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We’ve had some reader questions about this, so today we are discussing the uniqueness behind tea tree oil benefits. Of all the essential oils, this one has such a unique chemistry, making it fantastic for multiple things for body AND home.
On Chemistry Cachet, you’ll notice I am not a huge essential oil fan. I use a few occasionally or incorporate them for scent, but I don’t use them for everything. Many of our readers like the cheapest options available, and essentials oils can get pricey.
All the oils I share with you are affordable and have science to back up why the work so well.
Tea tree oil is one of those essential oils you need around the home.
And it isn’t expensive. You can buy this bottle for less than $10 and it lasts forever!
So, why is tea tree oil so awesome?
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First, tea tree oil has nothing to do with the tea plant. You can learn more about tea plants in this post.
Tea tree oil comes from the Tea Tree, scientifically known as Melaleuca alternifolia. This is a plant native to Australia.
Chemically, tea tree oil is composed of hydrocarbons and their associated alcohols. For an in-depth analysis of the chemicals, check out this table from the US National Library of Medicine.
With all these unique chemicals, what exactly does this mean for tea tree oils activity?
Tea tree oil has high anti-microbial activity.
For centuries, the leaves were crushed up and used to treat coughs or wounds.
The essential oil is also known to contain anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral benefits. Scientists have spent years testing out the properties of this oil to prove how effective it is in these areas.
This is why tea tree oil is the only thing I use to treat blemishes or acne. Read more about that from this post on the best, cheapest skincare products.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
First, remember that tea tree oil should always be used topically.
For how to use tea tree oil on acne, visit this post.
You can dilute it with some grapeseed oil and dab onto the fungal area, or add some to your fungal product to enhance the benefits.
Add tea tree oil to your athletes foot product to make it work faster and more effective. You can also dilute about 20 drops with 1 cup of water and wipe feet with it.
Treat ringworm the same as the others above.
You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to shampoo.
Any other type of skin infection
You can use tea tree oil. Dilute it by adding to a product you are using like lotion, ointment, cream, etc. It will enhance the effects.
Or dab some on a cotton ball and gently apply to the area. Be careful using it concentrated, you will only want to use a very small amount!
For blemishes, I always dab some on a q-tip and apply to the area.
You can use tea tree oil around the home too!
Add some drops to your favorite homemade cleaner from the eBook. Or add it to your favorite cleaner for enhanced cleaning benefits. Since it is so high in anti-microbial benefits, it makes a great addition to your kitchen and bathroom cleaners!
There is something else I always use it for, post coming on that soon with a tutorial so stay-tuned!
What Type to Buy
Don’t get caught up in organic, expensive, etc.
Tea tree oil is made with steam distillation, so the most important thing to keep in mind is avoiding chemically extracted oils. Most oils are either steam distilled or cold-pressed. These are two terms meaning your product wasn’t chemically extracted.
The best brand that is cheap is this one. It’s the only one I use plus it works better than some expensive brands. Now products are also non-gmo, so you know are you are getting a pure substance.
Now you can make sure to keep this in your home for a variety of benefits!
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