We say joy because this is one of nature’s kindest oils and it comes with a whole range of wonderful health benefits! So this article will give you a much closer look at just what it could do for you and in fact where it comes from. There may be a few surprises along the way!
This is an essential oil derived from steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia – a plant found in Australia!
It used to be a tea substitute, hence the name, but in actual fact the Australian Aborigines used leaves from the plant to help heal cuts, burns and infections. They’d crush them up and apply them to the skin with great results. These people were very wise because it slowly emerged this wonder plant contained a quite wonderful antiseptic and antifungal property. These qualities are better known as, ‘terpenoids’. The best extract you can get is normally clear to very pale golden in colour and it has a fresh, camphor-like scent.
Tea tree oil’s wonders as a natural medicine spread amongst settlers in Australia in the 19th century.
Alright So What Else Can Tea Tree Oil Help With?
Well prepare yourselves for a very lengthy list but first let’s look at three of the most common uses where great results have emerged!
Research has revealed many individuals using tea tree oil to treat acne gained a significant reduction in both inflamed and non-inflamed acne lesions. It took a little while to show an effect but when it did the results were excellent, and side effects were minimal.
A 5 PERCENT solution can be produced by mixing 1 part tea tree oil to 20 parts water!
Tea tea oil has been found to reduce dandruff in as little as four weeks with regular controlled use bringing relief to a great many people.
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A randomized study examined the use of 25 percent tea tree oil solution, 50 percent tea tree oil solution, or a placebo in a group contianing158 people with athlete’s foot. After four weeks and twice daily applications the two tea tree oil solutions were found to be significantly more effective than the placebo. In the 50 percent group, 64 percent were cured, compared to more than half in the placebo group.
Apply a couple tablespoons of the essential oil to your bathwater and this will aid the skin and fight off body odour!
Toenail Fungal Infection!
Tea tree oil is simply brilliant at treating this though an individual needs to keep using it over a long period. It stops itching and slowly takes away the infection. A controlled trial published in the Journal of Family Practice looked at the twice-daily application of 100% tea tree oil or 1% clotrimazole solution (a topical antifungal medication) in 177 people with toenail fungal infection. After 6 months, the tea tree oil was found to be as effective as the topical antifungal, based on clinical assessment and toenail cultures.
It gets better!
Tea tree oil can both relieve the discomfort and cure Eczema and Psoriasis, Thrush and Vaginitis, Boils and Yeast Infections, Periodontal disease and Lice. There are sure to be many more as research is ongoing! But there are some fantastic household uses for this heavenly oil.
In addition to disposing of mold, tea tree oil makes a great household disinfectant. It’s an Eco-friendly option for cleaning the home. If you add a couple teaspoons of the oil to a couple cups of water you will suddenly have a powerful disinfecting cleanser. This will clean door handles to banisters, fridges to ovens and much more!
Well just like most other things tea tree oil can affect people in differing ways. In very extreme cases it has been shown to change hormone levels and for this reason pregnant women should avoid using it. Individuals with any allergies may develop blisters or rashes, some itching or other skin irritation.
It was never meant to be taken internally and in fact could damage the central nervous system when done so! Like everything else if you’re not sure then take the advice of your doctor or medical professional before using it!
What Else Should We Know?
You will probably discover some toothpastes contain tea tree oil or even mouthwashes, but because you don’t swallow these things in large quantities it’s perfectly safe given the levels used. When shopping for the oil look for pure essential oil. You may also see the oil used in ointments, creams, soaps and even shampoo!
Instead of using over-the-counter or prescription anti-fungal medicines, you may want to try natural anti-fungal tea tree oil instead. We hope this article has given you enough information to make a choice!