What is Tea Tree Oil?
It comes from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Tea Tree Oil is also known as melaleuca oil. It has also been used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for centuries. These native Australians crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing. You could also get the essential oils by steaming the leaves.
Description of the tree– It is an upright evergreen shrub with small, aromatic (when crushed), needle-like leaves and showy flowers in late spring and summer. Borne along the stems, the blooms may be single or double, in shades of red, pink or white depending on the varieties. The plant can grow from 6 ft to 10 feet tall
There are many benefits of tea tree oil. Benefits such as:
- Hand Sanitizer– Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, such as E. coli and H. influenzae.
- Insect Repellant– One study found that 24 hours after being treated with tea tree oil, cows had 61% fewer flies than cows not treated with tea tree oil. A test-tube study also revealed that the oil had a greater ability to repel mosquitoes than DEET which is the most common active ingredient in regular insect repellents.
- Natural deodorant– The oil’s antibacterial effects help to control underarm odor from perspiration. The sweat itself does not smell, it is when secretions from your sweat glands mix with the bacteria on your skin which produces a medium to strong odor. Your underarm area contains a large amount of these glands and is one of the main responsibilities for body odor. The oil’s bacteria-fighting properties let us use it as a natural alternative to regular deodorants and antiperspirants.–
- Aids in wound healing– Research has shown that tea tree oil helps reduce inflammation and triggers the activity of white blood cells that are helpful in the healing process. A few drops of tea tree oil can be added when dressing a wound.–
- Fight Acne– In one study, applying a 5% tea tree gel to acne lesions was shown to be more than three times as effective at reducing the number of lesions than a placebo. It was almost six times as effective in reducing severity of the acne.You could also make your own acne treatment by mixing one part tea tree oil with nine parts water and applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day. Tea tree oil might work slower than benzoyl peroxide, but it seems to be less irritating to the skin. When applied twice daily for 45 days, tea tree oil reduces several acne symptoms, including acne severity. Those using the tea tree oil also experienced fewer side effects.
- Get rid of nail fungus (onychomycosis)- Fungal nail infections are quite common. Although they aren’t dangerous, they can be repulsive. There are medications that treat nail fungus, though some people prefer a natural approach. Tea tree oil has been shown to help get rid of nail fungus when used alone or in combination with other natural remedies. You can use a few drops of tea tree oil alone or mix it with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply it to the affected area, lower concentrations of tea tree oil do not seem to be as effective. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after applying in order to avoid spreading the fungus to other areas.
- Soothe skin inflammation– A common form of skin irritation is contact dermatitis, which is when skin comes in contact with an allergen, like: nickel. Exposure to the allergen leads to red, itchy and painful skin. Tea tree oil may help quell inflammation, possibly due to its high concentration of terpinen-4-ol, a compound with anti-inflammatory properties.It may also provide relief from bug bite reactions by reducing the itching, redness and swelling that occurs when your body releases histamine to defend against the insect’s saliva.
- Treats Athlete Foot (Tinea Pedis)- It is a contagious fungal infection on the feet that can also spread to the toenails and hands. Symptoms include peeling, cracking, blisters and redness. Anti-fungal medications are considered standard treatments for athlete’s foot. Yet studies suggest that tea tree oil may also be an effective alternative for relieving symptoms.
Never digest Tea Tree Oil! Although Tea Tree Oil is relatively safe it may be toxic if swallowed. Also if it is your first time using the oil test a drop or two on a small patch of skin before use.
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