- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Tea Tree Oil: Nature's Medicine Cabinet in a Bottle
Holistic Medicine Cabinet
Tea tree oil is an amazingly versatile, effective and useful natural remedy and is a staple in my holistic medicine cabinet. Here are just a few reasons why you should add tea tree oil to your next shopping list!
A Little Tea Tree History
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree which is indigenous to Australia. The healing properties of the Melalueca tree have been used for centuries amongst the aboriginal people of Australia for everything from wound care to bronchial health and much more.
Tea tree oil started to become more widely used when Arthur Penfold, a researcher, published reports in the 1930’s on the efficacy of tea tree oil as an antimicrobial agent. With more and more people becoming aware of and interested in holistic alternatives to chemical preparations, tea tree oil is making a huge comeback and with good reason!
A Cornucopia of Healing
Tea tree oil packs a curative punch with its myriad of healing properties. It is an antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, fungicide, insecticide, cicatrisant and expectorant.
This fresh and verdantly scented oil contains high amounts of alpha pinene, beta pinene, sabinene, alpha phellandrene, myrcene, alpha terpinene, cineole, limonene, linalool, and terpinenol, all of which combine to create an incredibly potent and effective holistic remedy for almost anything that ails you.
Tea Tree Oil Treatments
Research has shown that tea tree oil can effectively be used for the following:
-acne and other skin infections
-helps heal wounds and diminish scarring
-destroys and repels parasites such as fleas, lice and ticks
-helps prevent and cure the common cold and influenza
-soothes and treats bronchial issues like congestion, cough, and bronchitis
-combats dandruff and premature hair loss
-cleans and disinfects wounds
-treats fungal infections like Athlete’s Foot
-boosts immunity and wards off airborne pathogens when diffused
-a natural cleanser for the home
First Aid Kit in a Bottle
Tea tree oil is a veritable first aid kit in a bottle and extremely easy to use.
For wound care, acne, fungal and other skin infections, simply place a few drops of the oil on a cotton ball and wipe down the wound. For extra cleansing and healing, use a second cotton ball with oil on it to leave on the wound and place a bandage over it.
For congestion, cough, bronchial issues, and symptoms of cold and flu, mix tea tree oil with your favorite carrier oil and massage on chest, throat and back. Diffusing tea tree essential oil in a diffuser also helps to relieve sinus pressure and congestion.
For fungal infections on the feet, such as Athlete’s Foot, add about 10-12 drops of tea tree oil to a carrier oil such as olive, almond, or coconut oil and massage onto the affected areas every day until the infection clears.
For sore, inflamed gums and bad breath, add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to water or your favorite mouth wash and swish and spit. It’s not advisable to swallow tea tree oil as it is best used externally and not meant to be taken internally.
For dandruff and hair loss, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to your favorite shampoo. You can also massage the oil directly onto your scalp and leave it on for half an hour prior to washing your hair.
To repel parasites like fleas, ticks and lice, spray hair, clothes, pet beds, etc. with a mixture of water and tea tree oil.
For all natural home cleaning, add tea tree oil to a sprayer bottle with water and use to freshen sheets, garbage cans, pet beds, carpets, hampers. You can also add tea tree oil to water and white vinegar for a super cleanser for hard surfaces and floors and it works wonders for removing mold and mildew.
A Must Have Essential Oil
The uses of tea tree oil to cleanse, sanitize and heal are almost limitless and the best part is that tea tree oil is completely natural and devoid of the side effects of chemical preparations. As if that weren't enought, tea tree oil is one of the least expensive essential oils on the market. It's an absolute must have for every green, holistic home!