out your hands, use the above yoga mat spray instead. Witch hazel, aloe and tea tree oil combine to soothe hands as they protect against germs. That’s safe, natural living on the go!
5. Fight pimples: That’s right, tea tree oil works on acne. If you want naturally glowing skin, it makes sense to use natural products. Research has shown that tea tree oil is equivalent to the popular pharmaceutical Benzoyl Peroxide in treating mild to moderate acne, although it might take a wee bit longer to kick in. But with the reports that using tea tree oil results in fewer side effects, we think it’s worth the wait. We love the MyChelle line of skin care products, particularly MyChelle Clear Skin Serum. They’ll work wonders on your face.
6. Treat and prevent fungus: You can effectively treat Athlete’s Foot (Tinea Pedis) and Ringworm with tea tree, as long as you must are persistent and use it twice a day for 6 months – according to a 2012 review by NIH. Tinea Versicolour also responds well to tea tree treatment. For a daily dose of fungus prevention, use Tea Tree Soap or Tea Tree Body Wash.
7. DIY deodorant: In a small jar of coconut oil, add 5-6 drops of tea tree oil. Mix well and spread a small dab on each armpit. Tea tree & coconut oil pack a double whammy of anti-microbial action for twice the defense against body odour. Best of all, you’re keeping it clean with this organic skin care formula.
Stock up on some tea tree oil products this fall. Your skin (and your shoes) will thank you.
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Tea Tree & Silver: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23581401Tea Tree & Tinea Pedis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1303075, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17908343