Tea-tree helps to control the fungal infections by reducing the rate at which the organism reproduce and by strengthening the body's ability to resist them.*
Tea-Tree Oil for Shingles and chickenpox
Apply the oil exactly as described under cold sores.
Painful spots on the skin preceding menstruation
Some women get large, inflamed and often painful spots around the nose and chin in the days preceding menstruation. Tea tree oil is great remedy for this condition. A single drop of Ti-tree dabbed on each spot rapidly reduces the heat and pain and clears the spot up quite quickly.
Tea-Tree Oil for Verrucae and warts
Place a single drop of Tea-tree oil on the center of verrucae and warts every day. Cover it with a plaster or bandage. It may take several weeks to see any result. But it is effective in the long run.
Tea-Tree Oil for Pre and Post Surgical Care
Tea tree oil has been used to build up the strength of patients before surgery. Use the oil in baths and massages for some weeks prior to an operation. Continue with the massage (avoid the immediate area of the operation wound or scar) after surgery to reduce the post-operative shock.
Tea-Tree Oil for Catarrh and sinusitis
Inhale the oil in a vaporizer.
Tea tree oil at times of Epidemics
Tea tree oil is a very effective remedy at times of epidemics to prevent you from catching it. It strengthens your immune system and help body fight the invaders.
Tea-Tree Oil for Acne
Tea tree oil is great in skin-washes for acne. Several of the formulas for acne contains tea tree oil. If you prefer you can alternate tea tree oil with Lavender and Bergamot.
How To Take Tea-Tree Oil ( Melaleuca alternifolia)
There are several ways in which you can take tea tree oil. Bath is one. You can apply it directly to the skin (See the caution.) You can use inhalations in burners and vaporizers’. It can be used mixed in a protective cream for diaper rash.
For most people, the oil can be used directly on the skin. However, people with sensitive skins should use Tea Tree cautiously at first. Use a diluted form. Even as little as 3 drops in a full bath for an adult has been shown to have the anti-infectious action
During World War II, Australian cutters and producers of tea tree oil were exempt from military service until enough of this precious essential oil was accumulated for use in first-aid kits.
Well-known for its antiseptic and germicidal properties, tea tree oil has been used therapeutically by the aboriginal people of Australia for centuries. Named by Captain Cook's crew, it was introduced to Europe around 1927. During World War II, Australian soldiers carried tea tree oil in their first-aid kits as a treatment for skin injuries. Even though tea tree oil has a long history of use therapeutically, it is a relatively new addition to aromatherapy. Despite being the new kid on the block, tea tree oil has become a staple for many aroma therapists around the world because of its versatility and wide-reaching benefits.
Mixes well with: Basil, bergamot, citronella, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, pine, rosemary, rosewood, tangerine, tea tree, thyme, and ylang.
The quality of an essential oil, or the perception of this quality, involves many factors. One factor has much to do with the specific plant species used. When obtaining an essential oil, one must look past the common or trivial names and insist on the Latin binomial or scientific name. To do otherwise will result in the purchase and use of a material that is of lesser or no therapeutic value, and certainly of different aroma.
1) Athlete's Foot
A randomized controlled trial
examined the use of 25% tea tree oil solution, 50% tea tree oil solution, or
placebo in 158 people with athlete's foot. After twice daily applications for 4
weeks, the two tea tree oil solutions were found to be significantly more
effective than placebo.
In the 50% tea tree oil group, 64%
were cured, compared to 31% in the placebo group. Four people using the tea
tree oil withdrew from the study because they developed dermatitis (which
improved after discontinuing tea tree oil use). Otherwise, there were no
significant side effects.
2) Fungal Infection of the Toenails
A randomized, 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.
Another randomized, controlled trial
examined the effectiveness and safety of a cream containing 5% tea tree oil and
2% butenafine hydrochloride in 60 people with toenail fungal infection. After
16 weeks, 80% of people using the cream had significant improvement compared to
none in the placebo group. Side effects included mild inflammation.
