Recently, essential oils have been playing a large roll in my life. Unfortunately, I had to leave my essential oil book at home, which is kind of a bummer, since it was a big part of what I have been wanting to learn. Traveling with a heavy essential oils book, with backpackers backpack, just wasn’t happening. So, I have been trying to research in my spare time about different essential oils. Learning about essential oils can be a bit overwhelming, mainly because there are so many “things” you can do with each one. I am still trying to comprehend what each essential oil can be used for, but I still have a lot to learn ( sigh, of excitement/ holy crap there is a lot to learn). Tea tree essential oil is one that is my current focus, honestly I took an interest in it about four to five months ago, when I learned it helps to eliminate arm pit toxins. This was actually great news, considering I hadn’t found the best vegan deodorant to use at the time, and spoiler alert, I finally found an amazing deodorant! I put that stuff on everyday probably about three times, since I’m mostly outside sweating, but that’s for another blog. Back to the amazing possibilities of essential oils, I recently found out that tea tree oil can help combat acne. I was like, “shut up!” This just proves to me, that uncovering more into the mysterious world of essential oils will have quite a positive effect on my life. Trying to move out of the world of “Western,” medicine as much as possible. Not to say there isn’t a time, or place for Western medicine, because there are times it comes in handy, but with my lifestyle, I’d like to be as drug, and toxin free as possible. This is why essential oils, ( excuse the pun), but have become an essential part of my life.
Tea tree essential oil dries out the acne, and can help very oily skin, which I actually just learned about. Your skin produces this substance, seborrhea, this is what makes your skin oily. The seborrhea, comes from a hormone, and comes out of your pores. Your skin starts to break out from the oils, usually when you are going through puberty. It’s funny, in high school I had extremely clear skin, I started to break out in my 20s. Now, like everyone else, I have tried to figure out how to keep my skin as clear as possible, without any harsh chemicals. The tea tree oil seems like a step in the right direction to dry out any acne on the face, or body. Of course, the tea tree oil needs to be diluted, and I have seen it recommended all over, that you use witch hazel. Here is an easy recipe for acne spot treatment. Make sure that you only do this one to two times a week, as to not dry out your skin. Never use your fingers, and make sure you clean your face before applying the acne spot treatment. I will be trying this method in a few weeks, once my bank account goes back up, and I’m on the big island of Hawaii. My tea tree oil broke when it was in my backpack a.k.a. luggage ( very sad about that), so I need to purchase another one. Please let me know how well this method works for you, after you try it for one to two months. If it doesn’t work for me, or you I will test out a new recipe. It’s kind of fun testing this all out, let me know if you enjoy it as well.
20 drops of tea tree essential oil
1/4 cup of witch hazel
Pour into a small glass jar, and use a q-tip to apply to your acne. Do not double dip, and do not use the same tip of the q-tip for all the acne spots. One side of the q-tip per acne spot; this will prevent your acne from spreading.