Tea tree oil has been a favorite among Australians for centuries. Only
in recent years, however, has it gained popularity in aromatherapy.
With strong antiseptic and germicidal properties, Tea Tree is now used
for a number of applications ranging from cosmetic to disinfectant.*
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil:
Activates Against Infections, Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses*
Helps with Cold Sores*
Helps Cold and Flu’s*
Ringworm, Athlete’s foot*
Pre-and Post-Surgical Care*
Supports Verrucae and Warts*
Helps with Acne*
The immuno-stimulant action of Ti-tree is perhaps its most important
property. This property is very useful in the treatment of debilitating
illnesses such as glandular fever, and for people who repeatedly succumb to
infections or who are very slow to recover from any illness. It is one of
the most important oils for helping people who are HIV positive.*
Tea-Tree Oil For Colds and Flu
- Tea tree oil is valuable for colds, influenza, and infectious
illnesses in children. For best results, use tea tree oil in the bath at
the first signs of a cold or flu. One of the first signs that the oil is
working is that it will stimulate profuse sweating. This will stop a cold
or' flu from developing. Otherwise, it will reduce its severity and also will
help prevent secondary infections. Tea tree oil will fight the infection
rather than suppress it like some of the cold medicines do.*
Tea-Tree Oil for Cold Sores
- Tea-tree oil is an effective treatment for cold sores. At the first
burning sensation that precedes the blisters, dab it on the area directly.*
Tea-Tree Oil as Anti-fungal
- There are a number of essential oils that are active against bacteria
and viruses. However, not many oils are effective antifungals. Fortunately,
tea tree oil is an effective anti-fungal oil.*
Tea tree oil is an effective remedy for fungal infections such as:
Tea-tree help to control fungal infections by reducing the rate at
which the organism reproduce and by strengthening the body's ability to
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 a 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 helps the 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.
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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 aromatherapists 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,
Steam or water distillation.
Leaves and twigs.
It is best to do a patch test first. Limit usage to the problem area,
and avoid the surrounding skin. Do not massage directly on or below a
Natural Essential Oils by their very nature will vary slightly from
season to season. We allow nature to take its course and do not add
isolated compounds to the oil to try to standardize the naturally
occurring variations of a particular oil. We take both the organoleptic
(sight, smell, and taste) and chemical properties into account when
selecting and testing of our essential oils.
The quality of 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 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
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 fewer 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 affected area.
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 following conditions:
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 home.
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 the head lice
7. A small amount added to your bath can help with persistent body odor.
Treating sinus infection
For dandruff and dry scalp
10. In the form of
, tea tree oil is used to treat colds, persistent coughs, acne, toothaches,
11. To create an all-purpose cleaner, combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil
in 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
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 saltto scrub bathtub and bathroom
14. Add a few drops to dishwasher dispenser, then fill with a green
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 traffic spots.
19. 15 drops in a quart of water can be an effective insect repellant.
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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