When I was a kid and I got a cut, if I cried my grandma would tell me we needed to call the Penny Ambulance. I have no idea what that was or how she thought of it. My grandma was a clever woman. It always got me to stop crying long enough for the bleeding to stop so she could get the bandaid on me. These days my kids want bandaids for every scrape and cut – I find that a tea tree antiseptic ointment works the best to heal these pesky injuries that kids seem to acquire daily. There are so many Tea Tree Uses for healing and skin care it’s amazing. I wouldn’t be surprised if my grandma used it too….
It’s mid-winter up here in New England and my lips do not like it! My skin is perpetually dry and my lips are no exception. But thanks to this Tea Tree Oil Lip Balm they aren’t as dry as they usually are every day. This recipe is so great, too, because you can literally use any container you have to store it in! Check out the other tea tree uses here as well!…
Some essential oils are naturally perfect for treating skin conditions. Tea tree oil for skin is especially beneficial as well as other tea tree uses. Yes, you can actually make your skin look and feel younger, stronger, and healthier with the application of a few very specific essential oils.
Tea Tree Oil for Skin and Other Essential Oils for Skin Conditions
Because the natural oils which are extracted from certain plants work on 2 levels (topical and internal), they guard and repair your skin from a host of problems. They also treat the negative emotions that sometimes attach themselves to sufferers of unsightly skin conditions. Lavender for one is calming, and helps reduce stress and elicit the relaxation response. Tea tree oil for skin helps the moisture balance and gets rid of dead skin cells.
What Essential Oils Lead to Healthy Skin?
A wide variety of essential oils are good for your entire body and your skin as well. However, sometimes you want to treat or combat a very specific skin condition. In that case, employ the following essential oils, which have proven effective for treating these skin problems.
Dry, Dehydrated Skin
Lavender is an absolute must-have for your essential oil and aromatherapy kit. It helps hydrate dry skin and is especially effective in the winter months and cold weather climates in keeping your skin moist and healthy. Geranium is another essential oil, which is excellent for treating dry skin.
Eczema and Dermatitis
If you have itchy, red splotches or areas of skin, you may have dermatitis or eczema. Those terms are widely used to refer to a host of skin conditions, which are itchy, red, and sometimes painful. This condition can be treated effectively with diet alone, and when Thyme and Helichrysum essential oils are also used, this embarrassing condition can disappear quickly. Tea Tree and Patchouli oils are also helpful and they smell really good.
Facial Skin Problems
Your facial skin is more delicate and tender than the skin on most other parts of your body. That’s why you must treat it differently. Try using Sandalwood and Myrrh oils as a topical application for treating skin conditions on your face, as they are not as strong as some other essential oils.
Rashes and Itching
Lavender shows up once again as one of the most versatile essential oils. It effectively treats rashes, even when those rashes are accompanied by itching. Tea Tree oil is also excellent for treating rashes, and Peppermint oil is an effective anti-itching oil as well.
Tea Tree oil and Roman Chamomile essential oils quickly soothe sunburned skin. They can also be used to treat other types of burns. Unsurprisingly, Lavender is effective here as well.
Frankincense, Geranium, and Fennel essential oils have proven to lessen the appearance of wrinkles. Myrrh and Sandalwood are also good choices here, as is the multi-use Lavender.
Essential oils need to be diluted before topical use as they can burn the skin. Use a carrier oil with a formula of 1 drop of essential oil for each 1 ml of carrier oil, such as olive oil, jojoba, grapeseed and others. Do a quick test on a small patch of your skin to check for any adverse reaction. Certain essential oils should not be used by pregnant women, infants, or young children, so do your research.
Sesame Oil has been used for centuries as a bacteria-fighting medicine, and is great for wind and sunburns.
Jojoba Oil is a super hydrating oil that rejuvenates and hydrates the skin and is ideal for all natural skin and health care and one of the best carrier oils for essential oils.
Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants, olive oil is usually is typically the base oil for DIY lotions and creams. A good source of vitamins A and E, it is effective as an anti-aging option and works good for dry skin and eczema.
Grape Seed Oil is an ideal carrier oil for acne prone skin. It is a natural astringent contains linoleic acids, which have anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It helps to control oil and oily skin that clogs pores and causes breakouts.
Aahhh…I just did a tea tree oil foot soak this evening for my tired, dry feet in need of pampering now that it’s sandal weather! There are so many tea tree uses one of my favorites is for reviving the skin on my feet.
Soothing and Exfoliating Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak
This was such a great foot soak to do at the end of a hot day. My feet get swollen when it’s hot out due to my lymphedema, mostly in my right leg. It feels like it’s throbbing and feels very tight due to the excess fluid. The oils in this soak helped cool off my feet and get the circulation going.
