You may have heard of tea tree oil and its common beauty hacks, as it’s been a popular item on the market. But do you know ALL the benefits and beauty hacks for tea tree oil? A small bottle can go a long, long way and be used for a variety of things! If you haven’t heard of tea tree oil, allow me to enlighten you!
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to Australia and has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. Tea tree oil contains several compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi. This compound has also been known to increase the activity of your white blood cells, which help fight germs and other foreign invaders. These germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil a great all-natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing.
So, know that you know how tea tree oil can benefit you, lets look at some of the ways you can be using it to better your overall health!
1. Clear Acne
One of the most popular beauty hacks of tea tree oil is clearing acne. If you’re prone to breakouts, buy a bottle of tea tree oil to have on standby. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, you might have to dilute the oil a bit before applying. Unlike other acne clearing treatments that contain tons of additives, tea tree oil doesn’t give you the harsh side effects like dry skin or irritation and it works just as well if not better!
2. Fights Nail Fungus
We know, it may be gross, but it happens to the best of us. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil everyday after showering and rub into skin. Make sure to wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap as to prevent spreading!
3. Fight Bad Breath
Bad breath is typically caused by unwanted bacteria in your month. Since tea tree oil is an antibacterial, it’s a perfect match! Mix a drop with warm water, swish around in your mouth, gargle and rinse. Doing this 1-2 times a day should help, and you should notice a change within the first few days and be on your way to fresh breath!
4. Natural Deodorant
Tea tree oil’s antibacterial effects may help control underarm odor related to perspiration. A common misconception is that sweat itself smells. However, that’s not entirely true. When secretions from your sweat glands combine with the bacteria on your skin, odor is then produced. Tea tree oil’s bacteria-fighting properties make it an ideal natural alternative to commercial deodorants which can contain a lot of harmful additives. If you aren’t up for making your own all natural deodorant check out Smarty Pits for a great tea tree oil deodorant! You can also find Smarty Pits in our Feeling Beautiful Again bags.