Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and when you have a skin condition it can be unsightly, and uncomfortable.
Visible skin conditions can impact your self-confidence.
While there are many ways to hide a rash or excessive redness, a naturopathic doctor can help to provide natural skin conditions treatment which help to ease the itch and get to the root of the issue.
Keep reading to learn about tea tree oil, a popular natural treatment for skin conditions.
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil originates from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree in Australia.
Used topically, or inhaled, however, tea tree oil has a wide range of beneficial uses, which indigenous Australians have been using for thousands of years.
Keep reading to learn more about what this powerful plant can do.
Health Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains compounds which make it anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antiviral.
It also contains properties which stimulate the activity of white blood cells to promote faster wound healing.
Here are some of the top health benefits of tea tree oil.
1. Natural Antiseptic & Wound Treatment
The skin is a barrier which prevents bacteria from entering the bloodstream.
When you have a wound which breaks the skin, it’s important to keep the area clean, and disinfect it to kill bacteria.
You can use a blend of tea tree oil and coconut oil to prevent small cuts and wounds from becoming infected – use one drop of tea tree oil to one teaspoon of coconut oil.
2. Acne Treatment
Tea tree oil can be used as a treatment for acne.
Applying a gel made with tea tree oil to acne spots was found to be more effective than a placebo for reducing them.
When a gel combining 5% tea tree oil was applied to the skin, it was three times better at reducing the number of acne lesions, and six times as effective in reducing their severity.
It has been found to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide, the main ingredient in many common acne medications.
3. All-Purpose Cleaner
Due to its antibacterial properties, tea tree oil can be used as an all-purpose cleaner
It’s also much safer than harsh chemical cleaners which you might buy at the store. Many of these cleaners contain endocrine disrupting chemicals which can cause a variety
of hormonal issues.
Here is a simple recipe for a natural, all-purpose cleaner:
● 20 drops of tea tree oil
● ¾ cup water
● ½ cup apple cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle, and shake well.
Because this mixture will settle, make sure you shake it up each time you use it.
4. May Reduce Skin Inflammation
One form of skin irritation is caused when the skin comes in contact with an allergen.
This exposure can leave skin red, itchy, and painful.
Applying tea tree oil to the skin can help to reduce the severity of symptoms.
Use a mixture of 10 drops of tea tree oil, combined with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and one tablespoon of coconut oil.
Use this mixture up to two times per day, until symptoms subside.
5. May Help With Psoriasis
Psoriasis is characterized by red, itchy, and scaly skin.
It’s an autoimmune condition, and although there is no cure, topical treatments such as tea tree oil can help to ease the symptoms.
Use a mixture of tea tree oil and coconut oil on the affected area, up to three times per day as required.
Risks Of Using Tea Tree Oil
Overall, tea tree oil is relatively safe to use, however as with any substance there are some cautions to take note of.
Tea tree oil should never be taken orally, as it may be toxic if swallowed.
Additionally, some people may have an adverse skin reaction to it.
If you’re not sure, try a patch test.
Use a small amount on part of your skin, then wait 24 hours. If you don’t see a reaction, you’re probably safe.
It’s also important to use a carrier oil such as coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil alongside essential oils such as tea tree oil.
This is especially important for people with sensitive skin.
Finally, keep your tea tree oil away from your pets, as it can cause adverse reactions in cats and dogs.
Book an Appointment at Annex Naturopathic
Are you interested in tea tree oil, or other natural ways to treat common ailments?
Do you want to reduce your use of drugstore remedies used to treat a skin condition?
Perhaps you are just looking for a natural way to keep your skin healthy.
Annex Naturopathic can help – contact us today and we will help you regain your healthy skin.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Marnie Luck, N.D
Annex Naturopathic Clinic is a clinic in Toronto that offers integrative healthcare solutions from Drs. Marnie Luck, ND, and Tanya Lee, ND