The many healing and medicinal properties of tea tree oil

The many healing and medicinal properties of tea tree oil

  • Tea tree oil comes from the Australian tree called Melaleuca alternifolia, known more commonly as the tea tree. The essential oil is distilled from the plant using steam. Tea tree oil has so many great uses and health benefits.
  • Let’s look at some of the many health benefits of this versatile tea tree oil.
  • Acne:
  • Tea tree oil is known to help with acne. It doesn’t work as fast as conventional products like benzoyl peroxide, but it comes without the undesirable side effects.
  • It is recommended to dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil (such as almond oil before applying it directly to the skin.
  • Athlete’s foot:
  • A study done at the University of Michigan Health System suggests that cream that contains 10% tea tree oil can be effective for treating athlete’s foot.
  • Upon further research, they also found that 100% tea tree oil when applied externally can be as effective if not more as the 10% tea tree oil cream.
  • Tea tree oil treats onychomycosis, which is a fungal infection of the toenails.
  • Skin conditions:
  • Tea tree oil when applied to the skin is known to help relieve inflammation.  It  also has antibiotic properties, which makes it effective for killing bacterial infection on the skin.
  • A University of Michigan’s study reported that staph infections can be relieved or even prevented using a 5% tea tree oil body wash.
  • Antiseptic properties:
  • Tea tree oil works as an excellent antiseptic. It is important to treat open wounds, as they can be vulnerable to bacteria and fungi. Tea tree oil can prevent infections when applied to open wounds.
  • Antimicrobial properties:
  • Tea tree oil has powerful antimicrobial properties. It is often used to treat conditions like tropical fever, malaria, and more.
  •  Antiviral functions:
  • With its antiviral properties, tea tree oil can ward off viral infections
  •  Relieves cold & flu symptoms:
  • As a potent expectorant, tea tree oil can alleviate cold and flu symptoms.
  • Hair Loss:
  • As a natural anti-bacterial agent, it aids to unclog hair follicles. When hair follicles are clogged hair growth decreases. Using topical tea tree oil on scalp can stimulate blood circulation and help treat hair loss.
  • Insect repellent:
  • Insects and bugs do not like tea tree oil.  When applied to the skin,  tree oil repels bugs.
  • Disclaimer: Please consult your health practitioner before using tea tree oil, as it might not be right for everyone. Please do not ingest tea tree oil, and keep out of the rich of children, as certain amounts can be toxic.
  • How to treat hair loss.
  • For the best centipedes repellent using tea tree oil.
  • For a cockroach repellent using tea tree oil.
  • REFERENCES:
  • 1. Jernigan, Kristie. “Health Benefits of Tea Tree Oil.” Livestrong, 30 Mar. 2010. Web. 08 Apr. 2013.
  • 2. MD, Web. “Tea Tree Oil: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings “- WebMD.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2013.
  • 3. Staff, Healthwise. “Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia).” University Of Michigan Health System. 1995-2012 Healthwise, Incorporated, 29 June 2011. Web. 8 Apr. 2013.
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  5. i used it for 2 week on my 2 toes i have Athlete’s foot and it didn’t do anything. once in the morning and before bedtime didn’t help me any suggestions?

    • Hi Diana,
      Try keeping your feet clean and dry at all time. You can also try putting Apple cider vinegar on a regular basis.
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  9. i bought tea tree salve from a local farm (herb farm) and i use it on my pets (cats and dogs) as well. it is great for treating pets wounds and i use it for my dog’s hot spots. I also use for my dog’s paw pads. living in southern california, it is hot most of the time. the salve helps heal if their pads get burnt and makes them very soft, too. love your site!

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