Tea tree oil has become one of the most common essential oils over the past 100 years. Commonly known as Melaleuca, from the native Australian plant Melaleuca Alternifolia, it is a powerful antiseptic. It is most widely used for treating skin issues such as rashes and burns, but it actually has many more uses you may not be aware of including treating viral infections.
Lab tests have proved that tea tree oil can inhibit the growth of bacteria like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Escherichia coli, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. These bacteria are responsible for pneumonia, UTI, respiratory illness, strep throat, sinus infections and more (study)
Tea tree oil makes a great natural hand sanitizer due to it’s anti bacterial properties.
Studies have found that it can kill several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae (Trusted Source).
Additionally, a study found that adding tea tree oil to the cleansers magnified their effectiveness against E. coli (Trusted Source).
Tea Tree Oil Cures Candida, Acne, UTI and more
Another study conducted by the Department of Dermatology at Camperdown, New South Wales, discovered that when comparing the effectiveness of tea tree oil to benzoyl peroxide, a common acne medication, the researchers found tea tree oil to be more effective.
Deodorize your body: Due to the strong anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil, it is affective at killing those unwanted substances that cause body odor. Try adding a few drops to a pale of warm water and soak your feet in it to remove feet fungus and odors. You can also simple apply a few drops to a warm, wet wash cloth and wipe away the smell from your whole body.
Treat acne: yes tea tree oil is very affective at treating acne. Most acne is caused from bacteria growing inside pores. One study even said it as affective as benzoyl peroxide, but lacks the side affects associated with it such as very dry skin, peeling and flaking. Try adding a few drops to a tablespoon of honey and apply as you would any other mask or face wash…. Allow to rest on your face for a couple minutes and wash away with warm water. The tea tree oil will help kill and remove any unwanted bacteria in your pores.
Clean with tea tree oil: The antimicrobial and anti-bacterial properties in tea tree oil will help disinfect your household without the use of harsh chemicals full of cancer causing ingredients. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil, lemon essential oil, white vinegar and water for an effective household cleaner for your kitchen, bathroom, appliances, etc.
Kill mold: mold can grow almost anywhere in a household. Those hard to reach, and often forgotten, places often are left to be breeding grounds for molds. Try reaching these places by diffusing tea tree oil in your home. You can also spray a mixture of tea tree oil onto commonly moldy places and things like shower curtains, laundry machines, dishwashers and bathrooms. Also, try spraying this onto your air conditioner cooling coils, as mold often grows here and is spread throughout the house and inhaled when the air conditioner blows these mold spores into your home.
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