Tea Tree Oil - Home Remedies / Uses & Natural Cures For Infection
What is Tea Tree Oil
Many people may have never heard of Tea Tree Oil. I myself was one, however now it is my savior. Let's begin with what it even 'is'.
Historically, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea, which is how tea tree oil got its name. The part used medicinally is the oil from the leaves.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. It was commonly used as a general antiseptic by the aborigine tribes for thousands of years. However it has numerous uses and benefits, from alternative medicine, as an anti-bacterial, to household sanitation. It does have a somewhat strong odor when in pure form right out of the bottle, but once diluted as instructed it is definitely nothing offensive. To me the smell resembles something like Anbesol.
**Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid the use of Tea Tree Oil for precautionary measures.**
I recommend to never use undiluted Tea Tree Oil. It can be added to water or olive oil, depending on your preference. Undiluted Tea Tree Oil may cause itchiness, irritation, and redness on people with very sensitive skin.
Tea Tree Oil is effective against e-coli, staph, and many fungal or bacterial infections. It can prevent the spread and severity of viral infections in some instances as well. Below are some of its many uses.
- Acne - Dab a tiny bit on face. Although I've not tried this, it is said to have excellent results over time.
- Sinus/Viral Infections - Chest congestion and persistent coughing. Put a few drops in a hot bath, or vaporize over sink to produce steam.
- Wound Healing - Great disinfectant for cuts and minor burns.
- Topical Treatments - Used as an antiseptic relief for sunburns, rashes, shingles, warts, insect bites, and many skin irritations.
- Women's Infections - Chronic Bacterial Vaginitis that is very resistant to antibiotics will be cleared up with just a few drops. This has given me my life back! Although no two women are the same...I suggest you try it if you have this problem as well! Just mix a few drops with a tablesppoon or two of water, dab a cu-tip in, and insert for a few seconds.
- Fungal Infections - Athlete's Foot, Eczema, and Fungal/Yeast Infections. Often used on toenail fungus.
- Dandruff/Dry Scalp - Add a drop or two when shampooing.
- Head Lice Treatments
- Mold Removal/Control - 15 or so drops in a quart-size container or bottle.
- Mustiness/Odors - Same as above formula.
- Surface Sanitation - Great disinfectant properties! Combine about 2 tsps of tea tree oil into a spray bottle of 2 cups of water.
- Laundry - Add a couple drops to a load of extra soiled or smelly clothes. They will come out with a cleaner scent.
- Insect Repellent - The spray bottle formula can work great around campgrounds and hiking trips.