Best known for its powerful antiseptic properties, tea tree essential oil is a great all-rounder to keep in your first-aid kit, ready to use on wounds and sores. Studies show it is effective against a range of bacteria and fungi that can lead to infection. It also has a strong deodorizing action that can combat body odour.
It is good for helping to control spots/acne – the oil can be applied to spots as an immediate treatment.
Acts as a hair tonic – a tea tree scalp massage can help bring dandruff under control and used in a rinse, tea tree can restore the balance of oils to combat greasy hair.
Fights cold and flu symptoms – this antiseptic is effective in warding off colds and flu. Once a cold has set in, as steam inhalation with the oil eases congestion and breathing.
One of its best uses is to rinse and clean infected wounds and sores in a dilution of 10% (1 part tea tree to 10 parts witch hazel). Or in a foot bath for tired, hot, smelly feet or for athlete’s foot, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to a small basin of warm water and soak feet for 15 minutes.
To help you understand how to use essential oils safely and effectively and to get you started with some recipes please contact me to book onto our Introduction to Essential Oils course.
If you would like some personal help with essential oils please feel free to call me to make an appointment.