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You have probably seen tea tree oil tucked in with the antiseptic treatments on your drugstore shelves. Did you know it's a long-used remedy for wounds, as well as a booster for your beauty routine? The variety of uses for tea tree oil make this item a must-have for your cabinet.
Tea tree oil is a natural way to remove your makeup. Mix 10 drops with 1/4 cup of canola oil -- that's right, the same stuff you probably already have in your kitchen. Apply it to a cotton ball and take off the day's makeup. Rinse it off with a bit of warm water.
Tea tree oil on its own doesn't relieve foot odor, but it can help get rid of athlete's foot and fungus. To fight the fungus, mix a few drops of tea tree oil per tablespoon of witch hazel, then, use a cotton ball to apply it on the affected area. A foot bath that combines tea tree oil, rosemary, sage, epsom salts, ginger root and baking soda can also help by making your feet look, feel and smell fresh and clean.
A mixture of lavender essential oil, tea tree, and a carrier oil such as jojoba or avocado is great for dried or cracked cuticles. For optimal nail health, use a few drops of the concoction on a daily basis.
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal to treat dry skin or eczema. Remember to add it to another substance, like a moisturizer, before application. The same combination -- a few drops of tea tree oil in a carrier oil or moisturizer -- can also make your skin less itchy with regular use.
Because tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, it can help heal wounds. One drop mixed in with another over-the-counter lotion is all you need. You can also try tea tree oil directly on a cold sore, at full strength, as long as you are careful not to consume the liquid and watch out for any signs of irritation.
Since irritation is a possibility, you won't want to use tea tree oil undiluted over your entire face. But it may be an effective spot treatment for the occasional blemish. The anti-microbial properties reduce bacteria and make it harder for pimples to flourish. By diluting 3 drops of tea tree oil into 2 ounces of witch hazel, you can also create a great toner for your face.
To get a healthy, dandruff-free scalp, you can buy a shampoo that's already fortified with tea tree oil. Simply adding 5 to 10 drops of oil to your current shampoo may also do the trick, without the added inconvenience of trying a new shampoo brand.
Tea tree oil is a versatile substance, helping your skin to heal and to get rid of impurities. As it's relatively easy to find, there's little to lose by giving it a try.