Well hello there oh manly oilers and welcome back to the site where we discuss all things essential oils and their uses within the world of men. Today I write about Tea Tree essential oil benefits for men – 6 of them to be exact. Now obviously you can’t see my face as as I write this, but I am actually showing my confusion as I cannot believe I haven’t written abut this oil specifically in the past
The reason? Well firstly because there are just so many uses for this oil and secondly, it really does remind me of my childhood. You see, as a child we used to visit my grandmother on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia where the main vegetation/ground covering there was tea tree. The smell was everywhere and it was the first sign to us as kids that we had arrived at Grandma’s. Until it got into the water tank that is… that taste will scar you for life!
Anyway, let’s right a wrong now and check out what is a very commonly used and versatile essential oil…
What is Tea Tree essential oil?
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a small, strong looking shrub with a distinct odour which carries over to the essential oil distilled from the leaves. This is actually a different strain of the tea tree family than the one I grew up with, but it smells the same – put it this way, I didn’t realise it was different until I read about it.
Tea Tree essential oil contains many of the same compounds as other oils including α-pinene, α-terpinene, limonene, p-cymene, and terpinolene. Oh, and finally, in terms of my extremely scientific methodology as to whether this oil is manly (for the uninitiated, this is based purely on whether it smells ‘florally’ or not) I would have to place it happily in the manly category for sure.
What is it good for?
Tea Tree Essential Oil (or more commonly just referred to as Tea Tree Oil) has a long history of use as an anti-bacterial and antiseptic dating back to Indigenous Australians who used both the oil and leaves in treating infections and illness. In modern times, tea tree oil is a common ingredient in a large number of commercial off-the-shelf products including:
- Skin and Acne treatments
- Antiseptic ointments
- Facial care – toners, washes, oils etc.
- Sport liniments
- Head lice treatment – really effective for this
In terms of its suggested benefits, it is commonly referred to as being able to assist with the following:
- Anti-inflammatory, anti fungal and antibiotic properties making it good for minor cuts and scrapes
- Effective astringent properties making it good for the skin and hair
- As a means of clearing the sinuses – not as good as Eucalyptus oils, but not too bad apparently
What does science say?
Now you know I love a good bit of research, so if you are really just looking to see the uses for men, then you have my full permission to skip to the next section. For those of you with a little nerdy side like me, let’s check see if there is any actual proof that this tea tree stuff works. Firstly, Tea Tree Oil is listed as a poison in many countries – do NOT ingest this oil.
As it turns out, due to its common use in a number of off-the-shelf products – as listed above – there is actually a fair bit of research to be found on the benefits of Tea Tree Oil. Most of the research is based upon its anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and astringent properties with a number of studies actually conducted on Humans. Results are favourable however, as is common with most essential oil research, results are offered tentatively with the recommendation that more studies be undertaken.
One a side note – one site I did come across during my research discussed the use of tea tree oil during pregnancy. I know this is a site for us men however I did find this site post refreshingly honest about the uses of essential oils, in this case tea tree, during pregnancy. Just might be worth a read if you share a house with someone who is pregnant…
Anyway, let’s redial the testosterone levels and finally see what this oil can do for us males of the species…
Tea Tree essential oil uses for men
As I have stated above, there are a good number of off the shelf products containing tea tree oil that can be readily used for any number of purposes, many of which I have already outlined simply by listing the commercial products above.
For the purposes of this post then, I will leave them at that and really try to dig onto the manliness of it all below… Here we go…
1. Hand Sanitiser
Been fishing, hunting, Barbecuing or even just reading a book? Sanitize, and more importantly, deodorize those manly mits with a mixture of:
- 30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 1 Tbs Witch hazel
- 5 Tbs Aloe Vera Gel ( just to soften them up a little).
2. Insect repellent
This is another common commercial use for this oil due to its effectiveness – Mosquitos detest Tea Tree Oil – we never got bitten at Grandma’s that’s for sure. So for your next camping trip take a mixture of 20 drops of tea tree oils to 2 Tbs of Coconut or Jojoba oils and rub it straight onto the skin to keep the bugs at bay. Some in the diffuser with Peppermint or Lemon can be a handy approach to this problem as well.
We have tried Tea Tree oil in our diffuser with some lemon – manly smell – no mozzies!
Note: do not rub tea tree oil directly onto the skin without a carrier oil.
3. Cuts and scrapes
If you are anything like me, you don’t need to be doing too much in terms of manly behaviour to manage a cut or a scrape at some stage of the day. Again, there are a number of commercial products containing tea tree oil aimed at just this issue so if you are out and about and happen to experience an incursion upon your man-dermus, then you can try the following as a chemical free option:
Rinse the affected area with clean water and then mix 1 drop of tea tree oil per 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and apply directly to the skin. Cover if necessary.
Note: This remedy is for minor cuts and scrapes only and not intended to be a solution for anything larger than that. If you can see the bone, put the tea tree oil down and go to the hospital!
4. Chemical free cleaning
This is a little remedy I would recommend for those of you needing to clean fishing equipment or boats etc. Chemical cleaners leave a residue that can affect bait and tackle (and keep the fish away) so if you are looking for an alternative, try:
- 20 drops of tea tree oil,
- 3/4 cup of water and a
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (plain white vinegar will do here too)
Add ingredients to a spray bottle and use as you would a normal cleaner.
5. Cracked man-feet
I do this one and it really works… mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tbs of coconut oil and rub onto your cracked and cut feet (did someone mention Tinea?). You don’t have to tell anyone, just do it. In my opinion, all men need to know the pleasure of smooth, uncracked feet at least once in your lifetime. And drink more water, that helps here too (or stick your feet in those fish tanks where the fish eat the dead skin off of your feet – feels weird but well worth it).
6. Flea Control
And finally, this oil can also be of great benefit to man’s best friend. Should your furry little friend suffer from a little flea related discomfort, sprinkle a couple of drops of Tea Tree oil onto the bedding once you have treated them with a nice mixture of Lavender and coconut oil – 5 drops per tbs.
Peppermint, Lemon and Thyme essential oils will also work here but are not as gentle on the skin as Lavender.
So, there you have it, 6 manly tea tree essential oil uses for men – plus quite a few more for those significant others in your life. I hope it was helpful and please do not hesitate to comment below if there are any other uses you have, know about or have experience with.
And as always, until next time…
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