Tea tree oil, commonly known as melaleuca, is touted for its potent antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds and minor injuries. It is obtained from Melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian native plant which has been long used across Australia for various purposes.
Tea tree oil uses are countless: diffusing it in the air to kill off mold, applying it to heal skin issues, making DIY cleaning products, etc. It is becoming all the rage and it is being used as an active ingredient in many cosmetic and household products, such as shampoos, skin and nail creams, laundry detergents, and much more.
Here are the top 10 ways to use this miraculous and highly versatile oil:
1. Clear up acne
According to WebMD, applying a 5 percent tea tree oil has been proven to be as effective as common acne treatments containing 5 percent benzoyl peroxide. Although it works more slowly, it is much less irritating to the skin. It is recommended to use it two times daily for 45 days to relieve the acne symptoms.
2. Heal scars
As explained by Organic Facts, tea tree oil has cicatrizant properties which help heal wounds quickly. In addition, it protects the wounds from infections and reduces scars and marks on the skin left from acne.
3. Stop smelly feet
As noted on Healthline, you can make DIY foot powder to clear up the stinky feet caused by bacteria. Mix equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch, add 10 drops of tea tree oil, and optional 10 drops of lavender oil. Apply the solution on the feet and the soles of the shoes to keep the stinky smell away.
4. Cure fungal nail infections
To treat fungal infections, use 100% tea tree oil. Apply the solution onto the affected area two times a day over the course of six months. It has been scientifically shown that this method really works and improves the nail`s appearance in about three months.