There are many essential oils on the market today, but, one of the "must haves" is Tea Tree Oil. Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties. Tea tree oil comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, which is native to Australia.
Tea tree oil is light yellow in color and smells like camphor. It is a very strong smell that does linger for a while after applying it. I don't mind the smell, but people around you may take notice of it.
Tea tree oil is beneficial to aid in many skin conditions, such as dandruff, lice, acne, and athlete's foot. It is also great to put on wounds, cuts, and burns. This can be used after shaving and waxing.
Tea tree oil can be added to shampoo, body wash, hand soap, face wash, and toner. I add about 4-5 drops to my toner, that I keep in a 8 oz. container. I use witch hazel as my toner, which is in my previous blog.
If your skin is sensitive, it is best to dilute the tea tree oil before applying it to your skin. For example, you can fill a spray bottle with water and add a desired amount of tea tree oil to it. This will be handy for cuts, athlete's foot, lice, etc. You can also apply tea tree oil to a cotton ball and add water to it.
It is okay to use undiluted tea tree oil on the skin, just make sure it's not a large area you are applying it to. This is a great spot treatment for acne, just dip a clean q-tip inside the oil and dab it on the pimple. You can do this morning and night, if skin irritation occurs use only once a day.
It's very easy now to find a brand or products containing tea tree oil. I personally like to have my own 100% tea tree oil on hand, this way I control how much or little I use.
I have been using the De La Cruz Tea Tree Oil. This comes in a dark 2 oz. glass. I find this brand to be strong and effective. I purchased this at Target for under $10. I've also seen it at CVS and online.
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