My lymphedema began when I was 13 and I was required to wear some ugly tan knee-high stockings during the day. At the time it didn’t bother me – perhaps the kids I went to school with were really cool and didn’t make a big deal about my fashion choice!
It wasn’t really a huge problem until I got pregnant for the second time. For some reason, this baby sat so low on my uterus he must have squeezed the wrong part and my legs swelled up like you wouldn’t believe. I couldn’t find any shoes that fit and thought I would be forced to wear Crocs the entire pregnancy. My mom went shoe shopping with me (not an easy feat) and we finally found some Keen Sandals that fit really well and were very comfortable.
I really wish I had this foot soak at the time. These days I am working so hard to get my lymphedema under control after years of ignoring my own needs to take care of my kids! It’s typical, isn’t it?!
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca) is such a great oil for rejuvenating skin. Read my recent blog post about Tea Tree Oil Relievers!
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I love using my essential oils for so many things – cleaning, skin care, natural health and more. There are many tea tree uses that make this a very important oil to have at home and I will tell you about 10 of them here in this post.
10 Personal Uses Tea Tree Oil Can Help
Tea Tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, can be found in a wide spectrum of skin care and spa products that can comfort and beautify the appearance of skin.
1. Plantar warts
Plantar warts and palmer warts are noncancerous skin growths, caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Put tea tree oil directly on the wart, rub it in, and let dry before putting on footwear/socks. It’s best to do this at night before you go to bed. Rub it on, read for 15-20 minutes, and let it dry.
“But don’t wear socks to bed, as that adds moisture, which fungus thrives in,” says Krista Moyer, N.D., a naturopath doctor at Broadway Wellness in Vancouver, British Columbia.
For sensitive skin, you can add tea tree oil to a carrier oil like coconut oil.
When tea tree oil is applied on the scalp, it penetrates the hair follicles, unclogs them and kills microorganisms that trigger dandruff, itchy scalp and irritation. It effectively moisturizes the hair and scalp. So it is one of the best solutions for dry and itchy scalp. It helps to get rid of the dead skin cells and dirt on the scalp thereby creating a favorable environment for healthy hair growth and scalp.
Tea Tree Oil for Scalp Treatment:
- Take a small application bottle and fill it with 3/4 full of any carrier oil like jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, etc.
- Add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil in it and mix it well
- Apply this to your scalp and hair
- Massage it gently for few minutes to make oil saturated all over the scalp
- You will feel some tingling effect on your scalp but don’t worry about it! It’s a good thing!
- Wash your hair with shampoo and apply conditioner
- This process helps to keep all your scalp problems at bay
3. Skin Spots
Tea tree oil can control the sebum in the skin as well as speed up healing process. Tea tree oil can be applied directly to pimples for an effective and natural skin spot and pimple treatment. It contains natural properties which make it an excellent alternative to harsh synthetic chemicals. Just a small amount of oil will penetrate the skin to unblock the sebaceous glands, clean out pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other blemishes.
To apply, pour a few drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton bud, cotton pad or tissue. Gently dab the tea tree oil onto any pimples or spots. Leave for a few hours, or overnight. The redness and swelling should decrease.
4. Sinus irritations
Tea tree oil helps with irritations of the nasal and respiratory system. Place a few drops of tea tree oil in small saucepan of boiling water. Remove from heat and tent with a towel over your head. Breathe in for 10-15 minutes. This inhalation will loosen phlegm when you’re congested.
5. Tick Removal
Just add to skin and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
6. Toenail Fungus and Athlete’s Foot
Dab a few drops directly on the site or soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil and rub it on the affected area. Try making a mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil and rubbing in on your nail. You can reapply this mixture or pure tea tree oil as often as you like. Twice per day is usually sufficient for helping mild cases.
7. Skin Tags
Clean your skin tag and the surrounding area with warm water and mild soap. Pat dry with a clean towel. Add one drop of undiluted tea tree oil to the gauze pad portion of an adhesive bandage. Secure the bandage over your skin tag so the tea tree oil soaked gauze pad is in direct contact with the skin tag.
Cleanse and thoroughly dry the skin area that is affected by ringworm. Immediately place any linens used on the affected skin in the dirty laundry to avoid risk of further contamination. Put several drops of tea tree oil on the end of a sterile cotton swab, and apply it directly to the ringworm. Completely cover all affected areas with the oil. Repeat this process three times per day.
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your body wash, lather, wait then rinse. Or apply tea tree oil directly to your problem areas then when the tea tree oil has been absorbed apply a tea tree oil enriched moisturizing cream. 5% tea tree oil mix.
