Tea tree is an essential oil that is extracted from the Australian native tree, Melaleuca alternifolia—or more commonly called the tea tree. The indigenous Bundjalung natives of Australia have used this essential oil for thousands of years. They believed tea tree oil could treat a number of common diseases and illnesses and therefore used it frequently as a cure.
Thereafter, Europeans took note of the tremendous antiseptic properties of tea tree oil, how it sped the healing processes of wounds. Many years later, tea tree oil has now become commercially produced and sold; many use this oil to treat a number of medical issues and many use this oil, additionally, for cosmetic use.
Benefits of Tea Tree
Tea tree is applied externally for both cosmetic and medicinal use. Because of its antibacterial properties, tea tree oil can treat a number of infections, including fungal, ear, and vaginal infections. It is used in treatment for acne, athlete’s foot, lice and ringworm. Frequently, it is used as an antiseptic to fight off bacteria and infections that can occur due to cuts, burns, and insect bites.
Tea tree oil has benefits for overall health concerns. It soothes coughs, bronchial congestion, and pulmonary inflammations. It may also help lower blood pressure.
How to Use Tea Tree
Though tea tree oil can be directly applied to the skin where as needed, it will need to be diluted with other oils. For fungal infections, 100% of the oil can be directly applied to the infected area.
For athlete’s foot, 25% to 50% of the tea tree oil should be used. For acne, only 5% of the oil should be applied to the skin to prevent over drying; however, the diluted tea tree oil can be applied daily for acne treatment.
More uses for Tea Tree Oil:
- Heals and soothe sunburns.
- Keep fleas away – (add a few drops in your pets’ beds).
- All-purpose cleaner.
- Soothe insect bites.
- Effective treatment for ringworm.
- Effective treatment for warts.
- Treats psoriasis.
- Freshens bathroom.
- Prevents lice – (add a few drops to your shampoo).
- Relieve earaches – (combine 1 tsp. olive oil with 1 drop of tea tree oil and drop mixture into the ear. Remove by tilting head).
- Gets rid of bad breath – (swish around a little tea tree oil and water in your mouth).
- Freshen laundry- (add a few drops in your washing machine).
To overall benefit your health, add a few drops of tea tree oil into your bath. The oil will be absorbed into your skin and will help fight infections inside your body and will help regulate your blood pressure, as well as maintain general good health.