Tea Tree Oil: What is it? What can it be used for? Is it Really Safe

What is Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is found in evergreen leaves of the Australian Malaleuca alternifolia tree.

It has the ability to kill fungi and bacteria.

Tea tree oil comes in many products such as soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, lip balms, topical creams and body oils.

What is tea tree oil used for?

Tea tree oil can be used for many things.

It can be used to aid in minor cuts and burns, acne, athlete’s foot, mild nail fungus infections, vaginal yeast infections, and lungs when added to the bathtub or vaporizer.

Is tea tree oil safe?

Some studies indicate that, yes, tea tree oil is safe and effective to use.

It is considered safe to apply it to the skin on a daily basis, but cannot be used orally or inside of the ear as this may cause damage to the inner ear.

However, just like everyone is different, some people may be allergic to tea tree oil.

It is best to start off with only placing a small amount of tea tree oil on a small portion of the skin just in case a negative reaction may occur.

It has also been known in one study that consistent use of tea tree oil may result in breast swelling in males.

Nonetheless, tea tree oil can be sold no matter how little research is conducted on the effectiveness if this particular oil.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very informative, I have wondered about Tea Tree Oil. Thank you.


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thank you for stopping by Jackie. Yes Tea Tree Oil has some interesting benefits.


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nityanandagaurang 4 years ago

tea tree oil is really useful home remedy.these home e remedies should be tried in place harmful alopathy pills.nice hub christopher9882


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks nityanandagaurang. Very true about those harmful pills. Hopefully more people will learn that natural ingredients can help in more ways then one.


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thank you Golden Field!. Yes it is.


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G-Ma Johnson 4 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Very nice...I have used this for many years and it works..for me anyways...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thanks for stopping by my hub G-Ma Johnson! I have been using tea tree oil for quit some time myself. Couldn't imagine life without sometimes.


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Christopher - Interesting subject. I have seen articles wherein TTO has been suggested for use in ridding the body of external parasites. Some of the proposes uses for the oil that you described above were news to me.

Gus :-)))


jenubouka 4 years ago

Great info, I wondered how tea tree oil could be used. I have used it on a toothache though it is not advised. It was either that or taking an ice skate to the infected area. And if breast swelling occurs in males, what about females, we prefer that.


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thank you Gus for taking the time to review my hub! I am glad you were able to gain some-more insight on Tea Tree Oil.


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thank you Jenubouka for stoping by my hub. I believe it is worth a shot to see if Tea Tree Oil would work on breast swelling for a woman. Can't hurt to try?


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for sharing the benefits.


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

You are welcome Lady_E


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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Nice article! I hope this article helps people make a decision to try tea tree oil. I have tea tree oil in some hair, skin, and natural first aid products and will always have tea tree oil in my home.


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christopher9882 4 years ago from Chicago, IL Author

Thank you mythbuster for stoping by my hub. Tea Tree Oil is in many products, which I feel make them better in a sense.

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