A third double-blind study looked at
100% tea tree oil compared with a topical antifungal, clotrimazole, in 112
people with fungal infections of the toenails. The tea tree oil was as effective
as the antifungal.
A single-blind randomized trial by
the Department of Dermatology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia
compared the effectiveness and tolerance of 5% tea tree oil gel with 5% benzoyl
peroxide lotion in 124 people with mild to moderate acne. People in both groups
had a significant reduction in inflamed and non-inflamed acne lesions (open and
closed comedones) over the three month period, although tea tree oil was less
effective than benzoyl peroxide.
Although the tea tree oil took
longer to work initially, there were fewer side effects with tea tree oil. In
the benzoyl peroxide group, 79 percent of people had side effects including
itching, stinging, burning, and dryness. Researchers noted that there were far
less side effects in the tea tree oil group.
A single-blind study examined the
use of 5% tea tree oil shampoo or placebo in 126 people with mild to moderate
dandruff. After 4 weeks, the tea tree oil shampoo significantly reduced
symptoms of dandruff.
Common Uses for Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree has a long history of
traditional use. Australian aboriginals used tea tree leaves for healing skin
cuts, burns, and infections by crushing the leaves and applying them to the
Tea tree oil contains constituents
called terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and antifungal
activity. The compound terpinen-4-ol is the most abundant and is thought to be
responsible for most of tea tree oil's antimicrobial activity.
People use tea tree oil for the
20 Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil
In 2006, the world consumed more
than 3.5 billion gallons of oil per day. A lot of that oil has caused
environmental damage and conflicts between nations. But there is one
type of oil that’s green, sustainable, healthy, and–as far as I know–has never
been the rationale behind a major military intervention: tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil, explains the UWA Tea
Tree Oil Research Group, is the essential oil steam distilled from the
Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia (unique to Australia and native
to Northern New South Wales). Tea tree oil is usually clear to very pale golden
in color and it exudes a fresh, camphor-like scent.
Kathi Keville of HowStuffWorks.com
says this oil is often called a “medicine cabinet in a bottle” and is
“effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses and stimulates the immune
system.” Here are 20 ways to use this magical formula for health and for the
But first, two important notes, courtesy
of Sheila Shaigany:
*Make sure it comes in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. This will prevent
light from shining in and reducing the oil’s potency.
*Do NOT ingest it orally.
*Editor’s Note: This article does not replace medical advice.
LifeSource Vitamins Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree oil is valuable
for colds, influenza and infectious illnesses in children, is active against
all three categories of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses, also
an effective treatment for cold sores.
20 Great Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil
1. Use a dab to treat acne.
2. An anti-fungal for treating Athlete’s Foot, eczema, various yeast
3. An antiseptic to be used on cuts and burns.
4. An anti-viral: it may lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Try using a few
drops in the bath.
5. Add to a vaporizer to loosen chest congestion.
6. Add a small amount to shampoo to destroy head
7. A small amount added to your bath can help with persistent body odor.
8. Treating sinus infection.
9. For dandruff and dry scalp.
10. In the form of aromatherapy, tea tree oil is used to treat colds, persistent
coughs, acne, toothaches, and sunburn.
11. To create an all-purpose
cleaner, combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water in a spray
12. Another version would be 14 ounces of water with 1 ounce of
Murphy’s oil soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil.
13. Mix the above solution with kosher salt
to scrub bathtub and bathroom tiles.
14. Add a few drops to dishwasher dispenser, then fill with a green dishwashing soap.
15. A few drops added to each load of laundry leave your clothes smelling
16. Control mold with a tea tree oil/water spray.
17. Remove mustiness with that same tea tree oil/water spray.
18. To keep germs at bay, spray it on high chairs, car seats, and other high
19. 15 drops in a quart of water can be an effective insect repellent.
20. Be sure to take some with you when hiking and
camping to put directly on insect bites or blisters.
Robyn, selected from Planet Green, June
26, 2011 - 1:02 pm
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