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Acne, athlete’s foot and head lice … it’s a jungle out there. But there are powerful essential oil tools to conquer the wild in your neighborhood. Your first line of defense against the onslaught of the day is, of course, your skin. It’s an amazing organ that protects your body against infection, stress and environmental impacts. But this front-line defense needs your support too. Keep your skin healthy and resilient with powerful Tea Tree oil.
Many essential oils offer benefits for skincare (toning, anti-aging, moisturizing, reducing the appearance of blemishes), but no single oil has the versatility and power of organic Tea Tree essential oil. In one bottle, you can find the power to ease topical irritations, reduce the appearance of swelling, tackle skin blemishes, ease athlete’s foot, reduce the appearance of acne and drown head lice.
Tea Tree essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, found in Australia. It can be used in myriad powerful ways to keep your skin in healthy condition. It works well for all skin types but is remarkably potent. Tea Tree needs to be properly diluted before being applied to the skin or it may cause irritation. Tea Tree essential oil should never be swallowed. Try a few of these at-home applications for common skin complaints with this all-natural solution:
Tea Tree oil for Itchy Skin
Itchy skin can be caused by several sources—irritants, infections or inflammation. Tea Tree is a pure essential oil that can help with many of these sources for feelings of relief from inflamed or itchy skin. Blend a few drops of tea tree oil into a moisturizer or carrier oil and apply it to your skin a few times per day to ease feelings of itching and irritation, especially on the feet or scalp.
Tea Tree oil for Infections and Cuts
The antibacterial properties of Tea Tree essential oil make it a good way to promote skincare and healing for minor scratches, wounds and cuts. Keep the injured area clean and covered. Blend a drop of Tea Tree oil into a teaspoon of wound ointment cream and apply as directed throughout the day.
Tea Tree oil for Acne
Tea tree oil is popular for treating facial blemishes, calming the appearance of redness, swelling and inflammation on the face. Essential oils include constituents that may help to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Dilute three drops of tea tree oil into two ounces of witch hazel and use it as a toner several times per day. You may want to try using a face wash, moisturizer, or spot treatment with added Tea Tree essential oil to augment the aromatherapy effect.
Whether you consider yourself an uber-low maintenance person, or if you tend to dive diva-deep into your skin care routine, paying attention to your skin protects it from the harsh effects of environmental stress and health problems, and keeps you looking and feeling your best. Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition that is sometimes accompanied by scaling, itching or cracking. If left untreated, dry skin can get worse—so taking steps to address the problem sooner than later helps you to feel comfortable and reduces the risk of ongoing problems.
Dryness of the skin occurs for a variety of reasons—you might have naturally dry skin, or have occasional contact dermatitis (which is when your skin reacts to something it touches). Older skin tends to be more dry and cold weather can exacerbate an irritation. No matter the cause, the key to resilient skin is understanding what kind of support your particular skin type needs to overcome the problem.
It’s important to use a gentle cleanser to keep your body and face free from dirt and bacteria. Use one that works for your skin type – not just whatever bar or body wash you happen to have in the cupboard. For dry skin, choose a mild liquid soap, one without alcohol or added chemical fragrance. Add a drop or two of organic Lavender essential oil to tone and repair the effects of daily environmental exposure. For mixed skin types, or a complexion that is only occasionally dry, add a drop of geranium essential oil. Wash your face gently, taking care not to scrub too hard to avoid irritation and stress. Don’t use hot water to rinse – just warm. If your splash is too hot, it removes the natural oils your skin needs to stay comfortable.
A good quality moisturizing lotion should be used every time you wash. Similar to cleansers, it’s important to fine-tune the moisturizer to your skin type. Oily skin can benefit from a natural, common carrier oil, such as rosehip, to dilute essential oils like frankincense and add benefits for long-term skin health. Skin that borders on dry could benefit from a lighter lotion base with a few drops of certified organic tea tree and lavender essential oils (or both). Moisturizing prevents your skin from drying out and leaves it hydrated and smooth. Your lotion will work best if you apply it to skin that is slightly damp, just after washing.
A toner is usually applied after washing at the end of the day and can be effective for smoothing, softening, and calming irritated skin. Commercial toners often contain ingredients that aggravate sensitive skin types—but you can easily create your own natural toner customized with your favorite essential oils. Essential oils in skincare can replenish and restore nutrients to your skin and can diminish the appearance of redness and dryness.