Tea Tree or Melaleuca alternifolia is native to Australia. The Aboriginal tribes have used tea tree to heal cuts, wounds, and burns for centuries. Captain Cook carried the oil to Europe where it became an instant hit. Today, science has proven that Tea Tree oil is an entire first aid kit in a single bottle. It is little wonder that the oil is used extensively in soaps and body washes, shampoos, cosmetics and beauty products as well as green cleaning products thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Let us study the myriad uses and health benefits of Tea Tree essential oil.
Throughout the medical world, medical data has been collected and shown that tea tree oil has antiseptic properties which can be use for treating and preventing dental issues, yeast infections, chronic cystitis, foot problems, acne, fungus and candida.
The essential oil is used as a strong antibacterial and antifungal agent in toothpastes, creams, lotions and gels. Herbalists and aromatherapists are known to recommend this oil, externally and internally, for many years. The oil is particularly beneficial in treating ringworm or tinea infections such as Jock Itch, Athletes Foot, tinea capititis and tinea versicolor. The antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil also make it excellent for use in household cleaners, detergents etc.
The oil’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce pain and inflammation. This is beneficial in treating wounds, blisters, skin rashes, abscesses, dental pain, etc.
Tea tree oil is used in mouthwashes to get rid of bad breath. Added to coconut oil and other skin soothing oils, tea tree oil makes an excellent deodorant to eliminate odor causing bacteria from the armpits.
The cytophylatic or cell regenerative property of tea tree oil is much praised and valued in skincare. As stated above, the oil has been used for centuries to speed up healing of wounds, cuts, burns and scars. The oil is also used in anti-aging products to reverse signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, etc. With everyday use, tea tree oil can protect against environmental damage that causes acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema etc.
Boil a pot of water and add a few drops of tea tree oil to it. Cover your head and face with a towel, while placing yourself safely and directly over the steaming water. Inhale the medicinal vapors of the oil deeply to get quick relief from nasal congestion, headache and sore throat.
Apply undiluted to the sores daily using a clean, sterile cotton wool. Also add a few drops to a glass of warm water and swish around the mouth to heal ulcers and sores.
Apply undiluted to the tags and warts. Within a few days the warts/tags will fall off.
Apply diluted (mix with coconut or olive oil). Use cotton ball to dab the mixture on the ringworm lesions 2-3 times daily. Do this twice a day for 2-3 weeks or until the ringworm is cured completely.
Add a few drops of the oil to your shampoo and apply to wet hair. Massage and work up a lather. Let the shampoo sit in hair for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Repeat after 2-3 days to get rid of lice and lice eggs.
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to warm olive oil. Using a dropper, add the mixture into the infected ear. Let the oil remain inside the ear for at least 10 minutes. Repeat 2 times a day until the pain and infection go away completely.
Use tea tree oil as an oral rinse to cure and prevent gingivitis, gum disease, bad breath/halitosis, etc., and to prevent cavities. Add a few drops to warm water and gargle with the mixture 2 times a day to keep the mouth healthy. You can also prevent plaque and sore gums with this remedy. Apply the oil to inflamed, abscessed teeth to get quick relief from pain.
Apply diluted at the base of the tail and in between shoulders to repel ticks and fleas. Also add a few drops to pet shampoo when bathing your pet. This will cure ringworm or fungal skin diseases and also repel parasites. Spray diluted tea tree oil (mixed with water) on pet bedding to repel fleas, ticks and other bugs.
Add tea tree oil to household cleaners and use it for wiping furniture, floors, countertops, sinks, bath tubs, etc., or to disinfect, deodorize and clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
As can be seen, tea tree oil is indeed an entire first aid kit in a single bottle. Do make it a part of your medicine cabinet!
Our products that contain organic tea tree essential oil:
Australian Tea Tree Oil Guide: First Aid Kit in a Bottle by Cynthia B. Olsen
Essential Oils for Health: 100 Amazing and Unexpected Uses for Tea Tree Oil by Kymberly Keniston-Pond
Essential Oils for Healing: Over 400 All-Natural Recipes for Everyday Ailments by Vannoy Gentles Fite, Michele Gentles McDaniel, Vannoy Lin Reynolds
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