“Tea tree oil is a natural wonder,” claims Dr. Reema Arora, Medical Facial Head, Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, New Delhi. It is an old medicinal plant derivative, also known as Melaleuca. It is derived from an Australian native plant Melaleuca Alternifolia. “It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial and nourishing properties,” says Dr. Ranjan Upadhaya, Max Multi Speciality Centre, Panchsheel Park.
Dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj says, “It is excellent for combating oiliness and can be used in routine face washes and even while bathing. Just add a few drops to a bucket of water, and voila!”
Here are 8 amazing benefits of tea tree oil:
1. Promotes Glowing Skin
“Tea tree oil is not harsh and doesn’t cause excessive dryness, peeling of the skin or any redness. It will leave you with glowing, flawless skin you’ve always wanted,” adds Delhi’s leading beauty expert, Dr. Bhardwaj.
2. Prevents Acne
“Tea tree oil is considered one of the most effective ways to treat acne, not just on the face, but on the back, arms and chest as well. Tea tree oil contains anti-microbial properties which kill the acne-causing bacteria,” says Dr. Reema Arora. It penetrates deep into the pores to remove toxins and prevent clogging. It also reduces inflammation and lightens scars. Tea tree oil moisturises and restores the skin’s natural oil balance.
Tip: You can mix a few drops of tea tree oil with two teaspoons of raw, organic honey and apply it on the pimple using a cotton pad, and then rinse with water.
3. Treats Cuts, Infections and Scars
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, tea tree oil is a powerful disinfectant and is non poisonous and gentle. In 1923, Dr. A.R. Penfold found that tea tree oil was twelve times more effective at healing infections than the conventional antiseptic at that time. Hence, tea tree oil became widely known as the go-to antiseptic during the 1930s and 1940s for Australian World War II soldiers. “You can use a mixture of tea tree oil and honey to heal burns and reduce scarring. It is really effective,” says Dr. Ahuja, Fortis Hospitals.
4. Fights Skin Cancer
According to a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Sciences, tea tree oil has the ability to fight cancer. It has a rapid effect on reducing cancerous tumors.
5. Treats Psoriasis and Eczema
Tea tree oil can help in relieving any type of skin inflammation. It can be used to treat eczema naturally and even to reduce psoriasis. Dr. Ranjan says, “To get rid of irritation, you just need to mix five drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil for best results.”
6. Reduces Hair Fall
Dr. Arora says, “Tea tree oil helps in promoting healthy, strong hair. Tea tree oil can prevent or treat hair fall. All you need to do is add a few drops to a carrier oil such as coconut, olive or jojoba and apply it on your scalp.”
7. Cleanses Hair
“Tea tree oil helps open the clogged follicles and acts as a cleanser and conditioner. It has the ability to soothe dry scalp and even treat lice. Mix it with coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil,” says Dr. Upadhaya.
8. Gets Rid of Dandruff
Dr. Reema Arora adds, “Tea tree oil is a strong antiseptic and works on removing dandruff. You can mix it with your usual shampoo to reap the benefits.”
Note: Always look for 100% pure tea tree oil and check that the correct species name is mentioned on the bottle’s label (Melaleuca alternifolia). Since light, heat, exposure to air and moisture can affect the stability of essential oils, store tea tree oil in dark, cool, dry conditions (preferably in a glass container).