8 Healing Uses for Tea Tree Oil

From Walgreens, CVS and Walmart to Vitamin Shoppe or Amazon, tea tree oil is very easy to find, and well worth the purchase because of its many uses. It’s a natural antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial, and can be used to clean a yoga mat, heal cuts and burns and help with dry scalp.

Here are five of the ways you can use tea tree oil for healing:

Acne – Apply it directly on acne blemishes as an alternative to benzoyl peroxide.

Athlete’s Foot – Adding 20 drops to a small tub of water to soak the feet can offer antifungal effects.

Cuts and Burns – As a natural antiseptic, it can be used to treat small cuts, razor burns and even sunburn. It is recommended to dilute with water for less potency.

Dandruff or Dry Scalp – Mix a few drops of the oil with your shampoo – about 10 drops for 8 ounces of shampoo.

Laryngitis – Add three to four drops of tea tree oil to one cup of warm water and then gargle with the solution twice daily without swallowing.

Lice (Prevent or Treat) – As with dandruff or dry scalp, tea tree oil can be added to your shampoo to treat and prevent lice.

Respiratory Ailments – Whether it’s a sore throat, sinus congestion or chest infection, inhaling the vapors of tea tree oil can help. Simply boil water, add two to three drops of tea tree oil, remove from the heat, and inhale steam with a towel over your head.

Toothache – It can temporarily relive a toothache while waiting for a dentist appointment by applying it directly to the tooth with a cotton swab.

Essential Oils May Help Heal Acne

Do you suffer from acne, but don’t want to use prescription or over the counter medications that may cause side effects or use harmful ingredients? Essential oils may provide some help, according to Dr. Patrick B. Massey, medical director for complementary and alternative medicine for the Alexian Brothers Health System, who recently wrote an article on the topic at DailyHerald.com.

There are a number of medical studies exploring the use of essential oils on skin conditions, especially acne, and while prescription and some over the counter medications are effective, they often have side effects and may contain preservatives, stabilizers and other synthetic compounds that may not be safe for long-term use, Massey explained.

Essential oils, on the other hand, are derived from plants and many have well-documented medicinal properties. In a 2012 study published in the medical journal Alternative Medicine Review, a double-blind placebo-controlled study showed the essential oil copaiba (South American tree) was significantly better than a placebo in reducing acne, Massey stated.

Another 2012 medical study showed essential oils from orange and sweet basil were also very effective, demonstrating “the inhibition of bacterial growth.” And tea tree oil has also been studied for acne, showing “a significant antibacterial activity especially for the acne-causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes,” Massey noted.

For more on Massey, visit his Web site, www.alt-med.org.