Here at Pure Soap, we love tea tree essential oil!
Made from the leaves of the native Australian plant, Melaleuca Alternifolia, we use tea tree oil in our Natural Organic Tea Tree Foaming Hand Soap, Winter is Coming bar soap, and Activated Charcoal & Tea Tree bar soap, but did you know that it also has a whole host of health and beauty uses?
Read on to find out five ways that this naturally yellowish essential oil packs a healthy punch.
It’s a natural household cleaner
If anyone in your home has sensitive skin or suffers from skin problems such as eczema, the use of harsh detergents and cleaning products can lead to irritated, red and itchy complexions.
Most common household cleaners contain strong chemicals which can upset the skin’s own balance but, tea tree essential oil is all natural and all-powerful.
The oil is imbued with antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities, which make it a great natural cleaning product, replacing the chemical alternatives, like in our All Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner.
The liquid can then be used to banish bacteria throughout the home, including in the kitchen and bathroom. Use it to clean dirty tubs, faucets, sinks, showers or even kitchen counter tops.
It can be used on bug bites, cuts and grazes
Natural tea tree oil has antiseptic properties as well as its antibacterial and antimicrobial features.
This means that it can be used to treat common insect bites and stings as well as cuts and grazes.
The antiseptic properties help to clean the wound and prevent infection and can speed up the skin’s healing process after sustaining a cut, bite or wound.
It’s well worth keeping on hand, not just in the house but also in your car – especially if you love to get off the beaten track in the summer, have a cabin or enjoy outdoor pursuits such as gardening, horse riding and walking the dogs.
It’s great for fighting blemishes and keeping acne under control
Anyone who has suffered with problem skin knows the irritation and discomfort that comes with blemishes and acne.
If you or a family member is battling acne, you can use tea tree essential oil as an effective natural remedy to help keep it at bay.
To use, simply mix a few drops of the essential oil with a little water to slightly dilute it.
Dab the solution directly onto pimples and blemishes and wait for the antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties to work their magic.
Even if you don’t have acne, tea tree oil is a great way to keep occasional breakouts under control.
Skin can also be kept clean and healthy with the addition of tea tree into your morning or evening routine.
Use our foaming organic tea tree oil soap and natural sugar scrub with tea tree essential oil in the bath or shower to gently cleanse skin and banish impurities.
It makes a wonderfully uplifting aromatherapy oil
Tea tree is a fantastic choice of aromatherapy oil and is often used in salons and spas thanks to its refreshing scent.
Tea tree essential oil is known to stimulate the immune system and blood circulation, making it an uplifting and invigorating addition. Its many wonderful health properties mean the oil also helps to stave off some infections.
Tea tree essential oil can reduce inflammation
Tea tree oil has long been used in cosmetic and beauty products thanks to its skin-loving qualities.
One of the ways that tea tree essential oil can help contribute to the health of your skin is by reducing inflammation.
If you suffer from a condition such as psoriasis or eczema, tea tree oil can be used to help reduce the itchy, uncomfortable irritation and swelling.
We often recommend our bar soaps and foaming soaps that contain tea tree for those with particularly sensitive skin and eczema sufferers because of its soothing, anti-inflammation properties.
Many of our clients report an improvement in the condition of their skin – where store-bought soaps and cosmetics contain chemicals and artificial ingredients and fragrances, our tea tree soap (like all of our organic soaps) are entirely natural, which can sooth skin and reduce inflammation.
What’s your favorite way to use tea tree oil in your home? Let us know in the comments!