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It was the Australian Aborigines who first used tea tree oil for a wide range of  medical purposes. Once the first European settlers learned  of  its many benefits, the essential oil was used extensively throughout the world until later falling out of favor to penicillin. However, the following 10 examples show that tea tree oil can still work wonders for  various  aches or pains and can be used as a universal weapon in your household.

Warning:  tea tree oil is generally not suitable for internal use, especially for pregnant women.


1.  Nail fungal infections

As well as containing antiseptic and antibacterial agents, tea tree oil is a fungicide that can be used to combat nail fungal infections and athlete's foot. Use a cotton swab to apply pure, undiluted tea tree oil to affected areas once or twice a day until the infection has cleared up.

Make sure that only the affected areas come into contact with the tea tree oil. Undiluted tea tree oil can sometimes irritate the skin.

2.  Mold

As a fungicide, tea tree oil can also be used against mold on your walls. Spray tea tree oil around the affected room using a fan or use a cleaning agent containing the essential oil on the moldy areas.


3. Acne

Thanks to its antibacterial properties, tea tree oil can be very effective against outbreaks of acne. Studies have shown that tea tree oil leads to faster results than most acne medications containing benzoyl peroxide and is more gentle on your skin.

You can make your own face lotion by mixing five drops of tea tree oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Apply the lotion to affected areas, let it sit for one minute, and rinse it off.


4. Skin inflammations

As with acne, tea tree oil can help alleviate  other types of skin inflammation such as psoriasis or eczema. To treat rashes, use a lotion comprising  a teaspoon of coconut oil, five drops of tea tree oils, and five drops of lavender oil.