Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
The benefits of tea tree oil as a topical healing agent are known around the world. The herbal remedy began with Australian Aboriginals who used tea tree oil thousands of years ago to help heal skin conditions.
Studies have proven the oil effective for speeding the cure of wounds and skin conditions. In addition, tea tree oil has shown to soothe problems with acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, vaginitis, earaches, boils, and insect bites.
Tea tree leaves do not make a drinkable tea and can be toxic when consumed and taken internally.
The essential oil from the tea tree is obtained from the leaves of the plant. Terpenoids, a chemical substance found in tea tree oil, has antiseptic and antifungal qualities. This component gives the product its antimicrobial qualities.
Benefits of tea tree oil also include hastening the healing process and reducing the chance of scarring, according to clinical trials. Most individuals tolerate it well.
In addition, you can mix tea tree oil with water for use as a gargle for colds, sore throats and mouth sores (but be sure not to swallow the mix). It may also be used as a douche for vaginitis.
Be careful when using this oil around the eyes, nose, mouth or other tender areas, as it may cause a burning sensation.
Some people are allergic to tea tree oil, so look out for reactions such as rash or itching. Always use a small amount for first application to ensure tolerance of the product.
As with any herbal treatment, always check with your healthcare provider before using tea tree oil to ensure it is appropriate for your medical situation.
Tea tree oil is readily available for purchase at most pharmacies. Soaps, creams, ointments, lotions and shampoos may also contain tea tree oil as an ingredient.
Sources: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd edition, by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, 2nd edition revised, by Michael Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D.; The Natural Pharmacy, by Skye Lininger, D.C., et al.
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