Same as MissK below, I've used a number of brands of Tea Tree oil to spot treat and disinfect over the years, and haven't noticed a difference in effectiveness. Currently using Holista.
One treatment I love with this stuff is to fill a bowl with hot water, add 2-3 drops of tt oil and soak a facecloth. Wring out the water and lay the facecloth on like a mask -- like those hot towels they used to give us on plane rides. Love doing this after I've been out on a particularly smoggy day.
If you want to try this, don't use too much and not too hot with the water. It's a strong refresher and might leave you flakey tomorrow.
I'll stop buying this when companies stop making it. :)
It's taken a while for me to fully appreciate this oil, but I'm slowly finding that I use it more and more. I'd tried it neat on my pimples years ago, but I don't think it suited my skin and wasn't very effective. However, when a few drops are added to warm water and then used I've found it has been great at treating pimples. I recently had two very nasty ear piercing infection that required oral antibiotics. I also used this daily (diluted in warm water) with cotton wool, to bathe the area and it has healed and cleared up so well. I also put a drop or two in my shampoo and shower gel.
I now love the smell as I associate it with healthiness and healing. I think I'll always have a bottle of this about my home.
Tea Tree Oil is one of the few items I can honestly say I don't think I'd be willing to live without. I have tried multiple different brands and find that as long as the product is natural, 100% Tea Tree essential oil, they all work the same.
What I use it for:
> I apply tea tree oil, undiluted, between my toes nearly every day to treat and prevent my otherwise chronic athlete's foot. This has been the most effective treatment I have used for my feet. I also add tea tree oil to a blend of peppermint oil and lavender/peppermint infused water or witch hazel that I keep in a spray bottle in my work locker - I find this blend prevents and gets rid of foot odor, and also helps prolong the life of my work shoes (I wear the same ones everyday and w/o this spray they get stinky fast and start causing more athlete's foot outbreaks).
> I also use tea tree oil, undiluted, as a spot treatment for pimples, minor cuts and scrapes, and minor burns or skin irritations. It works great for me, although I would suggest you dilute it in water if your skin is sensitive or if you're not certain how your skin will react to an undiluted essential oil.
> Many of my favorite products contain tea tree as a main ingredient - I love deoderants, shampoos, body washes, foot lotions and dental hygeine items that contain tea tree. I find that it helps in any products meant to deodorize, soothe, control oil, or treat volatile problem skin.
Overall: I love it and I'll keep buying it indefinitely. But recommend anyone trying it out for the first time dilute it and also perform a patch test to make sure you don't have a bad reaction to it. continued >>
This essential oil has many different uses as an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and as an antiseptic. Although most people will associate tea tree oil with its medicinal properties, but did you know that it is also believed to have beneficial beauty properties as well?
Tea tree oil is no stranger to traditional medicine and has been used for years to treat various viruses, fungi, and bacteria, something that most ingredients and chemicals are not able to do alone. Tea tree oil is used to treat minor skin infections, cuts, bruises, acne, and eczema.
As wonderful as it is for the skin, this essential oil isnít just limited to skin irritations, it is also used as a healing facial cleanser and face mask. Tea tree oil has also been found to be successful at treating dry scalp and dandruff, and is used in many shampoos and conditioners. For dry or damaged hair, add a few drops of pure oil to your scalp comb through put a cap on so your pores can open up then use your regular shampoo and your dry scalp/dandruff will be banished. It also unclogs hair follicles thus helping my hair grow. The tingling effect also stimulates blood flow and helps with hair growth as well.
With its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, it's no wonder that it is used for the treatment of dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis.
fungal nail infections
Although some studies show that tea tree oil is slightly less effective than benzoyl peroxide for curing mild to moderate acne, it generally has fewer side effects. Some of these side effects include: stinging, burning, itching, and dryness.
When using tea tree oil as a home remedy for acne you will need to dilute it in pure aloe vera gel at a ratio of 2-3 drops of tea tree oil per one ounce of aloe vera.
