7 Ways Tea Tree Oil Can Improve Your Skin and Hair Problems

Find out how this healing essential oil can help your skin and hair conditions.

7 Ways Tea Tree Oil Can Improve Your Skin and Hair Problems

Often found in soap, face wash, toothpaste, and shampoo, tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from the leaves of Australia’s tea tree plant. The oil has long been used as a natural antiseptic and is known for its antimicrobial, healing, and aromatherapy properties. When buying tea tree oil, look for 100 percent tea tree oil varieties that contain the lowest amount of eucalyptol or 1,8-cineole (the chemical that gives off a camphor-like scent), which can cause contact dermatitis or inflamed, itchy, and red skin. Never, ever ingest tea tree oil — it’s poisonous when consumed, and should be kept out of children’s reach. Do a patch test before using products with tea tree oil to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction.

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Relieve Athlete’s Foot

See if you can ease the itching, burning, and stinging symptoms of this common fungal infection by trying pure tea tree oil. After cleansing affected skin, lightly apply a thin coat of 25 to 50 percent tea tree oil solution twice a day for up to four weeks or until the infection clears up. Dry your feet completely before putting on socks. If this doesn’t do the trick, see your doctor for a prescription.

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