Quick – where does tea tree oil come from? Don’t know? Don’t worry! All you need to know about this essential oil are its amazing health properties. It’s especially useful for skin problems.

(But if you’d like to know, this potent substance comes from the Melaleuca tree, which is native to Australia.)

Tea tree oil is useful in many ways. In fact, it boasts natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and even antibacterial properties that can work wonders on many different conditions, especially skin problems. If you haven’t invested in some yet, now might be the time to start. But look for 100% pure tea tree oil. Your skin will thank you!

tea tree oil skin problems

Here are nine reasons you should use tea tree oil for skin problems:

1. Acne

Tea tree oil contains powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds that work as a natural treatment for acne. It helps soothe redness and inflammation by penetrating deep into the skin. Tea tree oil has the ability to unblock and disinfect pores while drying out pimples and other blemishes. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of witch hazel, then apply the mixture on your skin 1-2 times each day. (1)

2. Eczema

Eczema can cause itchiness, dryness, severe rash and even blistering. Tea tree oil’s powerful antiseptic and antibacterial compounds can help fight eczema while reducing redness and irritation. Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with 1/2 cup of coconut oil to make a natural eczema ointment. Rub the mixture onto the affected areas twice each day. (2)

3. Warts

The antiviral and antiseptic abilities of tea tree oil make it the perfect natural remedy to fight the virus that causes warts. It contains an antimicrobial known as terpinen-4 which fights warts caused by the HPV virus. This medicinal oil dries out out the warts so they eventually fall off on their own. Apply one drop of pure tea tree oil to the wart, place a bandage over it, and leave it on overnight. Clean the area in the morning, then repeat daily for 2-4 weeks until the wart falls off. (3)

4. Boils

Yes, the anti-microbial properties of this potent oil can also help the body battle a staph infection. Simply dip a cotton ball into a mixture of tea tree oil and almond oil, then apply the remedy to boils several times each day. (4)

5. Razor Burn

Ouch! Razor burns hurt. But this soothing oil can help reduce the redness and irritation caused by razor burn. After shaving, mix several drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture onto the affected area. (5)

6. Cuts And Infections

Tea tree oil’s natural healing properties can work as a powerful ointment for cuts and infections. Clean the affected area with water and hydrogen peroxide, then dilute 2 drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil into jojoba oil. Apply the mixture on the area, and cover it with a bandage. Leave the bandage on overnight, then clean the area in the morning. (6)

7. Athlete’s Foot

Tea tree oil can help kill bacteria that causes athlete’s foot. Mix it with arrowroot powder and baking soda for a natural athlete’s foot remedy. Combine 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder with 1/4 cup of baking soda and 20 drops of tea tree oil. Stir well to break down any lumps, then apply the powder on clean, dry feet twice each day. (7)

8. Chicken Pox Scars

The constant itching associated with chicken pox often leaves scars behind. Whether you are suffering from the chicken pox or you are looking for a way to fade your scars, tea tree oil can help. Place 5 drops of tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil under the running water while you fill the bath tub. Soak in the tub for about a half hour. (8)

9. Psoriasis

One look at someone with psoriasis, and you can probably guess that this particular skin problem can be painful. Thankfully, tea tree oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help soothe psoriasis symptoms and prevent it from spreading. Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the affected areas 2-3 times each day. (9)

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