Yesterday I made a stop at one of my favourite places to find natural goodness. I picked up 2 products but today we will focus on Tea Tree Oil. Again, my health food store experience brought me to this “Medicine Cabinet in a bottle”. Personally, I believe that no beauty regimen it complete without this awesomeness.
This miracle oil is distilled from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant which is found in Australia. It is very potent and is never to be taken orally. Its antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are what I praise this little miracle for.
The ideal zit zapper. At the hint of a pimple, use a q-tip and dip in oil, never double dip. Touch affected area(s) with the oil and within a few hours, your pimple problem should be reduced, if not eliminated. This is due to the fact that tea tree oil removes bacteria (anti-bacterial) which may be encourage the growth of the pimple. Also, tea tree’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce any associated redness and swelling which causes the unsightliness of pimples. Seriously though it will dry it up. Don’t worry if the pimple has been there a few days. Wash your hands first and don’t be afraid to pop it (yes that’s what I said). Then directly apply oil to the area. You will be smiling by the next day.
IN GROWN HAIRS / RAZOR BURNS/ BUMPS
This is particularly one of the reasons why I love this product so much. I’m a girl that likes neatness (down there) and I shave my bikini area. As a result I was frequently affected with unsightly razor burns and ingrown hairs caused from shaving. Even before working in a health store, extensive research always led me to tea tree oil as the solution. This is also obviously due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Use a conditioner ( yes like what you use in your hair) to soften hairs prior to shaving. After a bath, or thoroughly cleaning the area, drop a small amount on a piece of cotton and wipe areas prone to razor burns or in grown hairs. If shaving was just done it might sting a little but not extensively. Apply up to 3 days after shaving, you may do everyday until you decide to shave again if you like, but trust me, once I started using this method… good bye ugly razor bumps 😀 Yes guys, you can use it too, for shaving of the face and neck area. 😉
DANDRUFF/ ITCHY OR DRY SCALP/ HAIR LOSS
Imagine that! The solution to all you annoying scalp problems in ONE bottle ;). In my hair products claiming to help with itchy scalp, they use tea tree oil on their label to catch consumers. Yes they put some amount in there, but along with petroleum products, which only coat the scalp encouraging bacterial growth, preventing the scalp from breathing and will only temporarily relieve and not cure the problem. The anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil, remove the causes of the dandruff and in turn relieves the itchiness. Most times hair loss is also as a result of some fungi feeding on the scalp and tea tree oil removes this as well. It may be added to a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, and applied directly to the scalp or a few drops may be added to shampoo immediately before use.
TOE NAIL FUNGUS
I know what it is to have an unsightly toe nail fungus and, with patience, continued use of the strongest grade tea tree oil available to you, the appearance of the fungus will be reduced. Remember its anti-fungal properties :p. Using a dropper or a q-tip, apply tea tree oil to the toe nail 3 times a day until improvement is seen.
There are so many more benefits of using tea tree oil, but the above are my absolute favourite and those I think my fellow friends and readers can relate to as day to day problems.
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