Tea Tree Eseential Oil - Benefits and Uses
Healthier with Tea Tree Eseential Oil
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History and Health Benefits
- Tea tree oil is well known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to heal wounds, making it one of the best antibacterial essential oils. More than seven decades in numerous medical studies have documented its ability to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi. The applications of tea tree oil are numerous - it can be used to prepare household cleaners, to destroy toxic mold that grows in your home, to be applied topically to treat skin problems and skin infections. Tea tree oil is becoming an increasingly popular active ingredient in a variety of household and cosmetic products, including disinfectants, facial sprays, shampoos, massage oils, skin and nail creams and detergents. The natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects of tea tree make it one of the most useful essential oils that should be included in your first aid kit.
History and Interesting facts:
- Tea tree oil is a volatile essential oil derived from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia - a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. The genus Melaleuca belongs to the family Myrtaceae and contains approximately 230 plant species, almost all of which are native to Australia. Tea tree oil has been used as a traditional medicine by the aborigines for centuries. These native Australians crushed the leaves of the tea tree to extract the oil, which was then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for treatment.
- The main active ingredients of tea tree include terpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. It is these compounds that give the tea tree antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. In fact, there are over 100 different chemical components of tea tree oil, with terpinene-4-ol and alpha-terpineol being the most active. The volatile hydrocarbons found in the oil are considered aromatic and able to spread in the air, through the pores of the skin and mucous membranes. That is why tea tree oil is often used fragrantly and topically to kill germs, fight infections and soothe skin conditions.
10 Benefits and Uses of Tea Tree Essential Oil
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- 1. Helps fight warts, bacterial, fungal and viral infections
- 2. Fighting acne and other skin problems
- 3. For healthy scalp and beautiful hair
- 4. Soothes skin irritations and wounds
- 5. To prevent antibiotic resistance
- 6. Relieves respiratory infections
- 7. Helps remove lice and is an insect repellent
- 8. Against mold and to refresh the laundry
- 9. Eliminates bad breath
- 10. Hand sanitizer and detergent
Helps fight warts, bacterial, fungal and viral infectionsT he broad-spectrum activity of tea tree oil has been scientifically proven due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This means that tea tree oil can be used to fight a number of infections, from MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection to the athlete's foot. Laboratory studies show that tea tree oil can inhibit the growth of bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenzae, Streptonescoccus Streptococcus pneumoniae. These bacteria cause serious infections, including pneumonia, urinary tract infections, respiratory diseases, blood infections, streptococci in the throat, sinus infections and impetigo. A study conducted in Australia tested the effectiveness of tea tree oil in treating an athlete's foot. Patients in the groups received a 25% tea tree oil solution, a 50% tea tree oil solution or a placebo. They had to apply the solution twice a day on the affected areas for four weeks. The researchers reported improvement in 68% of the 50% tea tree group, 72% of the 25% tea tree group and 39% of the placebo group. Of the 158 patients in the study, four had moderate to severe skin reactions to the treatment, which improved rapidly after stopping the solution. Due to the antifungal properties of tea tree oil, it can fight or prevent fungal infections such as candida, itching, fungus on the feet and nails. Laboratory studies show that tea tree oil has the ability to fight the recurrent herpes virus (which causes cold sores) and the flu. The antiviral properties of tea tree oil are due to the presence of terpinene-4-ol, one of the main active components of the oil. Due to the antiviral properties of tea tree oil, it also helps to get rid of warts. How to use: For nail fungus, athlete's foot and ringworm: ◥ Apply 2-5 drops of undiluted tea tree oil on the affected area with a clean cotton swab. For stubborn fungi you can mix with antifungal oregano oil; To remove warts: ◥ Apply a few drops of high quality tea tree oil directly on the wart 1 or 2 times a day for 30 days;
Fighting acne and other skin problemsD ue to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil, it is used as a natural remedy for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis. How to use: For acne /use therapeutic class tea tree oil/: ◥ You can wash your face with tea tree oil by mixing five drops of pure tea tree essential oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Just rub the mixture on your face, leave it on for a minute and then rinse it off with warm water; ◥ Mix one part tea tree oil with nine parts water and apply the mixture on the affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, if necessary. Improving psoriasis and eczema ◥ Mix one teaspoon of coconut oil, five drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender oil and apply on the affected areas.
