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What does tea tree oil do for our skin and even our lifestyle?

by Sharron Livingston
Tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil is a plant extract that is a powerful, natural antibacterial, which inhibits a broad spectrum of bacteria to cleanse and protect skin abrasions and blemishes.

It contains no less than 36% of the active ingredient terpinen-4-ol, a proven germicide. It’s also low in para-cymene content to minimise skin irritation, and does not sting – making it comfortable to use.

This medicine kit in a bottle is must-have in any bathroom cabinet, first aid kit or travel bag. And here are 17 reasons why:

1. Spots and blemishes

Tea Tree oil is a natural antibacterial that can improve the appearance of skin blemishes. Apply using a non-plastic cotton bud directly to the affected area.

2. Mouth ulcers

Apply directly to the sore using a cotton bud to help ease the pain and heal the area.

3. Insect bites

Tea tree oil can act as a repellent and an antibacterial agent as well as ease the discomfort of the sting and itch of insect bites.

Either apply a tiny amount with a cotton bud directly to the skin or for more sensitive skin, add a few drops to a carrier oil, such as coconut oil and then apply.

4. Fungal nail infections

It can be used to treat a fungal nail infection by applying it directly to the toe. It is absorbed very quickly and will penetrate toenails, but several months of application may be required.

5. Sore muscles

The anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe sore muscles. Add 10 drops, along with a large handful of epsom salts, to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes.

6. Dandruff and itchy scalp

Add to your regular shampoo and to really make the most of the soothing benefits, leave for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. It works by removing chemicals and dead skin cells from the scalp. 

7. Tooth ache

Directly apply 2-3 drops of tea tree oil onto the gums surrounding the infected tooth twice each day until pain subsides

8. Disinfect brushes and combs

Add 25 drops of tea tree oil to a sink of hot water to soak hair brushes and combs to clean and disinfect them.

9. Household cleaning

Fill a spray bottle with 15-20 drops of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water to disinfect and leave a fresh aroma.

10. Toothbrush

Keep your toothbrushes bacteria-free by treating with tea tree oil. Add 10 drops to 1 glass of water, and submerge your toothbrushes overnight. Ideally do this once a week.

11. Mouthwash

Put two to three drops of the oil in a cup of warm water can be a very effective mouth rinse to ease a sore mouth, oral thrush or gum disease.

12. Airborne disinfectant

Use in a diffuser to help eliminate mould, mildew, bacteria and viruses in your home.

13. Washing machines

Harness the cleaning and disinfecting power of tea tree oil to help clean your washing machine. Add 10-15 drops to your empty washing machine, and then run it on its hottest cycle. This will help kill bacteria and eliminate odour.

14. Sunburn

Add a few drops to coconut oil or aloe vera gel to soothe and calm sunburn. Dr. Wendy Denning says, “Plus, it reduces blistering and peeling!”

15. Head lice

Take care of pesky lice naturally by mixing up your own lice shampoo. Add 15 drops to one cup of your favorite shampoo. Massage into the scalp and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes before rinsing.  

16. Cold sores

Dab tea tree oil directly to the affected area and coat well. May be mixed with coconut oil and applied multiple times per day.

17. Acne

Tea Tree Oil can help ease acne

You can treat spots on the back, chest, body by taking a bath with a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and soak for up to ten minutes.

It’s thought to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. It may even help to prevent and reduce acne scars.


Try Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree brand is Australia’s original tea tree oil. The plantation was the first to emerge in the world nearly 40 years ago, pioneering quality standards to create the most effective 100% tea tree oil that is traceable from tree to bottle.

Distilled from specially selected Melaleuca alternifolia leaves, a plant native to coastal regions of northern South Wales and south eastern Queensland, Australia, this 100% pure and naturally sourced antibacterial liquid is your multi-tasking must have in a bottle!

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil 100% Pure is available from Boots £11.00 for 25ml bottle

Note: Be careful when using tea tree oil around the eye area. Exposure can cause redness and irritation. Before you use tea tree oil, do a patch test to make sure your skin doesn’t react to the tea tree oil.


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