When I first took a whiff of Tea Tree oil, I was so confused. It had this really awkward bug repellent scent, (which later I found out works for bugs!) and was just really turned off by it. However, after trying it for some of my beauty routines (and now on my third bottle), I realized I needed to get tough and deal with the scent since its truly a miracle worker against acne, pimples and bacteria.
Despite Tea Tree Oil not being the ideal oil for perfumes or aromatherapy, it definitely has many uses especially for your first aid kit. Here’s why:
- Antibacterial & Anit-Microbial: Kills bacteria & microbes that may be lingering on surfaces such as bathroom sinks, counter tops, etc. Also kills bacteria on the skin such as acne and pimples.
- Kills Fungus: Lately I’ve noticed a lot of girls dealing with nail fungus, especially with the advent of acrylic nails and gel polishes where the nail bed is not able to breathe & harbors bacteria which leads to fungus. Like athletes foot, nail fungus is a common issue among men that can be treated with Tea Tree Oil.
- Anit-Viral: Many Viral infections (like the flu,warts, herpes) can spread rather quickly from person to person. Tea Tree oil is potent in preventing viruses from spreading.
- Insecticide: Remember when I mentioned that my first impression of Tea Tree oil was of bug repellent? Well Tea Tree oil gets rid of pesky critters such as bugs & insects. A great oil to use when hiking or outdoors.
- Antiseptic: Prevents bacteria & infections especially open wounds, cuts and sores.
How to incorporate Tea Tree Oil to your Beauty Routines
- Hair: Treats Dandruff and dry itchy scalp & head lice. Make a scalp oil using base oils like Coconut oil or Almond oil ( to prevent dryness or irritation) & massage your scalp with the mix. You can also add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to your shampoo to give it that extra cleansing and refreshing feeling to your scalp.
- Acne: Tea Tree oil based cleansers are ideal for those with oily and acne prone skin. I use the oil as an on the spot treatment.
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- Skin: Cold Sores, Vaginal Infections, Psoriasis & Eczema among many other fungus and bacteria based ailments.
- Makeup Brushes: I use Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Oil based soap to clean all of my brushes. I add about a drop of the concentrated oil to the small bottle mixture I have. Makes sure all bacteria that may be lingering on the brushes are killed.