Find out how this healing essential oil can help your skin and hair conditions.
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.
Fight Nail Fungus
If you have a fungal infection that develops under your fingernails or toenails, tea tree oil might help to improve the appearance of your nails. Use a small nail brush to apply pure oil onto affected nails twice a day for a six-month period. As new nail growth occurs, your doctor can clip off the older areas of the nail that are affected by fungus. If the nail fungus doesn’t go away, talk to your doctor about other treatment options.
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