10. Stop smelly feet
you can make foot powder to clear up stinky feet caused by rogue bacteria, according to Healthline. Blend equal parts cornstarch and baking soda to fill half a cup, then add ten drops of the tree oil (and an optional ten drops of lavender oil for the lovely scent!). You can apply the powder straight to your feet and to the soles of your shoes to keep foot odor at bay.
9. Cure fungal nail infections
WebMD.com suggests full strength (100 percent) tea tree oil for this. Drop the solution onto the damaged nail twice daily for up to six months. Studies have shown this to enhance the appearance of the nail after about half that time. These results are equal to common pharmaceutical options such as Fungoid or Lotrimin. However, WebMD advises that a lesser strength oil won’t have the same benefit.
8. Have smoother skin
Tea tree oil consists of melaleuca oil, according to Organic Facts, which has powerful antioxidant properties and can increase the appearance of age spots and wrinkles.
7. Eliminate ringworm
Many people don’t know that ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin and is highly contagious. Medical studies have confirmed that tea tree oil is an efficient treatment for ringworm and helps to avoid the spread of the fungus. Natural Living Ideas recommends diluting two or three drops of pure tea tree oil into a carrier oil (almond or olive, for example) and applying it directly to the affected skin, and you can even use it to wipe down personal items that have come into contact with the fungus.
6. Relieve the athlete’s foot
WebMD.com suggest a topical application of a mid-strength (25 to 50 percent) tea tree oil solution to cure the fungal infection causing athlete’s foot. Moreover, you can use a 10 percent cream for relief of the symptoms of athlete’s foot, which include scaling, itching and burning. Tea tree oil diluted to 10 percent has been shown to work as well as familiar medications such as Genaspor, Tinactin, and Ting.
5. Reduce cold and flu symptoms
Tea tree oil furnishes relief from symptoms associated with coughs, colds and chest infections. Organic Facts suggests rubbing a diluted oil on the chest before bed so you inhale the oil while you’re sleeping, or you can even place a drop on your pillow.
4. Banish head lice
Tea tree oil is an impressive great natural way to repel head lice, and this is backed up by scientific studies. Tea tree oil is proven to kill lice in both the nymph and adult stages of life and to minimize the number of eggs being hatched. Other studies have even shown tea tree oil to be significantly more effective in children than chemical anti-lice shampoos.
Natural Living Ideas explains that it contains two key elements with natural insecticidal properties and that it dissolves the gummy substance that glues the eggs to the hair shaft, which makes them easier to comb out. Just don’t use it on your pets as the tea tree oil can cause reactions in tinny animals.
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3. Strengthen hair
A little diluted tea tree oil used to the scalp can do wonders for a number of hair conditions. Organic Facts demonstrate that it stimulates blood flow, which is vital for preventing hair loss, encouraging growth and preserving a healthy scalp.
According to Healthline, tea tree oil may be impressive in fighting tooth decay. Keep in mind that tea tree oil should not be swallowed at all, so you’ll want to dilute a drop of the oil in a cup of warm water and to make sure to spit it out when cleaning your teeth.
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Tea tree oil, similar to other essential oils, can be used as a household DIY cleaner when mixed with water and apple cider vinegar. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar around, you can also make this solution using vinegar instead. The advantage of using the oil is to have a chemical-free solution that also can help sanitize surfaces.
Tea tree oil has a number of admirable health benefits, and these are just the beginning. You can use it a drop at a time as needed or dilute it into other carrier oils. It is relatively inexpensive, easy to find and a little goes a long way. Try keeping a little vial of tea tree oil in your bathroom cabinet because you never know when you’ll need it.