Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is one of the most popular essential oils. It is derived from the leaves of the tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) which is native to Australia. Historically tea tree oil has been used by the Australian Aboriginal people since ancient times. Now in modern times it has been scientifically studied to prove its medicinal benefits are true. Here is your ultimate guide to tea tree oil including its characteristics, what you can treat with it, and methods for use.
Characteristics of Tea Tree Oil
Antiviral – effective against viruses
Antifungal – treats and prevents fungal infection
Antibacterial – treats and prevents bacterial infection
Immuno-stimulant – activates or increases the activity of the immune system
Anti-infectious – stops the spread and kills infection
Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
Antiseptic – eliminates the microorganisms that cause some disease
Parasiticidal – destroys parasites
Tea tree oil is one of the few essential oils that is usually considered safe to use undiluted. It is non-toxic and generally non-irritant as well. There is always some risk of sensitivity, however, so try just a small drop first if you’ve never used it before.
Uses of Tea Tree Oil
You can apply tea tree oil directly to affected area once or twice a day. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to other products such as lotions or shampoo.
|Athlete’s Foot||Infected wounds|
*dilute before use on infants
You can breathe in tea tree oil through vaporization by using a diffuser, putting a few drops of tea tree oil onto your pillow, or the Buddha’s breath method with your hands. You can also do a steam inhalation by putting 5 drops into a bowl of hot water then placing your head over the bowl with a towel covering everything.
|Catarrh – build up of mucus or phlegm||Whooping Cough|
Vaporization and steam inhalation, as described above, will work for these. You can also add 5-10 drops into bath water. It may also be beneficial to massage into the neck, chest, and soles of the feet.
Health and Beauty Products
Tea tree oil is an excellent and versatile ingredient to add to nearly any homemade health or beauty product.
Do you use tea tree oil? What do you treat with it?
Resource: The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless
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