Yes...kinda random tea tree oil? what the what??
I love this stuff!! yes it smells kinda weird but in a good aromatic way, kinda refreshing on the nostrils. but weird smell or no it is a essential oil extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca aternifolia tree greatly found in Australia. It has been used for many centuries for the treatment of cuts, abrasions, burns, insect bites, infections and similar conditions in between.
The many uses of tea tree oil.
Tea tree essential oil is considered to be both a natural antiseptic, meaning able to destroy bacteria capable of causing infections, and antimicrobial, may destroy or prevent growth of microbes which are tiny living things including bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. It is used in various ways in the treatment of many conditions. The most common being prevention or treatment of acne, fungal infections such as athlete's foot, yeast infections and a wide variety of skin conditions.
Tea tree oil works against bacteria and microbes in a similar way to disinfectants. It disrupts the cell membranes of the destructive microorganisms and disables the proteins within them so they cannot multiply and cause health problems. The main constituents in tea tree oil are chemical compounds called Terpinen-4-ol, Alpha-terpineol and Linaool.
Where can tea tree oil be used??
the ten common uses of tea tree oil are
1.) Acne Apply tea tree oil to affected area as needed. add a few drops to your face cleanser to prevent build up of bacteria that causes acne.
2.) Athlete's foot Apply 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to the affected area on the feet. soak in solutions of 5-10 drops in a bath of warm water.
3.) colds Add approximately 10 drops of tea tree oil in a vaporizer to help clear chest and nasal congestion.
4.) cold sores Apply tea tree oil directly to the sore two times a day.
5.) head lice Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to 1oz of shampoo. massage into wet hair, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse, repeat daily until lice and eggs are gone.
6.) insect bites Apply a drop or two of tea tree oil on an affected area, for cleansing make a solution of 10 drops of tea tree oil in 1/4 cup of warm water and wash affected area with a clean cotton ball or pad.
7.) Dermatits/eczema Apply a small amount to affected area if no irritation occurs repeat on other areas. for cleansing make a solution of 10 drops of oil in 1/4 cup of warm water and wash affected area.
8.) Ear infections Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil in 1/4 cup of warm olive oil. drop a small amount into the ear, tilting the head to one side, using a small cotton ball swab gently to absorb the oil. repeat as needed.
9.) Cuts and wounds Add 10 drops of tea tree oil to cup of warm water to use as an antiseptic wash.
10.) Dandruff Add 20 drops of tea tree oil into your shampoo and mix, or use three drops mixed with your shampoo in your hand to wash your hair.
Tea tree oil in my opinion is great to have around the house for any of the above and more!! when buying and using tea tree oil look for 100% pure to get the best results and the purest oil possible. To read up more about tea tree oil and more if its uses check out various health stores or of course the interweb ;)