Health/Beauty

Tea Tree Oil: A Miracle Worker

Can I just say I think Tea Tree Oil is a miracle worker? Not only did it cure my “issue”, but it has at least 80 other uses for you.  Here are just a few:

  • Control acne breakouts
  • Helps heal ingrown hairs
  • Helps with mosquito bites
  • Can be used to prevent colds when put in homemade household cleaners

If you wanna see the whole list and be amazed you can find it here.

I got my belly button pierced last summer in Hermosa Beach, California while visiting.  I had been wanting one for awhile and figured, YOCO (You’re Only in California Once) πŸ˜› Anyway, it healed pretty well and I had no problems.  After about 8 months, I started to notice this little red bump that made it hurt.  After some research, I self diagnosed the bump as a keloid.  If you don’t know what a keloid is, you can go here for more information.

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During my research to find a cure, all I could find were expensive treatments or surgical removal.  I don’t know about you but the “s” word is way too freaky for me.  I continued to feel doomed like it was going to stay forever.

When I went back to California this past Spring Break, I stopped by the piercing shop I went to (Yer Cheatin’ Heart Tattoo) and asked the piercer what I should do and he recommended Tea Tree Oil.  So as soon as I got home, I went to good old Walgreens and went on the hunt for Tea Tree Oil.

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After I bought it for about $8, I started putting some drops on a q-tip and rubbed it on the keloid twice a day (once in the morning and once before bed).  It had a bit of a strong smell to it (kind of like Vick’s Vapo Rub)- but hey if it cured keloids I was up for anything.

After about two weeks of using it, the keloid was gone!! I have now been “keloid” free for two months and it feels amazing!

UPDATE 8/9/14: I recently got another keloid on my cartilage piercing and it was very painful.  After about 3 weeks of applying tea tree oil to the keloid twice a day, it has healed tremendously! I thought i’d share a transformation pic since I didn’t have any proof with my belly button keloid. {Warning:  It is kind of gross…..}

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UPDATE 6/6/16:  It as been almost 2 years and I have NOT gotten another keloid on my cartilage or belly button piercing since using the tea tree oil – YAY!

I wish more people knew about tea tree oil and its uses because not once did I find this oil in my research.

Have you heard of tea tree oil before and if so what have you used it for? If tea tree oil works for you, please comment below and let me know!

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20 Comments

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    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
    June 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    That is so cool that it got rid of the keloid so quickly (and much easier than surgery)! I have heard good things about tea tree oil but have never tried it. Actually, the other day I found a recipe for DIY sea salt spray for your hair, and it called for tea tree oil. The blogger said it was good for oily hair- which I have- so I was like OOOOH I NEED THIS. hah!

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      Marisa
      June 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Ashley- I know I was amazed at how quickly it healed! I feel like there are so many natural oils out there that work wonders that can be used instead of buying all these expensive treatments. And I’ve never heard of that DIY spray, I’ll have to try that out sometime! πŸ™‚
      -Marisa

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    Jessie
    June 11, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Marisa, this post was so informative, especially since I’ve never heard of tea oil before. Oh & can I just tell you I adore your skirt. So cute!

    BTW- thanks for the sweet comment you left on my about me page. You’re such a doll & I’m beyond blessed that we’ve found each others blogs πŸ™‚

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      Marisa
      June 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Jessie- Thank you so much! You’re so sweet, this comment totally made my day πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to following your blog more and seeing more of your posts πŸ™‚ Have a great rest of your week!
      -Marisa

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    Mar
    June 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I can’t wait to use for my rosacea, I actually have some in my bathroom closet, got it and never made a concoction up yet, if you know of a good mixture for acne/rosacea let me know. Enjoy your site!

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      Marisa
      June 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Mar- I unfortunately do not know of any mixtures for that, but if I ever find something I’ll be sure to let you know! Thanks for the comment! πŸ™‚
      -Marisa

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    Corinne
    June 15, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I love tea tree oil. When I was younger I used to use it for a spot treatment. It has so many uses!

    Corine x

    • Reply
      Marisa
      June 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      It’s amazing at what it can used for that’s for sure! : ) Thanks for sharing!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    June 15, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I love tea tree oil! I currently use a tea tree oily shampoo from Trader Joe’s that has changed my life. I ordered a new cleanser too that is made from tea tree oil, so I’m hoping that will help with the breakouts I’ve been having lately.

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      Marisa
      June 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Stacie- I have not heard of the shampoo, I’ll have to check that out! I’d love to hear how the cleanser works for you! : )
      – Marisa

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    Lindsay
    June 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I LOVE tree tea oil! I actually just got tea tree oil deodorant from the same brand as your oil. I’ll have to let you know how it is when I start using it πŸ™‚

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      Marisa
      June 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      I’ve never heard of a tea tree oil deodorant! I’ll have to check that out, i’m always changing up and trying new deodorants (still trying to find that “perfect” one : D)

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    Your Grandma
    June 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Marisa, about 25 years ago, I ran into a sales rep (distributor) for Melaleuca (sp?). Melaleuca was the newest, most exciting discovery for safe household cleaning at that time. But, like so many other ‘miracle’ compounds, it turned out to be something found in nature and used by humans for generations. Today, manufacturers put the main ingredient into a bottle, scent and color it, brand it, advertise it as “new,” and triple the cost to you . You are so smart to have discovered the REAL thing at the drug store and cut the ‘middle man.’ In nature, it’s free. (That’s why I’m an environmentalist and believe the earth belongs to everyone – but NOT to exploit for personal profit.) So, thanks for this website and reminding me about an old product that I need to find again (apparently now called tea tree oil). I LOVE natural products.

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      Marisa
      June 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Grandma- Thank you! I believe you that companies do that, which is such a shame. I’m starting to use more natural products and I love them! : )
      Love you!
      xo Marisa

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    Name*
    February 7, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Used tea tree oil on an elbow that itched with a small spot of psoriasis. After a few weeks it was gone and never came back!

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      Marisa
      December 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      That is wonderful that it can help with psoriasis, as I know many medications and creams can be expensive. Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    Kara
    December 3, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I just now saw this post and was curious – did you mix the tea tree oil at all or did you apply it directly to the keloids? I’ve heard it can be a bit drying if applied without being diluted. Your thoughts?

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      Marisa
      December 5, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Kara –

      I personally did not mix the tea tree oil or dilute it at all. I just put it on a q-tip and applied it directly to my keloids. I have also heard that it can be drying, but I never had any issues with it. Everyone has different skin types and reacts differently though, so you may need to dilute it if it is too strong and drying for you!

      I hope this helps! Let me know how it works for you πŸ™‚

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    Carine
    April 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I am going to try it. Unfortunately my keloid is at least four years old.

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      Marisa
      April 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Let me know if you have success with it! I know it took a few weeks to take mine away (that was pretty recent), so I wouldn’t be surprised if it took a little longer for you, but hopefully it works!

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