One of the most effective oils that is used for its significant medicinal properties is the tea tree oil. Its Latin name is Melaleuca Alternifolia and it is also known by the names of Melaleuca oil and Australian tea tree oil. It is grown widely in Australia. This oil is produced by the steam distillation of the leaves of the plant. The oil has remarkable medicinal values and is an effective cure for various health disorders. It can be blended with other essential oils and can be used to treat a wide range of disorders.
Tea Tree Oil Uses
Tea tree oil can be used to cure many problems. Tea tree oil is widely used in aromatherapy and also in daily use items like after shave, toothpaste, soaps, disinfectants, mouth wash, deodorants, etc. When used in Aromatherapy, it can be used to treat Skin Disorders (Abscess, acne, athlete's foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites and oily skin), Respiratory Disorders (Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, tuberculosis and whooping cough) and Immune Disorders (Colds, fever, flu, Chicken Pox).
Health Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
The health benefits of using tea tree oil are many. It is not to be taken orally as it can be very dangerous for the liver and the nervous system. The tea tree oil when diluted with other essential oils works best on skin. The smell of this oil is quite pungent and strong, almost like a disinfectant. Thus, when it is diluted with other oils, the odor is masked.
- Tea tree oil can be used to ward off any type of infections from affecting the body as it has immuno-stimulant properties. It helps the body to build up natural resistance against outside infections.
- It can be used to treat toe nail fungal infection and Athlete’s foot. When massaged on the body, it can help get rid off sprains, joint injuries, sore muscles and body aches due to its pain numbing properties.
- Since it has a cooling effect, the tea tree oil can be used to treat sun-burns and other mild burns. It can also effectively treat burning and itching due to insect bites.
- Due to its disinfectant properties and insect-repelling action, it can be used to treat ticks and fleas on pets. Fungal infection affecting plants, animals, etc can also effectively be treated using tea tree oil.
- Many dentists prefer using tea tree oil before dental surgeries to reduce any kind of infections. It is also used to reduce irritation caused by dental procedures.