Discover the magic of tea tree oil

I have been using this stuff for about 5 years now and I use it for almost everything skin related. I use tea tree oil for blemishes, dry and itchy scalp and even on cuts. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca tree and its better known as tea tree oil. It is one of the best cleansers for dirty or oily skin. I use 100% Australian tea tree oil from Desertessence.com. A professor who noticed my problem skin told me about it and after using it. I saw results in a matter of days. There are other brands at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joes. The Trader Joes facial cleansing pads with tea tree oil was the most effective for me but it does contain some alcohol in it so it may not be for you. Try other brands; I love the scent from the oil. Once you open the bottle it will fill the room with this refreshing herbal scent BUT the scent isn’t for everyone but it grows on you. It is very strong and if you have sensitive skin you will have to dilute it with water. Try it on a small area of skin to check for sensitivity.

The Remedy: Wet a cotton ball or a facial cleansing pad and Apply a couple drops of Tea Tree Oil. Apply lightly to problem skin to help reduce oil that can lead to breakouts. You can rinse it off with water but I usually don’t. It won’t try your skin but you should be using a moisturizer in your daily skin care regimen. We will talk the importance of a moisturizer in a later post.

Pros: It’s natural, calming, cleanses skin very well, Keeps blemishes from forming

Cons: It’s Strong and can cause irritation.

I found other uses for Tea Tree oil on www.desertessence.com

1. Problem skin

Wet a cotton ball. Apply 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil. Apply lightly to problem skin to help reduce oil that can lead to blemishes. Remove with water. Tea tree won’t cause dryness and flaking like some chemical treatments can.

2. Manicure/Pedicure Treatment

Add a few drops to manicurist spray or cream for cuticle care and welcomed relief for cracked nails. Also known to help ward of fungus.

3. Scalp Treatment

Mix a few drops into your shampoo to break up product build up and oil. Leaves hair squeaky clean.

4. Baby Care

Keep your diaper cleaner clean and fresh with a spray of tea tree oil mixed with water.

5. Laundry Freshener

Add 2 teaspoons of pure oil to a regular load of laundry during the wash cycle.

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