Tea Tree Oil has grown in popularity over the past few years and there’s no need to wonder why; the oil works wonders on everything from tough kitchen stains to skin abrasions! Also known as melaleuca oil, it comes from a plant native to Australia and ranges in color from very pale yellow to almost clear. It has a slight odor (think really mild moth balls) and is generally sold in small quantities, which is not an issue since a little goes a long way. It has incredible anti fungal qualities and has been used for years by the Aboriginals as antiseptic. To add to this miracle oil’s impressive list of credentials, it is incredibly beneficial for your hair, nails, and lips. Take a look at some of the benefits you can reap by introducing Tea Tree Oil into your daily beauty regimen.
1.) Hair Growth –
The scalp naturally sheds about a hundred strands of hair each day; a quick look at the hairbrush or shower drain will confirm this. This is totally normal and actually indicates that your scalp is in a healthy, hydrated condition. However, if you are pulling out clumps of hair every time you run a hand through your treasured locks, you may want to take a look at whats going on underneath that mane of yours. Just like the skin on your body, the hair follicles on your head can get clogged, trapping bacteria and preventing new strands from emerging. As more and more follicles become blocked, hair production slows. Your scalp becomes incapable of replacing the daily loss of strands at a quick enough rate, which causes your hair to become thin and dull. Luckily enough, this problem is both easy to prevent as well as treat. By simply adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo, you can ensure that your hair stays full and beautiful. Working as a natural antibacterial, tea tree oil helps to eradicate dry skin and bacteria from the scalp, keeping the hair follicles open and clear. It is important that you dilute the tea tree oil significantly before applying it to your scalp as it is prone to cause irritation if used in its pure form. Add about 5 or 6 drops to your favorite shampoo and use as normal; your hair will thank you.
2.) Stronger Nails –
If you’re not like me, you have beautiful, unbitten nails that sometimes seem to break or snag without your permission. Weak nails are not uncommon but they are frustrating as all hell. Tea tree oil can improve the overall quality of your fingernails by both preventing them from fungus as well as strengthening them in the process. Combine a teaspoon of it with a couple drops of vitamin E and apply nightly. This simple solution will keep your nails free from bacteria while strengthening them in the process.
3.) Softer Lips –
It’s nearly impossible to avoid getting chapped lips in the winter. The dry weather, bitter winds, and sub-zero temperatures all wreck havoc with the delicate skin that protects our mouths. Chapsticks are less effective than we’d like to believe; most do nothing more than make our lips taste fruity. If you’re suffering from sore and broken lips, stop looking in your purse for the cure and look in the medicine cabinet instead. All you need to do is mix a teaspoon of jojoba oil with two drops of tea tree oil and apply the solution to your lips nightly. Unlike chapsticks which just coat the lips with flavored petroleum, this oil solution actually heals the broken skin.
How do you use tea tree oil in your beauty regime?