Tea tree oil is extracted from tea tree (MelaleucaAlternifolia) leaves. Though it is known as the Tea Tree, it is not the plant that bears leaves that are used for making green, black, or other types of tea. Tea Tree oil is manufactured using steam distillation.
The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa. Some people add it to bath water to treat cough, bronchial congestion, and pulmonary inflammation.
Tea Tree Oil is Used For
What are the Benefits of Tea Tree Oil?
- This essential oil is a natural deodorizer as it eliminate the bacteria and fungi that combine with your sweat secretions to give an awful smell to your underarms and other body parts.
- Make a DIY natural hand sanitizer by using tea tree essential oil.
- You can use tea tree essential oil to repel mosquitoes, bugs and other insects.
- It has antiseptic properties, organic tea tree oil can be used for minor cuts and scrapes.
- It can be used as a natural mouth wash by adding a drop of tea tree oil in lukewarm water and swish in your mouth for few seconds.
Tea Tree Oil has wonderful properties that makes it a popular natural agent for curing all three types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus. More importantly, it is known to effectively fight with number of infections that are resistant to some antibiotics.
- Reducing Hair Fall- Hair fall can be reduced to a great extent by adding this oil to your regular oil. You can also mix it with jojoba, coconut or olive oil and massage it on your scalp and hair to fight hair fall.
- Skin Treatment- You can use this oil to treat skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis etc. because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Combat Oily Skin- This oil can eliminate excess oil from your skin pores. Due to this you can add it in your face washes or just pour a few drops in your bath tub to obtain clear and oil free skin.
- Kills Bacteria & Germs- Tea tree essential oil contains powerful anti oxidants that kill bacteria and germs that are responsible for cold, cough & other health problems.
How it is promoted for use?
Proponents believe tea tree oil is an antiseptic and use it to fight germs. It has been used to treat cuts, minor burns, athlete's foot, and insect bites. Some claim it can treat bacterial and fungal skin infections, wound infections, gum infections, acne, head lice, eczema, vaginal yeast infections, colds, pneumonia, and other respiratory illnesses.
Although no one claims tea tree oil can prevent or treat cancer, some proponents claim the oil can boost the immune system. Some herbalists claim that tea tree oil can be used as a "lymphatic recharge" for a "sluggish" lymphatic system. Available scientific evidence does not support these claims.
Household cleaners that contain tea tree oil have also been promoted as alternatives to products that contain cancer-causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde.
AOS Products is one of the major manufacturer and exporter
of tea tree oil. It has wonderful properties that makes it a popular natural agent for curing all three types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus. More importantly, it is known to effectively fight a number of infections that are resistant to some antibiotics. Therefore, Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin ailments such as acne, abscess, oily skin, blisters, sun burns, athlete's foot, warts, herpes, insect bites, rashes, dandruff and other minor wounds and irritations.
Studies have shown that Tea Tree Oil also treats respiratory problems ranging from common sore throats, coughs and runny nose to severe conditions such as asthma, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. The anti-viral properties of the oil fight many common infectious diseases such as chicken pox, shingles and measles, flu, cold sores and verrucae. It also strengthens the body's immune system, which is often weakened by stress, illness, or by the use of antibiotics and other drugs. It can also be used as a mouth wash, since it is highly effective in healing oral candidiasis (a fungal infection of mouth and throat).
What are the Side Effects of Tea Tree Oil?
- Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid the use of Tea Tree Oil.
- Undiluted Tea Tree Oil can cause itchiness, irritation, and redness on sensitive skin. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, it is always safer to dilute the oil in another base oil such as olive oil.
- Pure Tea Tree Oil should never be taken internally in its undiluted form.
- Extra care should be taken when using it near the eyes, genitals, or even as a mouthwash.
- If taken internally, Tea Tree Oil can result in diarrhea, vomiting, impaired immune function, excessive drowsiness, sleepiness, confusion, poor coordination, and even coma. If you notice any of these symptoms of overdose, seek medical attention immediately.