The tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a plant found in Australia. The oil is derived from the leaves of this tree and has a strong camphor like smell. Tea tree oil is widely known for its powerful antiseptic properties. It is a highly toxic essential oil that should never be consumed orally even if diluted.
Tea tree oil has many benefits and uses but it has been shown to work effectively on acne and fungal infections.
How to Treat Acne with Tea Tree Oil
Acne can be very depressing and I have written several articles on the website covering how to combat acne and acne scars with natural oils. This solution works for mild – moderate acne.
- Pour distilled water into a 8 oz amber bottle.
- Add in 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar. I use this brand.
- Close the bottle and shake. Open and add 5 drops of tea tree oil.
- Close and shake again.
Apply to your face every night after cleansing. Wait for it to dry off then apply your moisturizer. If the solution is too strong, dilute with more distilled water. As the acne dries out, it may dry out your skin too depending on your skin type so stay on top of your moisturizing game.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Fungal Infections
Due to it’s antiseptic properties, tea tree oil is very effective for fungal infections on toes and ringworm. Make a foot soak comprised of lukewarm water, 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and 5 drops of tea tree oil. Immerse your feet for 20 minutes. Rinse out and moisturize your feet. Repeat this every evening.
Alternatively, you can apply the tea tree oil directly on the fungus with a cotton swab. Massage and let it dry out. Alternate with the foot soak to see which works better for you. Another recommended tea tree foot soak is Purely Northwest Tea Tree Oil Therapeutic Foot Soak.
In addition to above, you can also use tea tree oil for hair in conjunction with peppermint oil and rosemary oil. It is particularly effective for a flaky scalp as well as treatment of dandruff and psoriasis. If you have never used tea tree oil before, start with 1 – 5 drops to test how your skin will react to it then build up to more depending on the size of your container and what you’re using it for.