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Medicinal Properties of Tea Tree Oil

Updated on March 5, 2014

Medicinal History of Tea Tree Oil

Native Australians have been using Tea Tree oils antiseptic and anti-fungal properties for a very long time, however it was not used as common medical practice until the 1920-30's, when researcher Arthur Penfold started publishing his research on Tea Tree's antimicrobial activities. Tea Tree oil has not only gained recognition in the skin care industry, but has a medicinal history as well. In fact it was mandatory during World War II that Tea Tree oil be packed in Australian armed forces first aid kits, and in London hospitals are known to use soaps that have Tea Tree oil in them for hygiene of both staff and patients. Traditionally Tea Tree oil was used by inhaling the oils from crushed leaves to treat colds and coughs.

It was not until a friend of mine who had suffered from severe athlete's foot, mentioned to me how Tee Tree oil was the only thing that effectively treated their condition, that I began to research this amazing oil.  This friend had tried many different medications in which none of them seemed to work.  As I began my research I very quickly learned that Tea Tree oil is known to effectively treat skin infections, such as Poison Ivy- Oak, wounds, cuts, burns and has anti- fungal properties, which is why my friends condition improved after using a goat's milk lotion that had Tea Tree in it.

Tea Tree Oil a Healthier Antibacterial

I think this is amazing and love hearing of testimonies of natural remedies. When I heard of this news I immediately begun to read up on this oil and also learned that this oil is being used to treat staff infections such as (MRSA). Tea Tree’s antibacterial properties make handmade soaps made with Tea Tree oil a great alternative than using antibacterial soaps that have Triclosal in them. Although Tea Tree has been proven to be an effective antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory you should always check with your health care provider before using any new form of treatment even if it is a natural remedy. Tea Tree has been known to have some side effects, some people might be allergic to the cineole in the tea tree oil, it is recommended not to use Tea Tree oil if you are breast feeding and or are pregnant, and like lavender there have been a small amount of links to temporary breast enlargement among young boys, medically know as prepubertal gynecomastia. The good news is that this is very rare and goes away after use of the oils.


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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Jami thanks so much for sharing your testimony, that is great news! So glad your son is better and yes Herbs definitely do cure. Take care, Rob.

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      Jami 6 years ago

      Tea tree oil cured my sons fingernail fungus in less then a week. I dipped a q-tip in 100 percent pure tea tree oil (I did not dilute it) I rubbed it all around and on the infected fingernail. I then rubbed a small amount of vaseline over the area and bandaged it up. I did this for approx. 4-5 nights before bed. It cured it! He said it felt better the next morning and the pain was completely gone in a couple applications. Its been a month now without any more applications and the fingernail is still normal and healthy. Herbal is definitely the way to go on ALL ailments! pharmaceuticals only mask the symptoms and in the long run, causes more problems. Herbs cure!

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Teresa, I am with ya! I too love learning and sharing what I have learned on anything that is holistic, so glad you found this hub on tea tree oil, and thanks for commenting!

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Great article. I love your hubs. I enjoy reading and learning about anything holistic. Thanks for sharing. Teresa

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      toknowinfo, yes tea tree is truly amazing, thanks for stopping by and reading this hub, I am so glad you found it useful, and thanks for rating this hub up. Be well- Rob

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      toknowinfo 7 years ago

      Tea tree oil is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing your information and teaching me even more about the product. Rated up and useful and bookmarked.

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      Tatum Birch 7 years ago from Canada

      No Problemo:)

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Tatum Birch, thanks so much for sharing this tea tree remedy on riding yeast growth on diapers, isn't tea tree oil just amazing!

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      Tatum Birch 7 years ago from Canada

      Tea Tree Oil is great for washing cloth diapers to get rid of yeast growth on the diapers. Just a few drops does the trick.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      onceuponatime66, I am going to research Cystic Nodules this week and place a couple of calls to some friends who are experts in herbal healing. Have you ever tried using oil of oregano? I just recently wrote a hub on this amazing oil and just stumbled upon this link

      last night. I will follow up with you to share with you of my findings.

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      Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

      You seem to have so much helpful advice and I really like that. If you read my hub on ACNE, you can see I struggle with it. I have been diagnosed with Cystic Nodules any ideas it's only on my face? Five years now. It spreads too.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Pamela99 yes tee tree oil has anti-fungal properties, great for getting rid of toe nail fungus.

      Darlene I am so glad you have enjoyed this hub on tee tree oil, and am thrilled that you have a desire to learn more about medicinal herbs. Hopefully I will be publishing much more. Take care my friend.

      Katie2, Yes Tee Tree oil is very cool isn't wonderful that we have so many natural alternatives. We just have to relearn today what was common practice not too long ago.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh MY, how cool the options and benefits of tea tree oil and the medicinal properties and uses, I had no idea about the many benefits of tea tree oil other than skin care. This is great information and much appreciated. Thanks :) Katie

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      wow, another fantastic hub, Omg I want to learn all about all this stuff, you are a walking Einstien my dear friend. This is an perfect hub, all natural is my think and more people are moving in this directions. I need your site address again, I am ready to order some of your stuff. rate this way up peace, love & God Bless you and yours, darski

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      This has worked to get rid of toe nail fungus also. IT seems there are many uses that I didn't know about. Interesting hub.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      I just recently read that tee tree and geranium among some other essential oils have just proven to kill MRSA and E-coli, however drug companies are turning away from this due to the fact that they can not patent the oils. Kinda crazy- right.

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      I really love to enjoyed reading to find this natural tea tree medicinal properties .You wrote fabulous information ,lot of people they dont know about this like me.

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      Jackie Paulson 7 years ago from USA IL

      I have used tea tree for acne and fungus and It just doesn't' work for me but this hub is great advice because we are all different.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I find it interesting that in WW2 in Australia, that Tea Tree Oil was mandatory in the first aid kits. Thanks for sharing this information. I love natural remedies if they are an option first, and it is interesting to see all the possible things tea tree oil may be beneficial with.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Me too!

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      sligobay 7 years ago from east of the equator

      I love to find new natural remedies that have not been exploited and monopolized by the pharmaceutical industry. Thank you for sharing this information.


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