Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil:
Minimizing acne — helps minimize acne lesions or hair follicles clogged with oil and dead skin cells.
Easing fungal infections — A study published in the Tropical Medicine and International Health Journal found that 2 percent butenafine hydrochloride and 5 percent TTO combined in cream may help mitigate toenail onychomycosis.
Eliminating harmful bacteria — A 2008 study found that TTO, in the form of body wash, may help mitigate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a kind of bacteria that causes sepsis, pneumonia, and bloodstream and skin infections.
Toothbrush cleaner — To disinfect your toothbrush, soak it in a glass of water with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Rinse after a few minutes.
Mold treatment — Add two drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water, transfer to a spray bottle, shake well and then spray on moldy areas such as shower walls. Do not rinse, and wait for a few days until the scent fades. For an all-natural disinfectant, you can also sprinkle a few drops of tea tree oil along with baking soda on your bathroom or kitchen surfaces.
Natural pest control — Tea tree oil’s terpinen-4-ol content has insecticidal effects that may naturally repel flies and other insects. Recommended making a natural insect repellent by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil.
Laundry freshener — Adding a few drops of this oil during the wash cycle may help remove the musty scent in your laundry, especially the towels.
Smaller-scale clinical studies on tea tree oil revealed its potential for helping minimize the effects of dandruff, lice gingivitis and genital infections.
In aromatherapy, tea tree oil is known to be helpful in alleviating chest and nasal congestion, stuffy nose and other symptoms of colds and flu, especially when used via steam inhalation. It may help clear congested nasal passages, which may result in a more comfortable breathing.
Just add two to three drops of TTO to a steaming bowl of purified water, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the vapors for five to 10 minutes. Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to a tissue and keeping it inside your pillow may also help you achieve a peaceful and relaxed sleep.