Using tea tree oil soap is a great way to fight germs and clean your skin at the same time.
Tea tree oil has been found to have powerful antiseptic and antifungal properties. Scientists have found an ingredient in tea tree oil can eradicate certain kinds of bacteria that are normally resistant to antibiotics.
Using this natural germ fighting oil is a great way keep nasty germs at bay and to help sanitize your home. The only thing you need to watch out for is that tea tree oil can have a strong pine-like scent to it. You should use a diluted form of tea tree oil; mixing a few drops in a bucket of water is a great way to make a powerful, natural cleansing wash for use around your home.
What I like about tea tree oil is that you can also use it in a variety of different products, such as body washes and soaps.
Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and it really helps control skin bacteria and removes excess sebum responsible for acne.
In fact, studies have found tea tree oil is effective against acne and causes fewer side effects than prescription-based acne medications. You can use this natural oil as a preventative step to controlling acne if it's caused by excess skin bacteria.
These healthy oil soaps may provide additional germ fighting powers to regular soap and may help reduce acne on your back and other body parts.
Just like other tea tree oil products, such as tea tree oil shampoo, it may be hard to determine exactly how much tea tee oil you're getting in your soap.
The best way is to look at the ingredient list. If your soap lists tea tree oil higher in the ingredient list, this may tell you that there are higher amounts of this healthy oil in it.
Unfortunately, most of the big corporate soap manufacturers don't list the ingredients in their soaps. However, you will find some natural product manufacturers do list their ingredients and this may be especially helpful if you have skin allergies or sensitive skin.
Some of the best soaps aren't soaps at all, but are really called soap-free cleansers. If you have sensitive skin, look for soaps that are free of foaming agents (sodium lauryl sulfate) and have a skin-friendly pH. This will ensure you get a nice deep clean without exposing your delicate skin to harsh detergents and man-made chemicals.
Some of the reputable natural skin care companies offer some excellent soaps containing tea tree oil.
Dr. Bonner Tea Tree Oil Soap
One brand you might be interested in is Dr. Bronner - Tea Tree Oil Castille Soap.
These are 100% organic soaps, certified organic by the National Organic Standards Program and packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic.
Dr. Bonners soaps provide a blend of healthy oils, including organic tea tree oil, coconut & olive oils, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil & vitamin E.
You may be able to get Dr. Bonners at your local health food store or organic store. If not, your can find it at some on-line retailers, such as Amazon.com and health-related web sites.
Of course, there are other brands available by reputable natural health companies. You can even get home-made tea tree soaps at your local flea market, health fairs and even on eBay.
You can use these soaps the same way you would use regular soaps. The only important thing to remember is that tea tree oil can really sting if you get it in your eyes.
With this in mind, you must pay particular attention to avoid getting the soap in your eyes. Also remember to completely rinse your hands free of any soapy residue; this will help you avoid accidentally rubbing your eyes with slight traces of tea tree oil on your hands.
Another thing to remember is to avoid letting any pets come in contact with tea tree oil and the soap. There have been reports that tea tree oil may be toxic to certain breeds of cats and dogs. Should your household pet ingest tea tree oil it is best to consult with your Veterinarian for the best course of treatment.
Tea tree oil has been used for hundreds of years by the Aborigines of Australia. They recognized this healthy oil's natural ability to kill germs and bacteria. With this in mind, you can be assured of using a substance that's completely natural and not man-made.
Photo of tea tree oil soap
Here's some beautiful home-made soaps I found on Flickr.com that are made with tea tree oil, eucalyptus, citronella and lemongrass
If you're looking for a natural cleansing solution, or you have certain allergies to man-made cleansing products, home-made tea tree oil soaps and cleansers may meet your needs.
If this is your first time using a soap or cleanser containing tea tree oil, you should always do a little skin test to make sure you're not allergic to tea tree oil.
Mother Nature's powerful cleansing oil may be just what you need for that deep, fresh clean.
For your convenience here are some more specialty soaps available at Amazon.com: