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Is Tea Tree Oil Good for You?
Tea tree oil is top-rated essential oil because it contains the right blend of properties to help you manage your skin, hair, and scalp conditions. Most importantly, for those who prefer to use natural remedies, tea tree oil provides an avenue of options to keep you from using products that might contain ingredients that you deem unworthy of having access to your body.
About Tea Tree Oil
The tea tree is an Australian plant that was given its name in 1770 by Captain James Cook and crew. Tea tree oil is an herb that has origins among the Aboriginal natives of Australia. Also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia, tea trees are perhaps best known for their antiseptic properties and were used as such during World War II. For hundreds of years, tea trees have been used as a medicine to treat various conditions ranging from acne to wounds to infections.
Today, tea trees are grown in California and are still used for the oil properties found in their leaves.
Tea trees have proven beneficial uses as an:
- Animal Care
Tea Tree Oil for Antibacterial Use
Finding the cure to skin problems or skin infections resulting from bacteria can be a daunting task. This statement is especially true if you are seeking natural remedies to provide a cure. However, if you are looking for a way to keep bacteria at bay, tea tree oil may be the perfect solution for achieving this goal. Tea tree oil can counter bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the hospital superbug, as an antibacterial agent. Studies show that, in some instances, tea tree oil can perform better than some antibiotics in fighting against infections like MRSA.
Tea Tree Oil for Acne and Other Skin Conditions
If acne breakouts are giving you the blues these days, you might consider incorporating tea tree oil into your skincare regimen. Tea tree oil is an excellent option for use as a natural antiseptic for skin infections and acne. The oil is easily absorbed and blends well with our body oils. This combination allows for the treatment of more than acne. Insect bites, cuts, infected wounds, lice, poison ivy, and sunburn respond well to tea tree oil treatments.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Acne?
How is tea tree oil used to treat acne? Wash your face with soap containing tea tree essential oil or apply pure tea tree oil on the acne twice daily. Be careful to use tea tree oil in moderation. Too much of a good thing can trigger an adverse effect, including skin irritation or even blistering.
Tea Tree Oil has Anti-inflammatory Properties
Studies demonstrate that our skin responds well to tea tree oil due to a bug bite or other histamine response. This result may be due to its terpinen-4-ol concentration. Terpinen-4-ol is a powerful substance that contains more than 100 compounds. Scientifically speaking, Terpinen-4-ol promotes anti-inflammatory cytokine production while inhibiting proinflammatory cytokine expression.
This ingredient provides tea tree oil with its anti-inflammatory properties that enable it to be used for various conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, sprains, eczema, and bursitis.
How to Use Tea Tree for Inflammation
To use tea tree oil topically, add 18 drops of tea tree oil can be combined with 1/8 cup of almond oil, then put in a dark bottle and shaken before applying topically two to four times a day as a massage oil or even adding a dozen drops of tea tree oil to the bathwater.
Tea Tree Oil as an Antifungal Agent
Tea tree oil is a potent antifungal agent and may prove helpful in treating athletes’ foot, ringworm, and jock itch. Interestingly, tea tree oil powers do not stop with your body. You can use tea tree oil to disinfect your washer machine as well.
How to Disinfect Your Washing Machine with Tea Tree Oil
You may use a 10-percent solution (about one-and-a-half tablespoons to a cup of warm water) to rinse and clean infected areas for best results. However, higher concentrations may cause a reaction in some individuals –particularly in young children or pets.
An alternative approach includes adding two to three tablespoons of tea tree oil to your detergent space in the washer, or, if you prefer, you can mix it with your detergent.
Other Reported Uses for Tea Tree Oil
Other reported uses of tea tree oil include use for sore throat and chest infections, relief of gingivitis, fever blisters as well as relief of stuffy nose by placing five drops of tea tree essential oil in hot water.
It is important to note that research has shown that pure tea tree oil is contradicted for babies, young children, pregnant women, and some pets.
Tea Tree Oil for Animal Care -Use with Caution
Tea tree oil may be used on pets for the treatment of diseases including as arthritis, fleas, gum disease, dermatitis, lice, parasites, and ringworm. After bathing your pet, shaving the area of application, you can apply the oil with a spray bottle or mister (after mixing 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil with 1/3 cup of water).
Again, it is important to remember that when applying tea tree oil on your pet, be sure to always dilute this solution so that they do not experience any type of reaction such as muscle tremors or poor coordination. Avoid contact with the eyes.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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Mahogany Speaks (author) from Texas on October 27, 2014:
Thank you for the feedback!
Janelle Z on October 26, 2014:
Excellent, Informative Hub about Tea Tree Oil. I love and use Tea Tree Oil,but did not know it can be used as a disinfectant in the washing machine or for sore throat. Thanks for this info. Very helpful Hub. Voted up!!! and useful, awesome, beautiful.