I have mentioned before the various wonders of essential oils. They are a triple threat. Essential oils, especially the right ones, work wonders on your hair, skin and overall mood. For the past year or so there has been one essential oil that has been a staple to my skin care regimen, tea tree oil. A few drops of this stuff packs quite a punch. It's a fantastic antiseptic and it's great for healing insect bites and other minor cuts. However, if your not much of an outdoors man, then it has other excellent properties that are sure to make it  an essential element in your skin care kit.

Bacteria be gone

This is what makes tea tree oil such a essential oil. It's a powerful antiseptic, making it a great multipurpose oil to clean minor cuts, strings and topical bacterial infections.

Not for the faint of heart

It has a distinctive (albeit strong) smell. The con? It can be a bit overwhelming for some. The pros?You grow accustomed to the smell after several uses, not to mention after seeing all of the great results. Also, its acute smell makes it a great cold and flu fighter! Putting a drop or two in your bath or into a pot of hot water for a round of face steaming, will clear your sinuses in a jiffy. Another pro. It has a tingling sensation, letting you know that it's working as soon as you apply it to your body.

Your skin's BFF

I absolutely love using tea tree oil for treating pimples, because it works. Tea tree oil is great and natural alternative to Benzoyl peroxide (the magical ingredient in skincare products that helps to get rid of pimples) to help reduce acne.

Tea tree oil is to me, what Windex was to Gus Portokalos in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. If you pop a pimple, use tea tree oil by putting a dab on it to avoid scarring. If you feel a pimple getting ready to surface, use tea tree oil. Got a minor burn? You got it, use tea tree oil.

Dandruff destroyer

Nobody likes dandruff. Don't believe me? Remember Dandruff Danny from Hannah Montana? No! Exactly. On that note, who likes lice either? Add a little bit (and I do mean a little) to your shampoo when you wash your hair to keep those bugs away and get rid of dandruff!

A little goes a long way

You would think that with all its uses that you would need a jug of it to get it all done, but no! A little bit of tea tree oil goes a very long way, so you get more bang for your buck.

~Alexandra XO


Do you have any other natural home remedies that you love?