Organic Tea Tree and the health benefits

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Treemendus Organic Tea Tree Products now available online.

Reposted from www.healthline.com

Tea tree oil has been used as a traditional medicine  for centuries. The germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil a valued natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing.

 

There are many uses and benefits of this versatile oil.

1. Hand Sanitizer

Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural hand sanitizer. Using tree oil as a natural hand sanitizer may help kill a number of germs responsible for colds, flu and other illness.

Tea tree oil may help keep pesky insects away. In some cases, it is as effective or more effective than standard insecticides or repellents.

3. Natural Deodorant

Tea tree oil contains compounds that fight bacteria responsible for body odor. It can be used to make a safe and effective deodorant.

Tea tree oil’s antibacterial effects may help control underarm odor related to perspiration. Sweat itself does not smell. However, when secretions from your sweat glands combine with bacteria on your skin, a moderate to strong odor is produced. Check out our Salt Deo Stones for the same use.

Your underarm area contains a large concentration of these glands and is mainly responsible for what is commonly referred to as “body odor.” Tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting properties make it an ideal natural alternative to commercial deodorants and antiperspirants.

4. Antiseptic for Minor Cuts and Scrapes

Injuries that result in broken skin make it easy for germs to enter your bloodstream, which can lead to infection.

To disinfect a cut or scrape, follow these steps:

  1. Clean the cut thoroughly with plain soap and water
  2. Mix one drop of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil
  3. Apply a small amount of the mixture to the injury and cover with a bandage
  4. Repeat this process once or twice daily until a scab has formed

In addition to preventing infection in cuts and abrasions, tea tree oil may also encourage wound healing.

Research has shown that tea tree oil helps reduce inflammation and triggers the activity of white blood cells that are instrumental in the healing process

A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to wound dressing each time a new dressing is applied.

6. Fight Acne

Tea tree oil can be a powerful weapon against acne 

You can make your own acne treatment by mixing one part tea tree oil with nine parts water and applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed.

7. Get Rid of Nail Fungus

Fungal nail infections are quite common. Although they aren’t dangerous, they can be unsightly. There are medications that can treat nail fungus, though some people may prefer a more natural approach.

You can use a few drops of tea tree oil alone or mix it with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply it to the affected area. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after applying in order to avoid spreading the fungus to other areas.

8. Chemical-Free Mouthwash

Like other mouthwashes, tea tree oil should not be swallowed. It can be toxic if ingested.

Tea tree oil can be diluted with water to create a mouthwash that helps fight bad breath and dental plaque.To make your own chemical-free mouthwash, simply add a drop of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water, mix thoroughly and swish in your mouth for 30 seconds or so.

 

9. All-Purpose Cleaner

Tea tree oil makes a great all-purpose cleaner that also sanitizes surfaces.

Plus, it does so without leaving traces of chemicals you wouldn’t want your family members or pets coming in contact with.

Here’s an easy recipe for an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner:

  1. Combine 20 drops of tea tree oil, 3/4 cup of water and a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Spray directly onto surfaces and wipe clean with a dry cloth.
  4. Make sure to shake the bottle before each use in order to mix the tea tree oil with the other ingredients.

10. Soothe Skin Inflammation

Tea tree oil may help relieve inflamed skin.

A common form of skin irritation is contact dermatitis, which occurs when skin comes in contact with an allergen, such as nickel. Exposure to the allergen leads to red, itchy and sometimes painful skin.

In addition, tea tree oil may provide relief from bug bite reactions by reducing the itching, redness and swelling that occurs when your body releases histamine to defend against the insect’s saliva 

Use this recipe to relieve inflamed skin:

  1. Combine 10 drops of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and one tablespoon of melted coconut oil.
  2. Mix well, and store in a sealed container.
  3. Apply to the affected area up to twice a day until symptoms resolve.
11. Control Dandruff

Dandruff, or white flakes of dead skin that fall from the scalp, isn’t dangerous.

However, it can be annoying and embarrassing.

Although there is little published research on tea tree oil’s effectiveness in treating dandruff, one controlled study suggests that it may be helpful.

11. Relieve Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition characterized by outbreaks of red, itchy, scaly skin.

Although there are medications that can improve symptoms, the condition itself is chronic and there is no known cure.

To provide relief for psoriasis flares, combine 10–15 drops of tea tree oil with two tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Apply this to the affected area 2–3 times per day, as needed.

 

Information adapted from article from healthline .com

 


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