How to mix tea tree oil with water
How Do I Dilute Tea Tree Oil? (with pictures)
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There are a couple of different ways to dilute tea tree oil, and certain methods are better for certain purposes than others. The simplest method is usually to mix the oil with a small amount of water. A lot depends on how you’re going to use the solution. Adding water can be a good idea if you’re making something like mouthwash, but it can make it harder for your skin to absorb the oil. If your plan is to use the oil topically, perhaps as acne cleanser or as a cure for athlete’s foot, it often makes more sense to dilute it with another oil, known as a “carrier oil,” in order to keep as many of the original characteristics as you can.
Most experts recommend using a small eyedropper to mix the two substances. Getting the proportions right isn’t an exact science and can take some experimenting. Some people don’t dilute tea tree extract at all, and it’s often most effective when it’s full strength. It can also cause irritation, though, particularly on sensitive areas like the face and lips. In these cases, you’re usually best off adding a few drops of carrier oil, seeing how things go, then continuing to dilute as necessary to achieve the results that are best for you.
Tea Tree Oil Basics
Tea tree oil is an “essential oil,” which basically means that it is a potent oil derived from nature that is known to have a range of health and cosmetic benefits. It is made from the leaves and bark of the tea tree, which is native to Australia and has no relation to the tea plants that people use for brewing hot and iced beverages. It has well documented antiseptic and antifungal properties, and for this reason it is widely used in a number of home remedies for a range of problems, from cold sores to acne and foot fungus.
The oil is usually most effective when used and applied at full strength. It is an astringent, though, which means that it can dry the skin or cause a burning sensation, particularly in people who have sensitivities to begin with. Adding small amounts of other oils or water is usually the best way around this. It’s usually best to begin your dilution with a light hand, then increase the amount of water or carrier oil as needed.
For Acne and Other Skin Problems
Many find tea tree oil to be effective for treating acne and other skin problems, and acne sufferers with dry skin often have the best luck diluting tea tree oil by adding 10 to 12 drops to about 0.5 cup (118 ml) of coconut oil. Coconut oil is hydrating and will both moisturize the skin and help keep it from drying out. It also helps the tea tree extract absorb into the skin and stay put, which can make its effects more pronounced.
For oily skin, your best bet is probably to combine the tea tree oil with jojoba oil or almond oil. These typically won’t make the skin greasy and won’t further block pores the way coconut oil can. After washing your face, use a cotton ball to apply the solution to the skin. If you are really prone to breakouts, you’ll probably only want to let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing your face clean.
For Athlete’s Foot
Those with the fungal infection commonly known as “athlete’s foot” can add 10 or more drops of tea tree oil to a generous pour of olive oil, then rub this mixture into the feet. The olive oil will help the extract absorb and deeply penetrate to the root of the fungus, and can also hydrate the impacted skin. Other oils like coconut and jojoba will also usually get similar results.
As an Antiseptic
One of the most popular uses of tea tree oil is as an antiseptic, which basically means that it has the ability to kill germs on contact. It’s popular in many first aid applications as a result, and some people also use it as a mouthwash, particularly if they have bad breath — bad breath is often caused by bacteria in the mouth and throat. When you’re looking to make a mouthwash, your best bet is usually to combine 10 to 12 drops of tea tree oil with 6 ounces (about 170 grams) of water. Gargle the solution, but be careful not to swallow it.
The oil can also be used to treat minor cuts and scrapes. In these cases you’ll want to avoid using carrier oils since you don’t want to introduce any other particles or substances to a wounded area. Most experts recommend combining one teaspoon (about 5 mL) of tea tree oil with 4 ounces (113 grams) of witch hazel, which is a natural remedy that prevents swelling and inflammation; water will also usually work.
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8 Uses, Dilution, Application, and Risks
- Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has a number of strong healing properties
- This oil has been shown to relieve symptoms associated with a wide range of inflammatory and bacterial skin disorders and conditions
- When diluted and used properly, tea tree oil can be a safe and effective alternative to over-the-counter and chemical-based medications
Tea tree oil is an essential oil prized for its medicinal properties. It’s widely used in complementary and alternative medicines, and can be found in a range of medicinal topicals and skin care products. This essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it ideal to help heal a number of skin disorders and conditions. How to use tea tree oil is important not only for best results but to avoid irritating your skin.
