Improve Your Health With Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil comes from the island continent of Australia where it has been used by the Aborigines for a very long time. The oil is extracted from the leaves of Camella alternifolia, a tree belonging to the family Myrtaceae. You can recognize it by its smell, which is fresh and camphor-like. Aboriginal tribes drank boiled leaves of tea tree and also prepared poultices to treat cuts, skin infections and wounds.
What Does This Mean For Us?
Numerous researches have been done on tea tree oil. There is evidence to show that this oil has strong antibacterial properties which can be harnessed for improving the health of our skin.
Are you eager to know about the health issues it may help you banish? Read below to know more:
Top 3 Uses Of Tea Tree Oil:
The Pesky Pimples
A teenage/ adult problem of acnes can be resolved with the use of tea tree oil. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has found out that for treating acne, 5% tea tree oil is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil doesn’t irritate the skin though the action is slower than benzoyl peroxide. In an another study, tea tree oil was shown to reduce acne symptoms to a significant level, if applied two times in a day for 45 days.
Apply tea tree oil when your nails are infected. A study done on the use of tea tree oil showed some promising results: 100% tea tree oil when taken twice a day for 6 months can treat fungal toenail infection in nearly 18% of people. 56% of people noticed a visible change in the appearance of their nails in three months and 60% of patients in six months. This is at par with application of clotrimazole application twice daily.
Athletes’ Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Tea tree oil can cure foot infection. A clinical study showed that 10% tea tree oil brings out similar results as tolnafate 1% cream for curing Athletes foot. These include burning, itching, scaling and inflammation. But 25% or 50% must be used for 4 weeks to cure the infection completely. Also, bathing with a tea tree oil body & soap is good as it helps you stay safe from various infections.
Other Health BeneFits Of Tea Tree Oil
Lice And Dandruff
Washing hair with warm water and just 2 drops of tea tree oil can prevent lice growth. Using 5% tea tree oil shampoo every day for 4 weeks can minimize greasiness in people with dandruff, itchiness of the scalp and lesions too. A research suggests that lice eggs can be killed by combining tea tree oil with lavender oil. The same practice can reduce lice population too. In addition, it moisturizes skin, lessening chances of dandruff.
A common problem like this can be subsided with tea tree oil massage. It stimulates blood circulation thus promoting healthy hair growth. Tea tree oil is also useful in preventing premature hair graying.
Tea tree oil is useful in reducing the scar marks and spots that may be seen after boils, eruptions, pox and acne leave your skin.
Virus form cysts on the body to avert death. Tea tree oil help break the cyst walls to kill the virus and prevent future infection. Some of the viruses it is useful against include measles, mumps, influenza, common cold and small pox.
Open wounds are at a higher risk of getting infected by microbes like fungi and bacteria. Tea tree oil is the ideal antiseptic. The oil should be applied directly to the wounds like cuts, eruptions, insect bites, stings, boils, sores and more to save them from getting infected. The best part is that there are no side effect.
It is often used as an essential oil in aromatherapy. It forms a barrier against a large number of microbes and foreign particles. It can be blended with a lot of other oils like almond oil and olive oil.
Patients who do not respond to medications such as flucanazole should try tea tree oil to treat thrush. This is fruitful in the case of people who are suffering from HIV/AIDS. Swishing tea tree oil regularly for 2-4 weeks helps a lot.
Some people may develop a minor allergy to tea tree oil. It should never be consumed as it can cause drowsiness, hallucination, severe rashes, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhoea, general weakness, unsteadiness, confusion and blood cell abnormalities. It should be kept out of the reach of kids and pets.
Tea tree oil can be added to vinegar to make your own household cleaner. A clean house is also important for a healthy you.
Evie Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage others to rediscover their lifestyle and get inspired for organic living.