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Tea tree oil

You’ve probably heard about the many benefits of tea tree oil, which is derived from Melaleuca Alternifolia, also known as, Tea Trees. They are full of medicinal properties. It’s no wonder that so many people keep a bottle on hand and the essential oil movement is on the rise!

Tea Tree oil is great for soothing dry skin, and its natural antiseptic qualities help combat oily skin as well. So, if you have either dry or oily skin, look for a natural lotion that contains real tea tree oil. It’s important that it be diluted, since Tea Tree oil is so potent.

If you have itchy skin, consider applying some directly to the affected area. You’ll want to dilute with a carrier oil, though. It’s recommended that you use 12 drops of another oil to every two or three drops of Tea Tree. And being very antibacterial means it’s perfect for healing wounds stemming from bacterial infections.

Tea Tree oil is also great for treating boils, which often occur from skin rubbing together and getting overheated. Treat the infected area by diluting some Tea Tree oil with water, dabbing it on a cotton swab and applying it to the boil two or three times per day. It will slowly cause the boil to come to a head and begin to heal.

Be sure to keep the surrounding area of your skin clean by applying a washcloth, since you don’t want to spread the infection onto. What will come out will be a mixture of blood and puss, and it’s best to keep that contained. Once properly drained, apply a bandage and change it daily until fully healed.

You can find Tea Tree oil in whole foods stores and medicinal shops, along with many online retailers.

-Misty Cassady

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