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is produced by steaming the leaves of the plant Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly known as the Australian tea tree. It was first used in traditional medicine more than 100 years ago as an antiseptic; but more recently has shown promise as a topical treatment to address a number of inflammatory skin conditions, including acne and eczema.
This oil can be purchased in its pure form or diluted, and is an added active ingredient in personal care products such as cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has a number of significant skin-healing qualities to treat a range of skin conditions.
- Anti-inflammatory: Terpinen-4-ol is the main component of this oil which has been demonstrated to suppress the inflammatory response
- Antibacterial: Best known as a potent antibacterial agent, tea tree oil can inhibit bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pyogenes and Streptococcus pneumoniae
- Antiviral: This oil has antiviral properties which can be attributed to the effects of the terpinen-4-ol. In vitro studies have established activity against influenza virus subtype h2N1, and when combined with eucalyptus oil against the herpes simplex virus
- Antimicrobial: When skin is traumatized due to an injury or skin infection it is vulnerable to microbial infection. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties which kill infectious microbes by disrupting their permeability barrier, causing them to die
- Antifungal: Nearly all components identified within this oil have been found to have antifungal activity making it a strong choice in treating fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, nail infections and seborrheic dermatitis
- Antiseptic: In addition to providing antiviral benefits, Terpinen-4-ol effectively works as an antiseptic agent to inhibit or prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms on the skin and yeast infections in the oral cavity, such as Candida albicans
- Antioxidant: Tea tree oil has antioxidant activity to scavenge free radicals which prevents inflammation and skin damage, and speed ups wound healing
- Insecticidal: Tea tree oil has been shown to be effective against parasites such as head lice and bed bugs; it is also a natural mosquito repellent
Tea Tree Oil Uses
While there is a paucity of clinical studies on tea tree oil, there have been a number of in vitro tests performed that indicate this oil has a number of powerful medicinal properties and can effectively treat the following skin and scalp conditions.
Tea tree oil has demonstrated efficacy against mild-to-moderate facial acne. In one study examining the effects of a tea tree oil gel and face wash, both products were well tolerated and acne symptoms were significantly improved, with reduced lesion count.
In another study, this oil was found to be equally effective for mild-to-moderate acne symptoms as benzoyl peroxide – the gold standard of acne treatment. Of interest is that the patient adherence rate was much greater in those using the tea tree oil versus benzoyl peroxide which may have contributed to better outcomes.
Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that can also spread to toenails and hands. In one clinical study examining the efficacy of a 25% and 50% tea tree oil solution, there was a marked clinical response in 68% of the 50% tea tree oil group and 72% of the 25% oil group.
Eczema is an umbrella term that refers to chronic inflammatory skin conditions that cause dry, itchy irritated skin. Atopic and contact dermatitis both fall within this category.
The terpinen-4-ol compound found within this oil provides strong anti-inflammatory properties to relieve eczema-associated swelling, redness and irritation. As an antibacterial agent, it can reduce the risk of infection when raw, open sores develop.
In one study comparing several traditional topical agents against inflammation and contact dermatitis, researchers found tea tree oil was the most effective anti-eczematic agent.
Researchers have established that a 1% tea tree oil solution can kill 100% of head lice within 30 minutes. This is a valuable finding as louse resistance is increasing to established insecticidal compounds; tea tree oil offers a natural effective insecticidal solution that can overcome this treatment barrier.
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that is characterized by raised red scaly patches on the scalp and skin. While studies are lacking, there are ongoing discussions in the scientific community that this oil would be a beneficial treatment.
Due to tea tree oil’s strong anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it could be an option to alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms and be a novel potential agent against psoriasis.
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin disorder that is characterized by flushing and redness of the face due to dilated blood vessels beneath the skin. It’s accompanied by uncomfortable sensations of stinging, itching and burning.
Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that live within hair follicles and their presence is entirely normal. However, studies have found that those with rosacea have a much higher mite count; one theory is that when they multiply too quickly they trigger rosacea development or worsen symptoms.
A number of studies have demonstrated that tea tree oil can greatly reduce or eradicate these mites due to its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. This also serves to calm irritated skin.
Like eczema, seborrheic dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin condition that primarily affects the scalp; symptoms include redness, scaly patches and dandruff.
The primary cause of this condition is the overproduction of Malassezia yeast, a type of fungus that is normally found on the skin’s surface. Successful treatment involves antifungal agents in the form of topical creams and shampoos.
