Tea Tree Oils Properties
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This week I look at the healing and beautifying properties of tea tree oil which is found in basically most major super markets and quite cheap might I add.
First a little history, the oil is believed to originate from Australia where the Aborigines used the leaves of the indigenous Malaleuca Tree (whose leaves are used to make tea tree oil) in their medications for centuries.
The aborigines used to crush the leaves from the tree to treat coughs and colds as well as sprinkling the crushed leaves on their wounds and they soaked the leaves to treat sore throats or skin ailments.
You can use tea tree oil to treat cuts and abrasions by adding a few drops onto to the cut after cleaning it.
If a bandage is needed, allow a few drops of the oil to penetrate a cotton ball, and then lay it face down on the wound with a bandage on top.
If you suffer from acne you can simply dab some tea tree oil on your on acne breakouts after your normal cleansing routine.
You can also dilute two drops in a tablespoon of water and swab with a cotton wool.
I like adding a few drops,to my regular face wash.
If you suffer from allergies and are prone to reaction then you should invest in tea tree oil and also the tea tree jelly which you must apply topically whenever you have a reaction.
If you have arthritis or know someone who has it here´s what you can do to help reduce pain associated with the swelling of it, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 cups of grapeseed or other carrier oil. Massage into affected area 2-3 times a day
For those with Asthma: Add a few drops of oil to a pan of water and heat on stove. When cooling, drape a towel over head and breathe in for a few minutes.
Athletes Foot: Clean feet thoroughly, especially between toes. Add oil directly to feet every two weeks, dusting with mealie meal after. You can also add 10 drops oil to 1 and half cups of grape seed or other carrier oil and massage on feet and between toes daily.
If you have a boil (Ichipute) apply a warm washcloth for a few minutes. Then apply a drop or two of oil to the area – the infection should rise to surface and eventually be released.
I use tea tree oil on my burns as well with the following steps, run icy cold water on the burn and then add a mix of five drops of tea tree oil to one teaspoon of honey (i like mixing it with a little butter) and apply to your burn five times daily.
For many people growing older means having corns and Calluses and these can be a bother and a pain literally so what you do is massage that toe with 5 drops oil to 1 tbsp. of carrier oil. Repeat 2 times daily. Once the corn or calluses have become soft use tweezers to remove, and apply a few drops of tea tree oil and cover with bandage.
For those soft lips and also to avoid chapped lips add 1 or 2 drops of oil to lip balm.
Chicken Pox usually affects children but I know that some people are quite unfortunate to get it in adulthood.
Apply a drop of oil directly to blisters. Allow to dry, then dust with mealie meal and repeat this process every few hours or until blisters disappear.
If you have dandruff add a few drops to your shampoo and add some drops to your scalp and massage after washing your head.
For those with dry skin add 5 drops oil to 1 tablespoon of olive oil and massage onto damp skin.
Tea tree oil also works well on to insect bites, from mosquitoes to fleas just a drop directly onto the bitten area.
For rashes mix tea tree oil with coconut oil and apply over the rash, if you have ringworms applying a drop of tea tree oil can help immensely.
If like me you have Sinusitis add 10 drops to hot water put it in bowl and inhale for ten minutes.
With busy schedules comes sore muscles so add a few drops to your bath water and soak yourself in.
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