I have been using different types of tea tree oil for years. I add it to my shampoo when I have build up or dandruff. I put it on pimples and by morning they are gone. You can also use this to disinfect make up brushes. Wonder why you are breaking out, check your brushes!! I read about using it as a muscle rub so I plan on trying that. I have also read about using it for yeast infections but that just scares me. You can use this in the bath but it is what I call a "sitter" oil meaning it sits on the water. Add it to a carrier oil first and it will disolve better. One word about oils, some are for internal and some are for external. If you are unsure, ask a health food store.
I started using the Tisserand Organic Tea Tree Oil ($11.50 @ Ulta) 2 weeks ago and my skin already looks F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S! My skin hasn't looked this good since high school! The pimples I had on my chin and forehead dried up in 2 days. My skin is devoid of red spots that others claim the TTO leaves behind when drying up pimples. I use the tea tree oil in two ways:
1.A full drop mixed in with my Garnier Moisture Rescue Lightweight Lotion.
2. 1/3 of a drop on a cotton swab diluted with water.
I usually get a pimple every 1-4 days, but have yet to see any new pimples form since I began using TTO.
A permanent part of my cleansing routine ;)
Let me tell you, this stuff is GREAT! It's so cheap and it works wonders.I have very sensitive skin and it's so refreshing and keeps break outs at bay! Also, I put it in my hair. Gets rid of flaking!
Tea Tree Oil has become my secret weapon in fighting off breakouts. I use 100% Australian Tea Tree Oil in two ways: In a concentrated form and also in a diluted form.
For the concentrated form, I take a cotton tip (Q-tip) and lightly dip it into the bottle and apply onto the pimple. Make sure to only apply on the pimple and not on the skin around the affected area because this will only dry out your skin and may cause further redness. I usually do this when I spot a pimple coming up and this reduces the redness and prevents it from growing further overnight. It will feel a little tingly on the skin, but it shouldn't feel too unbearable.
In the diluted form, I usually like to moisten a cotton pad (or cotton ball) and apply 1-2 small drops of the tea tree oil. Squish it together in the cotton pad (or ball) and apply to my T-Zone area which is usually where I get the most breakouts. It feels tingly and cooling on the skin and it has helped stop me from getting large red bumps all over my forehead.
However you choose to use it, remember that you SHOULDN'T apply the concentrated tea tree oil all over your face like you would with a toner or moisturizer. This is because tea tree oil is very drying on the skin and can cause flakiness and stinging. If you do use it like a toner, ALWAYS dilute it with water!! and don't forget to follow-up with a good moisturizer afterwards.
Overall, the only downside for me is the cost and smell. For a small vial it is pretty expensive, but you only need a small drop with each use. It smells like Vick's Vapo-Rub or eucalyptus leaves which I hate.
Last week I suffered from a horrible break out. Nothing was working for me so I decided to buy TTO. Let me tell you, this is one of the best purchases I've ever made! I purchased the 100% pure austrailian tea tree oil and use it as a toner all over my face. Literally 2 days later my skin cleared up!! I couldn't believe how great this worked for me. I rarely get bad breakouts but when I do they are horrible and take forever to clear up :( This is the only product that I feel actually worked for me and worked fast! It was a pretty good price, i got a 3 fl. oz bottle for $7 at Walmart and I can tell this bottle is going to last a pretty long time. Let me warn you, this stuff is very drying!! So only use it when needed and use with a good moisturizer. Overall I'm really impressed with TTO and definately reccommend it to anyone who suffers from a bad breakout :]
I just started using tea tree oil a few weeks ago and I can't believe this stuff. I hope I am not speaking too soon here, but I think this is actually stopping my break outs. I have generally good skin, but I still suffer from hormonal break outs frequently. Usually when I see a pimple forming, nothing I do to it will stop it. Now, If I see a pimple form and I put a dash of pure tea tree oil right on it, It literally stops it in its tracks and it just goes away and does not form. I also use it all over my face. I usually just mix a little in my moisturizer or use on a wet cotton pad. I am telling you, I have not had a pimple in nearly a month. Before this, I would have at least one or 2 on my face consistently at a time. Hormonal acne is a b*tch to get rid of, and I think I finally found something that can stop it. If anything changes I will edit this post because it is kind of early, but as of right now I am amazed and loving it. One con is of course the very strong smell, but it does go away so it's all good.
Update, While I still like this as acne treatment, unfortunately I have began my breakouts again in my usual areas. I am so bummed.