In one study, tea tree oil improved symptoms by 41% with a 5% tea tree shampoo. This was calculated by examining severity, itchiness and greasiness as measured by patient self-assessments. However, there was not a significant improvement in scaliness.
Due to tea tree oil’s potent antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it can effectively inhibit or destroy microorganisms and prevent infection.
In one small study participants had their wounds infected with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and then treated with tea tree oil. Compared to the control group using conventional treatment, the results were observed to be striking.
Another time-kill study found this oil killed several multidrug-resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa within 60 minutes.
Research has also shown that this oil triggers white blood cell activation. White blood cells play a key role in protecting the body against harmful pathogens and are instrumental in the wound-healing process.
How to Dilute Tea Tree Oil
In its pure form, tea tree oil can cause dryness, blisters and rashes; it must be diluted with a carrier oil such as almond oil, avocado or olive oil before use. Use a ratio of 1–2 drops of tea tree oil to 12 drops of carrier oil.
When choosing an oil, opt for a product that is 100% natural and additive-free. Read the product label carefully to ensure it is identified as melaleuca alternifolia and purchase it from a reliable source.
For best results, select an organic product that contains a concentration of 10%–40% terpinen-4-ol.
How to Apply Tea Tree Oil to Skin
Before applying diluted tea tree oil to your skin, perform a patch test to determine if you have any allergies or sensitivity. Place 1–2 drops of diluted oil on your inner forearm and if no irritation occurs within a period of 24 hours, you may use it for your intended purpose.
Applying tea tree oil to the face
You can safely apply diluted tea tree oil to your face, but avoid the eye area as this can cause redness and irritation.
There are several ways you can incorporate tea tree oil into your skin care routine. You can add a few drops to your cleanser or moisturizer, or as follows:
Acne spot treatment: After cleansing, gently dab blemishes with tea tree oil using a cotton ball or swab; allow to dry and continue with moisturizer.
Toner: Add 3 drops of tea tree oil to toner and apply twice a day using a cotton ball; for oily or acne-prone skin add 3 drops to 2 ounces of witch hazel; this combination does double duty by targeting acne-induced inflammation and oiliness.
Overnight treatment: Apply the oil to freshly washed skin using a cotton ball; rinse off with warm water in the morning.
You also have the option of purchasing a ready-made product that contains tea tree oil. There are a wide range of skin care products to suit your needs, including cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and medicated creams or ointments.
Applying tea tree oil to the scalp
Tea tree oil can relieve itchiness and dandruff but it can also support healthy hair by preventing buildup of dead skin cells, unblocking and clearing pores and moisturizing the scalp.
Shampoo: Combine 2–3 drops of diluted tea tree oil to a small amount of shampoo, wash hair and rinse well
Dry hair or scalp: Apply diluted tea tree oil to the scalp, massage gently, allow to rest for 10 minutes, then wash off
Leave-on hair conditioner: Add several drops of undiluted tea tree oil to distilled water and spray on hair daily
Risks of Using Tea Tree Oil
Overall, tea tree oil is considered relatively safe with only minor adverse effects. However, it has been known to cause allergic reactions and can irritate skin if used at too high concentrations.
Although rare, several studies have determined this oil can cause an imbalance in male hormones in puberty. This has been shown to cause prepubertal gynecomastia (breast enlargement) in boys exposed to this oil.
Tea tree is toxic if ingested and is not for consumption, regardless of concentration.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has a number of strong qualities to heal and nourish both the scalp and skin. While understudied in clinical trials, many in vitro studies have revealed this oil can provide antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic benefits.
Tea tree oil can treat inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and eczema, and as an insecticide, can kill rosacea mites, head lice and mosquitoes. It can be used as an alternative to over the counter or prescription medications to treat a range of skin and scalp conditions.
Although generally considered safe, tea tree oil has been known to trigger irritation or allergic reactions. Before using, perform a patch test to ensure this substance is appropriate for you.
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Tea tree - how it is obtained, uses, composition and useful properties
Cosmetics marked "tea tree" are in great demand in Asia, but not so popular in Russia yet. In this article, we will tell you what tea tree is, what it has to do with tea, and how to use its oil for the benefit of yourself and loved ones.
