Top 5 Medicinal Uses for Tea Tree Oil
Are you one of the many people who suffer from acne, dandruff, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus or yeast infection? I barely know anyone who doesn’t suffer from one of those nuisances. Well, you will be surprised to know that tea tree oil can help you to get rid of all these nuisances.
Somewhere in the wilderness of Australia lays a special plant. At first glance you might simply dismiss this plant as just another leafy instance of vegetation. But the melaluca alternifolia is much more than that.
Using steam distillation, essential oil is extracted from its leaves and used as a natural health remedy. As a matter of fact, with the wide amount of natural health benefits the tea tree oil yields this plant is in a class of its own.
A Natural and Safe Oil Loaded With Benefits
So what exactly can tea tree oil do for you? A better question would be what CAN’T tea tree oil do for you. That might have sounded cliché but this oil has received tons of attention for it’s usefulness in a variety of health issues ranging from lice to boils.
The terpenoids in the oil are believed to be the main reason behind its potent antimicrobial effects. These are organic chemicals that are used extensively for their aromatic qualities.
They play a role in traditional herbal remedies and are under investigation for antibacterial and other pharmaceutical functions. The only science you have to understand however, is the impressive numbers backing the oil and its effects. Since it is an emerging natural health supplement, there have been many tests conducted to support the usefulness of this oil.
If we elaborated on all the benefits of this oil, it may take all day. For that reason, we’re going to take a look at four of the most effective and useful ways to use tea tree oil as a natural solution for common annoyances:
Almost everyone knows the perils of acne. It’s no fun waking up in the morning to stubborn bumps and blemishes that sneak on to our skin while we are sleeping. Going straight for the “pimple pop” strategy is actually a lot worse for you than you may think. It spreads bacteria and exposes your pores for an even larger spread of acne.
If acne is an unwelcome room-mate in your life, let tea tree oil be the nightmarish landlord that drives it out. In several medical tests using tea tree oil, dermatologists found that the oil can help alleviate acne symptoms with speed and prevent future infection.
Tea tree oil can be applied directly to pimples with a cotton swab for an effective and natural acne treatment. Leave for a few hours or overnight. If you find that pure, undiluted tea tree oil is a little too harsh or drying on your skin, simply mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil into a few teaspoons of aloe vera gel or carrier oil or honey and apply directly onto the pimple you wish to get rid of.
Honey also contains antibacterial properties and promotes skin healing. The tea tree oil fights away the bacteria and after a few days you will notice your acne dissipating without having to spread the infection.
So you have conquered your morning routine. Fresh out of the shower, dressed in your clothes, and ready to face the day you realize that there is one small problem. Despite your grooming efforts there is unsightly dandruff flaking onto your shoulders and an itchy scalp begging to be scratched.
What do you do when anti-dandruff shampoo simply isn’t cutting it? The antimicrobial effects of tea tree oil combined with a cooling sensation and crisp smell will make the perfect anti-dandruff shampoo.
As a dandruff prone individual, I know the pain of dry and itchy scalp. After trying some of the most expensive shampoo treatments I noticed the persistent flakes didn’t plan on going anywhere.
If you want an edge in defeating your dandruff for good, try incorporating tea tree oil shampoo into your morning routine. Shampoos with at least 5% tea tree oil have been shown to effectively treat dandruff. Another option is to buy tea tree essential oil on its own and add it to your regular shampoo.
To add the oil to your existing shampoo, add 10 drops for every eight ounces of shampoo in the bottle. Then shake the shampoo bottle to distribute the tea tree oil thoroughly. Rub the tea tree oil shampoo into your scalp and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with water, repeating once per day. It goes beyond the standard dandruff solution to give you soothing itch relief and reduce flakes in only a matter of days. Find more natural dandruff treatments here.
You don’t have to be an athlete to know how annoying this condition is. It leaves your feet uncomfortable with itches and irritating burning sensations. As it develops in between your toes, this infection reminds you of its presence with every stinging step. The “jock itch” can be quite the bully on your feet, but tea tree oil is the principle that will give it discipline.
A recent study took over a hundred people experiencing problems with athlete’s foot and made one section try tea tree oil while the others received a placebo. After several weeks of consistent application, the people that used the tea tree oil on their feet saw a significant reduction in their symptoms. It provided them with soothing relief and fungus fighting properties at the same time.
Apply a light coating to the affected area two or three times a day, and continue to apply it for two weeks after signs of the infection have disappeared to make sure the fungus is eradicated.
Toenail Fungus Infections
The sound of this problem alone simply isn’t pretty. It’s also much more common than you may think. People with toenail fungus suffer from discolored nails, thick crumbling expansion, and even pain from severe infection. Toenail fungus is like a swift and hard to catch criminal of the feet. Tea tree oil serves as the police officer that puts it behind bars.
Recent controlled trials using tea tree oil show promising opportunity for people suffering from stubborn toenail infections. This is one of the few problems that uses 100% tea tree oil for maximum results. After several months of testing, doctors found that tea tree oil was on par with the results seen after using standard topical antifungal treatments.
Why use medical treatments with mystery ingredients when there is an all natural alternative that is just as effective? Paint the oil on the affected nails twice a day for at least two months. The nail has to grow out for the fungus to be eradicated, so you may not see results for a several months.
You can find more simple and effective cures for toenail fungus in my previous post.
Vaginal Yeast Infection
Dilute tea tree essential oil and soak a tampon in it. Keep it in the vagina overnight. Its antiseptic properties are excellent for treating infections. I’ve already written an article on how to treat yeast infections naturally where you can find more information.
If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.
Give it a Chance
There are many sceptics when it comes to natural health treatments. They search tirelessly for “cutting edge” cures to life’s most irritating problems without realizing that there is a far more simple solution.
You don’t have to turn to processed substances loaded with mystery chemicals to see results. Tea tree oil extracted from the melaluca alternifolia has experienced an exponential amount of interest amongst natural health enthusiasts in recent years for one reason: it works. As a safe, natural, and affordable alternative, there is practically no reason for you not to give it a try.
If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them: