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The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Updated on June 19, 2011

The benefits of tea tree oil are innumerable. Tea tree oil is a skin care miracle. This is a native of Australia, where over 300 species of tea trees grow naturally. Latterly tea tree oil has become a natural ingredient in all kinds of cosmetic products such as face soaps, shampoos and ointments.

Tea tree oil has amazing healing powers. This essential oil has been used for soothing skin and as a remedy for wounds and cuts by the aboriginal tribes in Australia for thousands of years. Apart from this, it is effectively being used to treat insect bites, athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, abscess, oily skin, acne, rashes, spots and warts. It is found to be effective to cure diaper rash, sunburns, smelly feet and problems related to toenail infections. The aboriginals have known this secret to healthy and glowing skin for centuries.

When tea tree leaves are crushed, it produces an essential oil with components in varying amounts. This oil is used extensively in aromatherapy and is so potent that it can be diluted up to many times its volume without losing its original effectiveness. It’s extremely useful in all kinds of skin and hair care.

You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular shampoo to treat hair problems like persistent dandruff and itchy scalp. Massage it in, leave it on for 5-7 minutes and rinse off. It will even prevent head lice. Adding a few drops in pet shampoo helps keep tics and rashes at bay.

Photo by Eric in SF (Rights Reserved)
Photo by Eric in SF (Rights Reserved)

A tea tree oil remedy can be utilized to care for a large assortment of medical problems. The oil can be inhaled by adding few drops in a vaporizer or steam bath, by doing this it provides an instant remedy for constant cold and cough. Daily use of this oil has been reported to be very effective against bronchitis, asthma, cough, catarrh, tuberculosis and sinusitis.

Tea tree oil is a general disinfectant and can remedy genito-urinary tract infections like vaginitis, thrush, pruitis and cystitis. It is also found that this oilcan act as an immune system booster. It enables the body to battle against many infections. Using tea tree oil is especially helpful if the body has previously become weak due to stress, illness or after extended treatment with antibiotics. The anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of tea tree oil explain its extensive use in toothpastes, soaps, gargles, deodorants, germicides, disinfectants, colognes and aftershaves.

Although tea tree oil has no known side effects, one study shows that tea tree oil may possibly alter hormone levels. Occasionally some individuals may be sensitive to it and have allergic reactions, such as mild contact dermatitis or blisters and rashes. Undiluted or not properly mixed with carrier oil, tea tree oil can cause redness, skin irritation, itching and blistering.

Although it appears to be safe for other animals, it is advised not to use tea tree oil on cats.

Tea tree oil should not be internally consumed even in small quantities. It can cause impaired immune function, potential central nervous system depression and diarrhea also excessive sleepiness, drowsiness and confusion.

The tea tree extract in commercial gargles and toothpastes is commonly considered to be acceptable since it’s not supposed to be swallowed. If you choose to try these products, and any other product that has tea tree oil in it, be sure to read all of the instructions and directions before you consume any. Tea tree oil has many benefits that treat not only external conditions, such as problems with the skin and dryness, but also for calming the mind and relaxing you. Tea tree oil can also be an excellent base note if you like to make up your own tea tree aromatherapy products and blends. It blends well with other oils and essential scents that make it a great product to use for bath gels, bath foam, soap, lotion and many other kinds of products that are good for your skin.

You can try out tea tree oil in products like shampoo and conditioner, which are very soothing and therapeutic for your scalp and hair. It is also gentle to use, so even if you have a sensitive scalp or problem hair, it can still cleanse gently and be used often. You can find tea tree oil in many health stores, pharmacies, and online and other natural health stores. There are different potencies and variations of tea tree oil available to buy, so you can try different ones to find the product that is best for you. You can find a lot of helpful resources online about the many uses for tea tree oil.

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      Futamarka 4 years ago

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      chayajennie 5 years ago from Sandiego

      Quite informative hub. I thought tea tree means something related to tea!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Great informaiton. Just bought some tea tree essential oil yesterday and mixed a few drops with olive oil for my dry scalp. It's very refreshing and works great. The aroma is very relaxing and soothing.

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      AA 8 years ago

      i developed scarring patchy alopecia on the scalp. will a teatree leave-in conditioner heal the scars? help please, i am worried!!

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      f@biani 8 years ago

      This is Great.... It also works very well on mosquito/insect bites.

      Well put information, thank you Hilly.

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      Hilly Chism 8 years ago from Holland

      T, I've added a line about cats and tee tree oil, thanks for the info.

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      Watch Tower 8 years ago from New Zealand

      When I was young and wilder, ( in my 20's)  than I am now, I had my nipples pierced, and used what is known as a barbell adornment. I used tea tree oil as a disinfectant, Not only did it prevent any infections, it also helped heal the skin around the piercing.

      I know it is alos  been used by and in hospitals as an anti bactiral, against staff incetions, and worked when no other man made disenfectant  failed in preventing hte spred among patents.

      More recently  over a 4 year peroid I have had to undergo eight surgerys, After the first surgery I ended up in intestive care. At which point my barbell pricing had to be removed. When I got home after several days in hospital, I found I could not re inset my barbells due to an infection, I simply used tea tree oil and it cleared up any infection, it also healed the skin making it grow over the piercing hole.  I found upon leaving the hospital after surgery number 8  I found I had mager skin problems,  my sculp and face, as you can imagine, I became very self conises about the the face part, I have been using tea tree oil, and it is helping to restore my facial skin and sclup back to normal skin. 

      I have also used it on several surgical scares and it is helping reduce their appearance. So yes Tea tree oil is as I have found a wonderful natural all round excellent treatment  over the years.

      here is a shampoo product.

      Tea Tree Shampoo

      made by the original tea tree company

      Thursday Planation

      made in Australia Distributed by :

      South Africa SA Natural products (PTY) ltd Bothas hill 3660;UK: Optima Health & Nutrition, Cardiff, CF10 1AD

      the price of a 200 ml bottle here in New Zealand is $10.00

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      Hilly Chism 8 years ago from Holland

      Hi T, I'll see what I can find out about the pets and add it to the hub if it's definitive. Thanks for the input.

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      8 years ago

      I don't know this from personal experience, but have read multiple places that tea tree oil is poisonous to some animals and ***should NOT be used on cats.***

      It seems to be safe for dogs, however, if you want to rid them of fleas.

      Get a spray bottle of water, add some tea tree oil. Drench coat in mixture, let sit for a moment, and rinse out.

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      MT 8 years ago

      Thanks for all the great information. Something else that has worked for me, is while I had a horrible sinus infection, I put a couple of drops in my neti pot and it helped a lot.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks for share great tips, it useful for us.

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      Hilly Chism 8 years ago from Holland

      Mentic, That's what I use it for the most, A few drops in the shower really helps when you've got a cold or flu. Works better than Tiger balm or Vic's.

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      Mentik 8 years ago

      Is Tea tree oil as expectorant ? as I know tea tree oil only for topical like cream .

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      Ria 8 years ago

      Thank's for good information article.I will try to cure my eczema

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      Om Paramapoonya 8 years ago

      I've been using tea tree oil mouthwash. Love it. It tastes kind of funky but i like the smell. Nice hub =)

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      RVDaniels 8 years ago from Athens, GA

      Good hub. I've used it for all sorts of things but it's expensive here.

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      easy1 8 years ago from Ireland

      nice hub.