Healing plant native to Australia
When the British captain James Cook first landed on the shores of Australia, he, according to the good old English tradition, wanted to drink tea. And then, according to legend, he came up with the idea, instead of tea leaves, which were not at hand, to brew the leaves of some useful local plant. The choice fell on the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, which was very popular with the natives. Obviously, the captain liked the new drink. And he, without thinking twice, decided to call the tree "tea" (very nice logic). Under this name, it was included in all European botanical books, although in fact it belongs to the myrtle family.
What did the Australians do with the tea tree?
They crushed and steeped the leaves and used them for dressings. Thus, the inhabitants of Australia got rid of coughs and colds, treated wounds and various skin diseases.
Two and a half hundred years have passed since Cook's sea voyages, but the tea tree is still considered a medicinal plant, and its essential oil (not to be confused with the usual!) is used in many areas where the use of antibacterial and antiseptic agents is required.
What contains tea tree oil
Tea tree essential oil is added to many cosmetic products. Here is just a small list of products containing this component:
- soaps and shower gels,
- shampoos and balms,
- face and body creams,
- face gels and lotions,
- face masks and hair,
- mouth rinses,
- household cleaners,
- air fresheners,
- hand sanitizers.
How is tea tree essential oil obtained?
Just like any other essential oil, the factory takes a lot of clean, fresh leaves from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant and steams them. The result is an oily distillate, an almost or completely colorless liquid with a strong camphor smell. Tea tree oil goes on sale both in pure form and in diluted form - most often 5% and 15%. It's always the essential oil, not the regular one.
11 ways to use tea tree oil
The plant itself is just a tree: an excellent building material (the natives preferred to use it on boats). Flowers, fruits and bark are not of great value, and the most important thing that Melaleuca has is leaves. However, they are rarely used in their natural form today, but the essential oil obtained from them is considered a very valuable product.
Tea tree oil has four main effects:
Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds, including terpinen-4-ol, which kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. Terpinen-4-ol also increases the activity of white blood cells, which help fight germs and other foreign invaders. These properties make tea tree oil a valuable natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infections, and promoting healing.
Tea tree oil can be a powerful weapon against acne, which ruins the lives of a huge number of people. Several studies have shown that it helps to reduce both the amount of inflammation on the face and the overall severity of the disease. To use the power of tea tree against acne, you can buy ready-made cosmetics containing this component or use homemade recipes.
How to use: a few drops of oil can be dropped into your favorite cream or diluted with water (4 drops in half a glass of water, applied with a cotton pad to problem areas once a day). In its pure form, tea tree essential oil can only “burn” pimples pointwise, but in no case should you smear the entire face.
Here and below we mean 100% undiluted tea tree essential oil. If you have oil with 5% or 15% Melaleuca alternifolia in stock, the dosage is calculated differently (you need to increase its amount).
Research has shown that tea tree oil can eliminate mild to moderate dandruff associated with the yeast Pityrosporum ovale. For this, it is optimal to use shampoos containing 5% essential oil. In people with dandruff who used this shampoo daily for four weeks, the condition improved significantly (by 40%).
How to use: is best left to the professionals and buy a special shampoo, but you can also just add 4-5 drops of oil to 1 serving of your regular shampoo.
Treatment of fungal diseases
Tea tree oil has the ability to kill a variety of yeasts and fungi. Most research has focused on the fungus Candida albicans, which commonly affects the skin, genitals, throat, and mouth. In addition, there is evidence that terpinen-4-ol enhances the activity of the common antifungal drug fluconazole.
According to research by Italian pharmacists, tea tree oil can be used to treat head lice. The essential oil is especially effective against living individuals; for eggs, it is recommended to supplement therapy with traditional preparations containing nerolidol.
Suggested use: Use this method with caution when treating children with head lice. Their skin is more sensitive than adults and the oil can cause an allergic reaction.
Relief of symptoms of contact dermatitis
Tea tree oil in some cases relieves the symptoms of skin diseases, in particular contact dermatitis, which occurs when the skin comes into contact with an allergen.
Application tip: The easiest way to deal with this problem is to use special oil-based creams. However, if these are not readily available, you can make your own remedy by mixing 10 drops of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and one tablespoon of coconut oil.
Decontamination of minor scratches
Tea tree oil can be used to treat and disinfect minor cuts and abrasions to reduce the bacteria that contribute to infection. In addition, the oil helps reduce inflammation and triggers the activity of white blood cells, which play an important role in the healing process.
