TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL BENEFITS FOR ACNE.
Tea tree oil comes from a species of tree malaleuca alternifolia which is native to Australia specifically the southeast of Australia in queens land and the north east of Australia New South Wales. It is also known as malaleca oil. Tea tree oil was used in the ancient times to treat cuts, wounds and other skin ailments. The tree is small about 20 feet tall with a bushy crown and whitish papery bark. Its leaves have needle like leaves similar to those of the cypress tree.
The extraction of tea tree essential oil.
Tea tree is extracted from the leaves of the tree shrub by steam or water distillation.
Properties of the tea tree essential oil.
Tea tree essential oil has a colorless to pale yellow color. It has a warm, fresh, camphor and spicy scent to it.
Tea tree can be used in the following ways:
- Aromatically- diffuse the tea tree oil in your home using a diffuser or you can just sniff it directly from the bottle.
- Topically- the oil can be applied to the skin.
Tea tree oil for acne.
The properties that tea tree has properties that makes it able to fight acne and other blemishes on our skin. They make tea tree oil one of the best essential oils for acne prone skin.
Tea tree oil has the ability to cool down irritated skin and soothing the acne hence providing relief. The cause of irritation to the skin is that the skin is inflamed with lots of bacteria and sebum.
Acne prone skin has clogged pores that are filled with bacteria that feed on the sebum in the pores leading to a breading place of more and more bacteria. This leads to inflamed swollen pores causing the acne. Tea tree oil fights the bacteria in the pores making it hard for acne to form.
Acne prone skin is prone to more infections due to the bacteria in the pores. Tea tree essential oil has antiseptic properties to inhibit from other infections by destroying the bacteria causing acne.
Tea tree oil not only clears acne but also heals the problematic area and the acne scars.
Benefits of tea tree oil.
Apart from clearing acne, tea tree essential oil has got other benefits to our skin and our overall health. They are;
Health- relieves athletic foot, reduces cold sores, it zaps boils, relieves congestion and respiratory tract infections, eliminates toe fungus, helps treat scabies, fight bad breath, treats chicken pox, treats yeast infections, it fights bacterial and viral infections and they can also prevent antibiotic resistance.
Skin- soothes skin irritations, softens cuticles, relieves psoriasis and eczema, and heals wounds, cuts, ringworms and other skin infections. It also helps to restore healthy skin.
Hair- tea tree oil is a natural remedy for lice, soothes dry flaky scalp, remedy for dandruff.
How to use tea tree oil for acne.
There are a number of ways in which you can use this essential oil for your acne prone skin.
As a spot treatment.
This is usually done by using tea tree oil either in its diluted or undiluted form. It is applied directly on the spot with the acne and massaged in. if used undiluted a tiny amount is usually recommended to prevent from irritation. Tea tree oil is usually diluted with a carrier oil like jojoba, coconut, olive oil etc.
As a cleanser.
Tea tree essential oil can be used in this way by mixing it with your favorite cleanser. You can also make your own natural cleanser by using the tea tree oil and honey which also has properties to fight acne.
As a face mask.
You will need 1tbsp of bentonite clay, 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil and 2tbsp of rose water to make the paste. On a clean face, apply the mask evenly and wait for 10 to 15 minutes for it to harden then rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
As a toner.
You will need a good amount of aloe Vera gel to soothe the skin and also provide hydration and some drops of tea tree oil depending on the amount of aloe Vera gel. You can mix them in a dropper bottle and store it in a cool dry place for everyday use.
As your daily moisturizer.
You will need tea tree essential oil and a carrier oil of your choice like olive oil, argan oil or jojoba oil.
It is highly recommended to first test if tea tree oil reacts with on your skin. Everyone has different skin types and the oil reacts differently from person to person. Test the oil on the inside of your elbow. You can also test the oil just beneath your ear to see if you will have any reactions. Leave the oil for 24 hours for maximum testing. If reaction occurs, use a carrier oil to relieve the irritation.
Safety precautions on using tea tree essential oil.
- Use tea tree essential oil in diluted form to prevent irritation.
- Remember to do a patch test on your skin before using the tea tree essential oil even in diluted form to know how your skin reacts to it.
- Never use tea tree essential oil on broken skin.
- Wash your hands well after handling the oil to prevent itchiness in case you rub your eyes.
- Tea tree essential oil is not for internal use because it is considered poisonous. If used to fight bad breath, one should spit out the oil and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Always look for 100% pure essential oils from a reputable vendor. Check the label on the bottle to find out if the scientific name is correct. Keep your essential oil stored in a cool, dark and dry place preferably in a glass container.
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By Eila Oketch.