For healthy scalp and beautiful hairS tudies show that tea tree oil is able to improve the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis, which is a common skin condition and causes scaly patches on the scalp and dandruff. It also helps relieve the symptoms of contact dermatitis. Like coconut hair oil, tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry, flaky scalp and remove dandruff. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology examined the effectiveness of 5% shampoo with tea tree oil and placebo in patients with mild to moderate dandruff. After a four-week treatment period, participants in the tea tree group showed a 41% improvement in the severity of dandruff, while in the placebo group only 11% showed improvement. The researchers also noted an improvement in patients' itching and oiliness of the scalp after using tea tree oil shampoo. How to use: ◥ Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil with 100 ml of base oil and massage into the scalp, leave on for 30 minutes and wash; ◥ Add a few drops of oil to the amount of shampoo with which you wash your hair; ◥ To make a homemade shampoo with tea tree oil, mix a few drops of tea tree essential oil, a few drops of lavender essential oil with aloe vera gel and coconut milk.
Soothes skin irritations and woundsA lthough research on this subject is limited, the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil make it a useful means of soothing skin irritations and wounds. There is some evidence from a study that after treatment with tea tree oil, patients' wounds began to heal and shrink in size. Tea tree oil can be used to soothe sunburns, wounds and insect bites, but only when first tested on a small area of skin to rule out sensitivity to topical application. Tea tree oil is the ideal ingredient in homemade wound ointment due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. How to use: For wounds and cuts: ◥ First clean the incision or wound with water and hydrogen peroxide, if necessary, then apply 1-3 drops of tea tree oil and cover it with a bandage to deal with infections; ◥ For faster wound healing - add a few drops of a little tea tree to the bandage, each time you change it.
To prevent antibiotic resistanceE ssential oils such as tea tree oil and oregano oil are used as a substitute or in conjunction with conventional medicines as they also serve as potent antibacterial agents without the adverse side effects of antibiotics. Studies show that some essential oils, such as tea tree oil, have a positive synergistic effect when combined with conventional antibiotics. Researchers are optimistic that this means that essential oils can help prevent the development of antibiotic resistance. This is extremely important in modern medicine, as antibiotic resistance can lead to treatment failure, increased health care costs, and the spread of infection control problems.
Relieves respiratory infectionsE arly in its history, the leaves of the malaleuca plant were crushed and inhaled to treat coughs and colds. Traditionally, the leaves are also soaked to make an infusion that is used to treat sore throats. Today, studies show that tea tree oil has antimicrobial activity that gives it the ability to fight bacteria that lead to nasty respiratory infections, and antiviral activity that is useful in fighting and even preventing coughs, colds, viral diseases, laryngitis and acute respiratory diseases. It has a calming and expectorant effect and cleanses the airways of secretions. How to use: For cough: ◥ Diffuse 5 drops at home; ◥ Inhale tea tree oil directly from the bottle; ◥ Mix 1-2 drops of tea tree with half a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub the mixture on the chest and back of the neck. To clear the airways of secretions: ◥ Make a steam inhalation with tea tree oil - add 5 drops of oil in boiling water. After removing from the heat, cover your head with a towel and inhale the vapors for 5-10 minutes.
Helps remove lice and is an insect repellentT ea tree oil has insecticidal properties and can be used to remove lice. A laboratory study conducted in Italy examined the effectiveness of tea tree oil against lice and its eggs. Researchers have found that tea tree oil is more effective against lice, with treatment leading to 100 percent mortality after 30 minutes of exposure. The higher concentration of tea tree oil prevents the hatching of 50% of the eggs. Tea tree oil not only works as a natural insect repellent, but also helps soothe their bites. According to a study 24 hours after treatment with tea tree oil, cows had 61% fewer flies than cows that were not treated with tea tree oil. Another study found that tea tree oil had a greater ability to repel mosquitoes than DEET, the most common active ingredient in commercial insect repellents. How to use: To naturally remove lice: ◥ Combine 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of ylang ylang oil and tea tree. Apply this mixture on the entire scalp, massaging it thoroughly. Then comb your hair with a fine comb, cover your head with a shower cap and let it stand for two hours. Then comb your hair again and rinse the oils. Repeat this action every 5 or 10 days for several weeks. Insect repellent: ◥ Add 2–5 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle, half full of water and spray on your skin; ◥ Mix 2–5 drops of tea tree with a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub it into your skin before going outside; After insect bites or contact dermatitis: ◥ Put 2-3 drops of tea tree on a clean cotton swab and apply on the affected area; ◥ Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and one tablespoon of melted coconut oil. Mix well and store in a closed container. Apply to the affected area up to twice a day until symptoms subside
Against mold and to refresh the laundryC ommon problem that many people experience in their homes is mold infection, often without even being aware of it. Sometimes people even begin to experience symptoms of black mold when they are exposed to this toxin in their homes. You can also spray a universal tea tree oil cleaner on shower curtains and in your washing machine, dishwasher or toilet to kill mold and other bacteria. Tea tree oil helps prevent mold on fruits and vegetables Fresh products are undoubtedly tasty and healthy, but unfortunately they are susceptible to the growth of gray mold, known as Botrytis cinerea, especially in warm and humid climates. Studies show that the antifungal compounds of terpinene-4-ol and 1,8-cineole tea tree oil can help reduce the growth of this mold on fruits and vegetables. How to use: Against mold in the home: ◥ Diffuse tea tree oil in your home to kill mold and other bad bacteria; Against mold on fruits and vegetables: ◥ Add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil to the water in which you will wash the fruits and vegetables, then rinse the products well and dry them. Laundry freshener: ◥ To freshen up or when your laundry is moldy, add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil to your laundry detergent.