Directions for use: Apply a few drops of oil to a fresh dressing to stop the growth of disease-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. It is best to drip between layers of gauze without allowing the oil to come into direct contact with the skin. But, if the oil is already diluted (5 drops per teaspoon of olive or coconut), you can safely lubricate the cut with it.
Help with dental problems
Diseases of the teeth and gums can be treated not only with traditional medicines, but also with herbal ingredients. According to medical research, dental gel or toothpaste containing tea tree oil may be beneficial for people with a predisposition to cavities or chronic gum disease.
How to use: If you don't have a special gel, you can make your own tea tree oil mouthwash. To do this, dilute 1 drop of oil in a glass of water. Shake before use. Avoid swallowing.
Using tea tree oil as a natural hand sanitizer helps fight many of the germs that cause colds, flu and other illnesses. In an antiseptic that contains this substance, there may be much less other, less natural ingredients.
Insect control becomes a real problem during the warmer months and we often lean towards natural remedies over chemical ones. Tea tree helps in this case too. Its oil has been proven to be an excellent insect repellent, in some cases even more effective than standard insecticides or repellents.
How to use: Mix 1 cup of water and 20 drops of oil, add to a spray bottle and spray on a pest-infested area. You can also spray clothes and skin directly (only for the face, as we remember, the proportions should be “thinner”).
Sweat odor control
Tea tree oil's antibacterial action helps control sweat-related odor. Sweat itself does not smell, however, when the sweat glands meet with bacteria on the skin, that very unpleasant odor arises. Tea tree oil is a natural alternative to traditional deodorants and antiperspirants.
Tea tree oil's antibacterial properties make it easy to disinfect bathroom tiles, windows, floors and other surfaces.
Directions for use: There are a number of ready-made detergents, but if you don't like them, we recommend adding 20 drops of oil to a mixture of water (1 cup) and apple cider vinegar (1/2 cup). The resulting product is most conveniently sprayed from a spray bottle, shaking it before use. Also, a few drops of oil added to the humidifier will make the air itself fresher and at the same time help to conduct an aromatherapy session.
What you need to know about tea tree oil before using it
Even the most beneficial product can have contraindications, and tea tree oil is no exception.
The main thing to remember is that essential oil has nothing to do with virgin oil. Essential oils of many plants can only be used externally. With tea tree in this regard, everything is very strict. The permissible maximum is rinsing with water with a small amount of oil. Swallowing tea tree oil is strictly prohibited (unless, of course, you want to earn indigestion and an altered state of consciousness).
The second important warning in general applies to all new products that you are going to put on the skin: first test, then use. Before you start using tea tree oil recipes, make sure you are not allergic to it. To do this, just put one drop on the forearm and wait for a day. If there are no redness and rashes, you can safely experiment.
Another obligatory point concerns the concentration of the essential oil. In its pure form, it has very strong properties and can cause burns to the skin and mucous membranes, even if you are not allergic to it. Be sure to dilute it with water or other neutral oils. Apply with extreme caution to mucous membranes (this is permissible, but only at a low concentration of the substance).
Do not use oil on burns. Avoid contact with eyes.
Tea Tree Oil
Recipes for all occasions
* HEAD *
HAIR AND HAIR FOLLICLE CLEANSING: Add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil to a single serving of your shampoo and conditioner and use as needed.
DANDRUFF: proceed as above. Leave the shampoo on for a few minutes, then rinse.
DRY HAIR: Moisten combs, brushes and linen with tea tree solution (3 drops in a glass of hot water).
EAR PAIN: heat olive oil with tea tree oil in a ratio of 2:1, put 1-2 drops in the ear. Repeat as needed.
COUGH, COLD, COUGH: add 10 drops of oil to an inhaler, inhale before going to bed, rub a few drops into the skin of the bridge of the nose and forehead for a runny nose.
THROAT, LARYNGITIS: add 5 drops of oil to warm water and gargle 2-3 times a day.
NOSE ULCERS: soak a cotton ball in a 1:5 mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil, and gently apply to the affected area.
* FACE *
BARLEY: Put 2-3 drops of oil into a cup of hot water. Hold your face for 5 minutes over the steam.
ACNE (ACNE): Apply 2-3 drops of oil to the infected area twice a day. Add oil to your facial cleanser.
AFTERSHAVING: used as a powerful antiseptic, mixed with any of the oils in a ratio of 1:4.