10. Yeast Growth
Studies have found that tea tree oil disrupts the membranes of yeast cells, and lavender kills Candida in a test tube. Mix them together and yeast doesn’t have a chance.
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- Distilled water
Mix the tea tree and lavender oils with a few drops of distilled water. Using a cotton swab, dab the blend on the affected parts of the body.
So there you have ten tea tree oil remedies that are so easy to do at home without using harsh chemicals or expensive medications. Have you tried any? If so, which ones?
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Homemade moisturizer for oily skin is something I’ve found works so much better than store-bought. Besides it being natural and sulfate-free, it also leaves no oily residue on my skin on those hot days.
Homemade Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Some of the best essential oils for oily skin I’ve found are: bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, lemon, juniper, frankincense, sage, fennel, tea tree, rosemary, grapefruit, melrose.
How to Use Essential Oils for Oily Skin
Carrier oils like jojoba, almond and coconut are really great when used as a moisturizing cleanser. These oils lift dirt out of your pores and help to make your skin incredibly soft.
Homemade moisturizer for oily skin works because in the same way our bodies need good fat in our diet regardless of our weight, even oily-prone skin benefits from oil.
Homemade Moisturizer Recipe
You can make your own oil blend by mixing essential oils with a carrier oil. I usually just take 2 drops of essential oil and about a teaspoon of carrier oil in the palm of my hand and use that for an oil cleanser.
But here is a more exact recipe:
In a 2oz Glass Bottle (not plastic unless marked PET) add your carrier oil (this can be a blend of all three mentioned above or one like Young Living’s V6 blend) and then add 35-40 drops of your essential oils.
When you are ready to use, just put a small teaspoon-sized amount of oil in your hand and massage onto your face. Then, take a warm washcloth and pat face to allow your steam to absorb into your skin. Then you are done! That’s it! Isn’t it easy?
You don’t need any more moisturizer. I have super oily skin and I am no longer dabbing at my face during the day. It just feels soft.
You can mix the oils for optimum benefits.
- Frankincense is healing while bergamot helps with sebum production so that is a good combination.
- Tea-tree oil is often used to treat oily skin and can be as effective as benzoyl peroxide. Rosemary helps balance oily skin and treats pimples, including blackheads and whiteheads.
- Lemon is healing and Melrose supports healthy skin
Which oil combination would you try in your homemade moisturizer for oily skin?
I’ve been struggling with showering lately because sulfate free body wash is so expensive! After learning about all the tea tree uses I decided to make a tea tree oil body wash that I can use on myself and my kids because I am sick of having to pay such high prices for natural and sulfate-free products.
Tea Tree Oil Body Wash
We have completely gotten rid of bath and body products that have chemicals and sulfates. I did so much research on sulfates (SLS) and how harsh they are for the skin and how damaging they are to one’s health to ever want to put that on my skin let alone my kids bodies! Yuck!
Check out my post on why use sulfate free shampoo products and WHY you need to ditch the chemicals NOW!
I knew that you can make a simple body wash using castile soap. But you know I LOVE my oatmeal and I love the idea of using oatmeal-infused bath products. So I made an oatmeal mixture that could be added to the tea tree oil body wash and then doctored up the original recipe with essential oils, vitamin E oil, and jojoba oil. We do have avocado oil in the house (hands in the air, woot woot!) so I will try that next time! Boom!
Also, if you are using this on young kids, I recommend using the baby mild castile soap. I only have the peppermint castile soap in the house so I used that because a) my kids are older, b) it’s getting warm out so the coolness of the peppermint doesn’t bother them, and c) they LOVE the smell of peppermint!
- 2 Cups oats
- 5 Cups coconut milk
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
- ½ Cup dark unsweetened chocolate chips
- In a pot over medium heat mix the oats and milk.
- Stir and cook until the oats get thick and looks creamy (around 10 minutes).
- Turn off the heat, stir in the vanilla extract and maple syrup and let it cool down for 10 minutes.
- Top with the chocolate chips.
- Serve and enjoy.
Incorporate some chocolate chips into the mix. Alternately, mix up oats and milk and store in refrigerator overnight. In the morning add the other ingredients and eat.
Now go take a nice warm shower with this tea tree oil body wash and enjoy knowing that your body is chemical-free. Also, know that this mixture won’t produce a lot of bubbles. We do NOT need bubbles to get clean! 🙂
Last week I posted about my Homemade Face Mask recipe, which I really love to do once a week these days. It draws out all of the toxins and dirt and leaves my skin clean. But you also need to use a homemade face scrub with tea tree oil for acne once or twice a week to rejuvenate the skin and get rid of the dead skin. Find out other tea tree uses here!…