Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Introduction

Tea Tree Oil is one of the most useful essential oils out there! I use it for so many things, some of which I will fill you in on below. First though, I am going to start out by telling you what Tea Tree Oil is and where it can from. Then I will let you know how it works and what makes it so useful. From there, I will tell you what it can be used for and why I love it so much.

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What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca Oil, is an essential oil that comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, or tree, located in Queensland Australia. It is mostly a clear liquid and it has a potent but refreshing scent.

Aboriginal communities in Australia have used this oil for centuries to treat various illnesses. They even use the leaves to make Melaleuca Tea. The oil itself is more potent than the leaves and can cause everything from stomach aches to coma if swallowed. For this reason it is used for topical treatments only. It can also be used as a cleaning product when diluted.

The reason Tea Tree Oil is so useful is that in various studies and trials it has shown promise as a great antimicrobial. It is especially effective in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. It has been shown to help various conditions such as acne, dandruff and lice. It has also been shown to fight fungal infections such as nail infections or thrush. I will talk about some of these later and how to effectively use Tea Tree Oil to help treat them.

Notice how I did not claim that it cures any of these diseases. It does help treat them, making the length of the infection shorter but you may still need to use traditional medicine to completely cure the infection.

Guidelines For Use

Before I get into all the great uses for Tea Tree Oil I just want to go over some basic guidelines when using it.

First, some of the conditions I have listed below are serious, or can become serious medical conditions. As stated above, Tea Tree Oil helps treat these conditions but it may not cure them. Make sure to see you doctor or dentist and follow their treatment plan along with the Tea Tree Oil treatment. I do believe natural medicine is the way to go but I believe there is a reason and purpose behind traditional medicine as well. I use both myself and I have seen great results.

Second, please test a drop of Tea Tree Oil on your skin before using any of these treatments. Some people are allergic to Tea Tree Oil and have severe reactions to it as a result. Make sure you will have a normal reaction to it before using it on a regular basis.

Third, when you go to purchase Tea Tree Oil, you will see a million different brands and types. You want to make sure that whatever brand you purchase, it is labeled as 100% Tea Tree or Melaleuca Oil. Do not purchase Tea Tree Oil that is already combined with other oils. It will not be as effective. Often when it comes already combined with other oils, there is very little Tea Tree Oil contained in it.

Fourth, do not use it on your children. Even though it is all natural, it is potent. In tests children have sometimes had a severe reaction to it, even when used in small doses. Their skin is a lot more sensitive than ours. Because of this you will want to make sure that you keep this oil out of reach of your children as well.

Fifth, do not ever swallow it. I know I already mentioned this above but I am going to say it again. Swallowing this stuff is bad. Do not do it.

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Medical Uses for Tea Tree Oil

I use Tea Tree Oil for a lot of things and I have found it to be very effective. The first time I ever used it was in high school. My mom used Tea Tree Oil for everything and we (my siblings and I) used to tease her about it. Then I started getting acne on he sides of my face. I tried treating it with the normal over the counter creams and washes but instead of making it better, they made it worse. I have eczema and the creams and washes I was using caused the eczema to act up. So now I had eczema and acne in the same place and it was horrible. Nothing worked to treat it, not even the prescriptions from the doctor. Everything seemed to be working against me. That was when my mom begged me to try tea tree oil. I used it for six months, twice a day, along with a soap free face wash and an alcohol free moisturize and my acne and eczema cleared up. I have not had problems with acne since. This is why I am so passionate about it. Below I have listed some great uses for Tea Tree Oil that you can try!