COLDS, HERPES, CRACKED LIPS: Boil 3 drops of tea tree oil in a glass of water. Treat colds and herpes gently with a cotton swab twice a day.
* TEETH *
GINGIVITIS, BLEEDING OF THE GUM: dissolve 3-5 drops of oil in a small glass of boiling water, rinse twice a day.
CARIES: put 2 drops of oil on your toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Rinse your mouth 3 times a day with water and 5 drops of oil.
DENTAL PAIN: Rinse your teeth with water and tea tree oil, apply a cotton swab with oil on the sore spot.
* BODY *
BURNS: treat the burnt area with ice water for 1-2 minutes, apply a few drops of oil on the burnt surface, massage gently. Repeat twice a day. This treatment helps to avoid infection of the skin, to maintain its integrity.
CUTS AND ARASSES: Apply tea tree oil.
BRONCHITIS: rub the chest with 5 drops of oil, put a warm towel on the chest (you can wrap a heating pad in it) for 1-2 hours.
INSECT BITES: Rub tea tree oil on the affected area. If the bite area is significant, mix 1 part tea tree oil with 5 parts other vegetable oil.
DERMATITIS: rub in a few drops of oil using 1 part tea tree oil to 10 parts other cosmetic oil.
ECZEMA: make sure the skin is dry and apply tea tree oil to the affected area
SHORING: Mix 1 part tea tree oil with 10 parts of any oil. Warm the mixture and apply to the painful area two or three times a day until the pain subsides. Add 10 drops of oil to a hot bath for heat therapy.
RHEUMATISM: mix any warm oil in equal parts with tea tree oil and rub into the painful area until completely absorbed.
TROPHIC ULCERS: apply directly to ulcers 2-3 times a day.
WART: gradually apply 3-5 drops of tea tree oil to the steamed wart so that it is completely absorbed. Use until warts fall off. This may take several weeks.
* LEGS AND FEET *
SPORTS INJURIES AND STRAINS: Rub pure tea tree oil on your feet. Use a daily anti-stress moisturizer for legs and feet with the addition of tea tree oil.
corns and blisters: rub tea tree oil on damaged areas. It is also useful to add 5 drops of oil to the foot bath.
* PERSONAL CARE *
VAGINAL CLEANSE: Dissolve 8-10 drops of tea tree oil with 0.5 liters of boiling water and use the chilled douche mixture.
SHAVING THE BIKINI AREA: after shaving, apply tea tree oil mixed with any of the oils in a ratio of 1 to 4. Repeat 2 times a day. The redness and swelling will disappear.
CLEANSING SKIN: Tea tree oil is known to be able to penetrate very deep layers of the skin. Add 1-2 drops of this oil to a single serving of your cream or lotion to help moisturize and soften skin.
* HOUSEHOLD USE *
Rooms tend to accumulate a large number of different viruses and germs, synthetics, carpets, cleaning solutions and paints can cause allergic reactions. Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic. Thus, cleansing, washing, and washing with the addition of this oil is a safe natural means of cleansing the home environment.
HUMIDIFICATION: Add 10 drops of oil to the humidifier to purify the air and eliminate unpleasant odours.
BATH: add 10 drops of oil to a warm water bath. Take no more than 20 minutes. You will feel a pleasant softening of the skin.
DECUCUSPERS: Applications of a small amount of oil can help treat pressure sores. Use a mixture of tea tree oil with olive or other oil in a ratio of 1 to 5.
* BABY CARE *
Use a very small amount of tea tree oil mixed with other oils in a ratio of 1 to 10 on children's skin, as Baby skin is very delicate and sensitive.
WASHING DIAPERS: Add 20 drops of pure oil to 4 liters of hot water. Stir and soak diapers overnight to disinfect.
SCRUPS ON THE HEAD: rub a mixture of oil with another oil in a ratio of 1 to 10 into the scalp, leave for 5 minutes, rinse. Use baby shampoo.
EAR INFECTION: add 1-2 drops of a warm mixture of other oils with tea tree oil in a ratio of 1 to 10.
COUGH: add 10 drops of pure tea tree oil to an inhaler. Put a drop of oil on your pillow.
* AROMATHERAPY *
MASSAGE: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with lotion. Such a massage can relieve muscle pain, make the skin soft and fresh.
HUMIDIFYER: add a few drops of oil to the spray and humidifier and place it in the room where the sick person is. This will help freshen and deodorize the air.