Eliminates bad breath and takes care of the health of the oral cavityB ad breath comes from bacteria that are found in the oral cavity, especially in the back of the tongue, throat and tonsils. Because tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that can kill these bacteria, it acts as a natural remedy for bad breath. Studies have shown that tea tree oil acts as an effective antiseptic against oral pathogens, including Candida albicans, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. This benefit of tea tree oil can be extremely beneficial after oral surgery, such as root canal, which increases the risk of developing a bacterial or fungal infection. Due to the ability of tea tree oil to kill bad bacteria and at the same time soothe inflammation, it is an ideal ingredient in homemade toothpaste and mouthwash. It can also help reduce bleeding gums. How to use: ◥ To get rid of bad breath and improve the health of the oral cavity, just mix a few drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and baking soda for an amazing homemade toothpaste; ◥ Mouthwash - to 500ml of boiled water add 2 tsp. soda, 8 drops of peppermint essential oil and 8 drops of tea tree essential oil. Shake before use and simmer for about 1-2 minutes;
Hand sanitizer and detergentT ea tree oil is an ideal natural hand sanitizer. Studies show that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing disease, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae. In addition, a study testing several types of hand cleansing showed that the addition of tea tree oil to cleansers increased their effectiveness against E. coli (Escherichia coli). Another fantastic way to use tea tree oil is as a household cleaner. Tea tree oil has a powerful antimicrobial effect that can kill bad bacteria in your home. How to use: Home cleaner: ◥ Option 1: mix 5-10 drops of tea tree oil and lemon essential oil with water and vinegar. Use this detergent to clean the kitchen counter, kitchen appliances, shower and shower cabin, toilet and sinks; ◥ Option 2: mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with ¾ a cup of water and ½ a cup of vinegar. Spray directly on the surfaces and wipe with a clean cloth. Shake before use.
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Precautions when using Tea Tree Essential Oil
The stated actions, methods of application and dosages refer only to the products with the brand Amerov Oils™, for which we guarantee the purity, quality and origin of the oils.
Tea tree is generally considered safe when used fragrantly and topically and in most cases does not cause side effects. This essential oil has a pungent camphor scent, followed by a menthol-like cooling sensation that can make your skin feel slightly burnt if you apply too much. It is a good idea to do a small test first with a patch on the skin of your arm or leg to make sure you do not have a negative reaction before using larger amounts or applying it to your face, chest or neck. If your skin is sensitive, it is best to mix tea tree oil with an equal or greater amount of olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil. Keep tea tree oil away from eyes, contact lenses, mucous membranes, the inside of the nose, ears and sensitive skin. Remember that tea tree oil should not be taken internally and if you use it for the health of the oral cavity, it should be spit out and rinsed well. Keep out of reach of children. Consult a healthcare professional if you are breast-feeding or have a medical condition.
Frequently Aasked Questions
1Is this oil safe for internal use?
At Amerov Oils we test all our oils with GC / MS and all the oils we offer are distilled from plants that are either certified organically, organically grown or in their natural state. All are grown without the use of chemical pesticides. Not all oils can be used for internal use. Tea tree oil should not be taken internally and if you use it for the health of the oral cavity, it should be spit out and rinsed well. Keep out of reach of children. Consult a healthcare professional if you are breast-feeding or have a medical condition.
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