I’ve struggled with acne and scarring ever since puberty, like every other teenager. Those nasty, sometimes painful pimples would take forever to subside and another million years for the marks to fade away. But off course, prescribed medication would give some relief but more so only temporarily.
In adulthood, the occasional zits and pimples pay me a monthly visit during the PMSing stage; announcing the impending arrival of Auntie Flo!! Don’t most of us go through that?
I’ve been dabbling into Essential Oils for quite some time now and for various purposes. They’re not to be confused with Aroma Oils. Essential oils are the purest oils derived by distillation process from plants, herbs, spices, roots, flowers, seeds etc. Direct skin contact with a pure Essential Oil is an absolute NO.
However, with proper precaution, Essential oils are a treasure cove with endless benefits. Here, I’ll discuss just one such use for now with Tea Tree Essential Oil. Tea tree, also known as Melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Thus, the oil is known to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi, as documented in various medical studies. It is widely used in skincare and beauty products across cosmetic companies.
I’ve paired the Tea Tree Essential oil with Coconut Oil and Witch Hazel. We all know the benefits of Coconut oil. Witch Hazel, on the other hand, is a medicinal plant which has strong antioxidant and astringent properties that are perfect for killing bacteria that lives within skin’s pores, stopping cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer, preventing signs of aging, and speeding up healing.
- Cold Pressed Coconut Oil: 1 Tablespoon
- Pure Witch Hazel: 10 drops
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: 8-10 drops (The one I use is called Joy by Nature Tea Tree Oil from Aroma Shop)
Mix the above ingredients in a glass bowl with either a plastic or ceramic spoon. Never use any metal spoons or bowls with essential oils as they may react to the elements within the metal thus rendering it ineffective. Store the mixture in a small plastic container in a cool and dry place. This mixture should last you up to 3-4 days. Apply generously on affected areas of your cleansed skin 2-3 times a day, preferably post a hot shower and moisturisation. Avoid the eye area. Make a fresh batch regularly. Works on all skin types. I’ve been using this concoction for spot applying on my acne and scarred areas and have seen visible positive results within a few days of application. Always conduct a patch test before using essential oils.
Let me know in the comments below about your experience with this recipe if you do give it a shot.
Until then.. Ciao!!
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