  • Acne-Put a two drops of Tea Tree Oil on a cotton swab and use it on the infected area. If you have more than one area that needs to be treated, make sure to use a new cotton swab for each area so as not to spread bacteria. Start out using this once a day to ensure you do not have an adverse reaction. If you react well to it and it your infection is particularly bad, use this treatment twice a day. Once in the morning and once before bed.
  • Eczema- Dilute a two drops of Tea Tree Oil into a couple oz of water, olive oil, coconut oil (this is the best), or lotion. Then put a couple drops on a cotton ball and apply to affected area once a day.
  • Thrush- Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth. Children are most often to get it but adults can get it too. This treatment should NOT be used on children because of the dangers of swallowing tea tree oil. Dilute two to three drops of Tea Tree Oil into 4 oz of water. Rinse with this as you would a mouth wash. Remember DO NOT SWALLOW!! Do this four times a day until the infection subsides.
  • Canker Sores- Same treatment as above.
  • Fungal Infection of the nails- Put two to three drops of Tea Tree Oil a cotton swab and apply to the infected area. You'll want to do this twice a day. You can also put five drops of Tea Tree Oil in a shallow bath and soak your feet or hands in it. Then dry with a towel.
  • Yeast Infection-If the infection is on your arm or leg, you will want to add two to three drops of Tea Tree Oil to a cotton swab and apply it to the area twice a day. If it is a feminine yeast infection you will want to do the following. Dilute three drops of Tea Tree Oil 1/2 oz of water. Apply a few drops of this mixture to a maxi pad and wear the pad as normal. Change the pad as needed
  • Minor cuts and scraps- Tea Tree Oil can actually sting or burn broken skin so you do not want to apply pure Tea Tree Oil to an open cut. However, there are products, similar to Neosporin, that have a small amount of Tea Tree Oil in it. These are usually found at health food specialty stores. You will, of course want to clean the wound first and then apply some of the antibiotic ointment to it.
  • Athlete's Foot-There a few ways to treat this with Tea Tree Oil. First you need to make sure that your feet are clean so wash them thoroughly, especially between the toes since this is where the infection is worst. Then apply three to four drops of Tea Tree Oil to a cotton swab and apply to infected area. Do this at least once a day. Another way to treat your feet after washing them is to mix two to three drops of the oil with 1/2 oz Olive Oil and message onto feet, especially between toes. This treatment would probably be best to do before bed. The last option is to put five drops of Tea Tree Oil into a foot bath and soak your feet.Make sure to dry them thoroughly after this treatment.
  • Gingivitis or Gum disease- Mix two drops of Tea Tree Oil into two oz of water and rinse like you would with mouth wash. Do this once a day. Again, do not swallow it. Also, with any form of gum disease you want to make sure your are brushing and flossing at least twice a day. There are mouthwashes you can purchase that have some Tea Tree Oil in them. Again, these are normally found at health food specialty stores
  • Dandruff- Put two to thee drops of Tea Tree Oil in the shampoo in your hand. Then wash as normal. I have not used this oil for this purpose myself but I have heard it tingles. This treatment will help heal dry skin on your scalp which is why it works for dandruff. If you go to a specialty health store you may find dandruff shampoo that includes Tea Tree Oil in the ingredients.
  • Lice-Mix six drops of Tea Tree Oil to one oz shampoo. Message this mixture onto scalp an leave it on for 10 minutes. Then rinse. This is a treatment you would do once a day until there is not evidence of lice or eggs.
  • Head Cold or Sinus Infection- Add six to seven drops of Tea Tree Oil to four cups of boiled water. Then drape towel over head and lean over water so that you can inhale the steam. Before you drape the towel over yourself, make sure the water has cooled off a bit. If it is too hot the steam will burn your face! Do this once a day until sinuses clear.
  • Foot Odor-Mix two to three drops of Tea Tree Oil with Jojoba or Rosemary Oil, just a few oz. Put this mixture into a small spray bottle.You can usually get empty small spray bottles at a drug store or department store. Spray on feet as needed. This treatment is more effective when feet are sprayed and allowed to dry for a few minutes before you put on your shoes in the morning.
  • Household Cleaner- If you would like to use Tea Tree Oil as a household cleaner there are a couple of companies out there that offer holistic cleaning products which have Tea Tree Oil as an ingredient. Just make sure to test it first. I used one and was allergic to one of the other ingredients in it.

These are just some of the discomforts Tea Tree Oil can be used for. There are many more uses out there but these are the most common ones.

When used properly and in moderation, Tea Tree Oil is a great addition to your medicine cabinet. It is also relatively inexpensive because you only need to use a few drops at at time! So the next time you have one of the health issues listed above, give it a try! It could change your world!

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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

I've used tea tree oil in cleaning but not for medical uses. Interesting article. And nice to see you posting again. It's been a while since you've come across my feed. :)


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Katya Drake 2 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thank you DeborhaNeyens. It feels good to be posting again. Thank you for taking the time to read my Hub and thank you for your comments. Tea Tree Oil is great for so many things.


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Swisstoons 2 years ago from Michigan

Tea tree oil is contained in many of the toothpastes sold at healthfood stores (I'm a big label reader)...but I had no idea it had as many uses as you've presented here. Interesting and very useful hub!


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Katya Drake 2 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thank you for your comments Swisstoons! Tea Tree Oil does have countless uses. It is really great.


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gluyasbill 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

I have not known some of the uses of tea tree oil just like what you have listed here but I really believe that it has a lot of benefits. Tea tree oil blended with manuka honey is also best for scratches, scabies and insect bites.


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Katya Drake 2 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Gluyasbill, I did not know you could use tea tree oil with manuka honey for scratches and insect bites. That is great to know since tea tree oil cannot be used in its pure form on scratches. Thank you! Also thank you so much for taking an interest in my hub. I appreciate it.


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MarleneB 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

Yeah, we like to disregard our mother sometimes, but mothers really do know best. I have used tea tree oil for skin care and really agree with everything you share here. I have never used it as a household cleaner. It's something to try. Thank you. I learned a lot more about tree oil than I ever knew before now.


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Katya Drake 2 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thank you Marlene for taking the time to read my Hub and for your wonderful comments!

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