Tea tree oil: an ally of health, beauty and even house cleaning

The name is somewhat difficult? and maybe you have never heard or paid too much attention. Tea tree oil, however, is present in more products than you might think: shampoos, soaps, creams and even toothpastes, for example.

Dermatologist Livia Pino, a member of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, with postgraduate studies in Dermatology from the General Polyclinic of Rio de Janeiro, and a professor at the School of Medicine of Valencia and Preceptor of the Postgraduate Dermatology Outpatient Clinic of the Rio de Janeiro, highlights that this is an oil with many purposes. "It's extracted from a common tree in Australia, tea tree or tea tree," he says.

"Besides being very aromatic, the oil has excellent antiseptic properties, as it has antibacterial and antifungal action," adds the dermatologist.


Tea tree oil generally works as a bactericidal, fungicidal, healing, antiseptic, antiviral and immunostimulant. Therefore, its numerous benefits deserve highlighting. In the cosmetic industry it is widely used in acne treatment products, shampoos, nail base and deodorants.

There are still those who choose to buy pure oil, betting on homemade recipes with it, although such recipes do not always have efficient results.

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Below you know better tea tree oil and understand why it can be a great ally!

10 benefits of tea tree oil

Some of the benefits of tea tree oil are:

  1. Treatment of diseases and conditions of the skin. "It is used in some skin diseases and conditions acting as an immune system booster (such as in the treatment of viral warts and candidiasis)," explains Livia.
  2. Helps in the treatment of nasal congestion. In cases of nasal congestion, it can be an ally in helping to release the airways.
  3. Aromatic use at home and also to combat the mildew of the environment. With strong bactericidal and antifungal action, the oil can be an ally in cleaning the house, besides having a pleasant smell.
  4. Hair treatment. • In shampoos, it is used for oily roots, cleaning the scalp well without drying out the hair. Are there already good products with this asset ?, comments Livia.
  5. Treatment for acne. "The oil is used in acne treatment products as it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action," explains the dermatologist.
  6. Post waxing. Also due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it can be a good ally after shaving.
  7. Nail care. Livia explains that, in nails, the oil can be used as a complement in the treatment of mycosis, as well as in hydration.
  8. Oral health. This is because the oil has antibacterial action, helping to prevent and even treat bad breath, gingivitis and tartar plaques.
  9. Deodorant. As it has antibacterial action, the oil can be used as a good deodorant.
  10. Relief of muscle pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help treat, for example, that post-workout pain.

Some ongoing studies have linked tea tree oil to anticancer properties. Some mouse studies have shown solid cancer reduction with tea tree oil. It seems that this happens by activating the immune system. But do you still need more accurate scientific evidence ?, highlights Livia.


9 uses of cleansing, health and beauty of tea tree oil

Want to know how to enjoy the benefits of tea tree oil in the best way, in different cases? Check out the tips below:

1. Treat oily hair

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Livia explains that it is possible to dilute about 5 to 10 drops of oil in the shampoo bottle. "But the ideal is to buy products already manufactured for this purpose," he says.

2. Treat acne skin

Some bet on using a mixture of five drops of tea tree oil with two teaspoons of honey and wiping it directly on the face, letting it act for a minute, and then rinsing.

Dermatologist Livia advises, however, to give preference to industrialized products. "After all, putting oil directly on acne skin is not good," he says.

3. Post Depilation

For post-depilation, Livia points out, you can mix a few droplets of tea tree oil in after-sun cream or aloe vera gel and rub it directly on the skin.

4. Armpit and foot deodorant

Lívia advises mixing a few drops (5) for each 100ml of water and using the mixture as an underarm and foot spray.

5. Relieve nasal congestion

The tip is to mix three drops of oil in a small bowl with water and boil the mixture. Then simply rest the container in a safe place (being careful not to burn yourself) and inhale this cooling vapor deeply for about 15 minutes.

6. Refreshing Mouth

Just dilute a drop of oil in two cups of warm water and make a mouthwash once or twice a day.

7. To clean the house

Just add five drops of tea tree oil plus five drops of lavender oil in a multipurpose of your choice and apply to the floor.

8. To treat and disinfect minor cuts or bruises

Make a mixture of five drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender essential oil and apply over the spot. Remember, however, to clean the affected area thoroughly with water before then. The tip applies only to minor cuts or bruises.

9. To take care of nails

One or two drops of tea tree oil can be applied directly to the nails to moisturize them and even combat mycoses.

Although there are today several? Homemade tips? To use tea tree oil for health and beauty care, remember that the best option is still to bet on the specific products for each case: for example, toothpaste, shampoo, cream etc. that already contain the oil in its composition.

The ideal is to use industrialized products recommended by the dermatologist. Using the wrong concentration of the product or a wrong indication can cause damage to the skin, nails and health?, Says dermatologist Livia.

Where to find tea tree oil

Oil can be found in many products such as shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, toothpastes, creams. Or, as an essential oil, for sale in some natural product houses and websites.

Force of Earth tea tree oil for R $ 29.59 at Natue

BioEssence tea tree oil for R $ 41,50 at Natue

Ikove tea tree oil for R $ 34.67 at Lar Natural

Melaleuca Nail Oil for R $ 14.11 at Seiki Perfume

Melaleucapor Antifungal Oil R $ 79,90 at Walmart

Melaleuca Aerosol Oil for R $ 44 at Bela Vida Natural

Tea Tree Oil Scarf for $ 55 at Nikkey Cosmetics

Nails tea tree oil for R $ 29,90 at Época Cosmeticos

Facial cleansing with tea tree oil for R $ 36,45 at Biovea

Toothpaste with tea tree oil for R $ 33,20 at Biovea

Tea tree oil shampoo for R $ 47,55 at Biovea

Fallout shampoo with melaleuca for R $ 31,99 at Dafiti

Talk to your dermatologist to make sure you are betting on the right product for your needs!

Contraindications of tea tree oil

The oil should never be used orally. It should not be applied in large quantities directly to the skin and / or hair. The best way to enjoy its benefits is to have the advice of a dermatologist or dentist (in the case of oral care). They will indicate the correct usage and concentrations for each case.

If the name seemed strange before, you now know some cosmetics that contain tea tree oil in their formulations, and know why this oil can be a great ally of your health, beauty and, in some cases, even the cleaning of the house. . Remember, however, that health is not being played, so to enjoy the benefits of oil, the most correct is to have professional guidance.

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