Guide to Tea Tree Oil Lotions
What the benefits of using a tea tree oil lotion?
Tea tree oil contains a natural antimicrobial ingredient called terpinen-4-ol that’s effective against a wide range of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
The advantage of using a tea tree oil-infused lotion is you get the natural germ-fighting properties of the tea tree oil with the skin-moisturizing benefits of the lotion.
Due to the growing popularity of tea tree oil, you can now get a variety of body care products with tea tree oils added to them.
Many natural body care products are blended with tea tree oils, almond oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E and C, aloe vera and other botanicals.
You can use a tea tree oil cream for spot treatments, such as acne and other blemishes.
Here’s a tea tree oil lotion from Bodyshop. It contains tea tree oil and another skin oil called Tamanu Oil from Madagascar.
Tamanu oil is from a tree native to Asian countries and it’s reported to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Combine this with the anti-microbial properties of tea tree oil and you have great skin lotion for acne prone areas.
How to Make your Own Tea Tree Oil Skin Lotion
Rather than buying pre-mixed products in the store, you add tea tree oil to your favorite body lotions right at home.
Simply add a few drops of tea tree oil to your favorite skin lotion and mix it well.
You can adjust the strength of your tea tree oil lotion by customizing how much tea tree oil you actually add to the lotion.
Be aware that the tea tree oil may also affect the overall fragrance of your body lotion.
How to use Tea Tree Lotions Safely
While tea tree oil is a natural product, there is still a possible risk for side effects from tea tree oils.
Due to the anti-septic properties of tea tree oil, there are a few important things to be aware of when using lotions containing this ingredient.
- Avoid putting the lotion near your eyes. You should wash your hands before touching or rubbing your eyes with your hands because the tea tree oil can cause a stinging sensation if you get any oil residue in your eyes.
- Tea tree oil lotion should not be ingested and should also not be used near your mucous membranes.
Cost of Tea Tree Oil Skin Lotions
The overall costs will depend on the actual ingredients used in the lotion.
Tea tree oils tend to fall under the natural health and organic categories, so some products may be priced slightly higher than regular body care products with man-made ingredients.
Some of the best places to find tea tree lotions are at organic food stores and online retailers.
Some popular brands names are Thursday Plantation and Jason Naturals.