The Many Uses of Tea Tree Oil

oilTea tree oil, or Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an essential oil extracted from the Melaleuca tree native to Australia. The oil has been exploding in popularity over the last two decades due to its miracle-like healing properties. Helping to alleviate ailments from acne to ringworm, tea tree oil can do a world of good for your body. It is important to note that tea tree oil is toxic when ingested and should only be used topically.

For skin ailments, many see tea tree oil as a legitimate cure-all. Many have found the oil to work well in their fight against breakouts or rashes. Tea tree oil can also assist in the healing of cuts and burns. There was also a study that found tea tree oil is a great treatment for head lice. Unfortunately many children experience reactions to the oil, so a spot test should be done before a full application.

People suffering with asthma, sinus infections, or other congestion issues have found tea tree oil to offer great relief. Simply add a few drops of the essential oil to a humidifier to help aid relief. It can also be rubbed on the chest as a lotion; this vehicle for application is important as it can be risky to place the oil directly on the skin. For night time relief, place a drop or two of tea tree oil on your pillow for sweet dreams.

Tea tree oil has also been used to treat dandruff. Instead of using a shampoo full of chemicals, simply dilute some of the essential oil and use it as a scalp treatment. The tea tree oil will moisturize the skin on your head and will help to remove dead skin causing flakes. The moisture will help to prevent future outbreaks and keep your hair shiny. Some sufferers of hair loss have also touted tea tree oil as an excellent alternative to other treatments.

In addition to everything else, tea tree oil is also a great fungicide. It is often used topically to treat Athlete’s Foot and ringworm. Many of the conventional treatments for these ailments are prescription strength anti-fungal medicines, featuring lots of chemicals. Tea tree oil is a natural alternative that can be diluted in lotion in order to assist with relief. Once again, do a spot test to ensure that you do not have allergies to the oil and to be certain the lotion is gentle enough for your skin.

As with anything, it is important to exercise caution when using tea tree oil. While it has been mentioned that the oil should not be ingested, topical use can in some rare cases cause reactions. Do spot tests before regular use to see how you react. If ingested, call poison control immediate, especially if a child has consumed the oil. Side effects of swalloing tea tree oil can include vomiting, rashes, and dizziness. 

When used properly, tea tree oil can offer a plethora of benefits for a wide array of ailments. It is no surprise that this oil is in every household in Australia as its claim to be a miracle cure could certainly be truth.

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