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The Exceptional Healing Properties of Tea Tree Oil

Updated on December 27, 2015

Tea Tree Essential Oils

Tea tree essential oils are very versatile and are used widely for a variety of purposes owing to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is also known as Melaleuca oil and is available in clear to a pale gold color. The essential oil, which is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia has a camphor scent. Melaleuca alternifolia is indigenous to New South Wales in Australia. Using the term ‘tea tree oil' to refer to Melaleuca oil would be incorrect since, the tree is a paper bark and not really a tea plant. Neither should it be associated with the seasoning and cooking tea oil that is obtained from tea oil plants like camellia sinensis and camellia oleifera or the regular tea that we drink. The oil is believed to have great healing powers and hence, has been in included for preparation of various medical formulas.

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Medical Uses of Tea Tree Essential Oils

Due to its antiseptic qualities, it is included in various skin care regimes and treatment of skin related ailments. Tea tree oil is recognized as a potent antifungal agent and thus is effective in treating malassezia furfur, the root cause of dandruff. It is used in topical tea tree oil preparations for candidiasis since its antifungal and antiseptic properties enable it to eliminate Candida in vitro. Topical tea tree oil formulations for treatment of moderate acne are also very popular. Besides this, tea tree oil is also very popular for treating boils, sunburns, insect bites, bee stings, wounds, ear infections and poison ivy.

Other Uses of Tea Tree Essential Oils

Since it is an effective antiseptic agent, Tea Tree Oil is extensively used in treating not only fungal but also bacterial and viral infections. It is also very useful for treating common cold and flu as they have the ability to stimulate perspiration which acts as natural defense mechanism. It is also very helpful in healing minor wounds since it is known to possess cell regeneration properties. It has certain healing properties that enable it to reinforce not only the various organ systems but also the human body on the whole. Since it strengthens the immune system, it is also very often used to treat people afflicted with glandular fever, M.E. and H.I.V. In addition, tea tree essential oils are also very effective against acne, warts, and cold sores.

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Tea Tree Oil Side Effects

Tea tree oil side effects are not very severe and nor they are common. Most of these side effects are due to the presence of other mixtures and drugs which are being used by an individual. Tea tree oil side effects include soreness and rashes along with allergic reactions to the liquid when it is in contact with skin. In such cases it is a good idea to wash of the liquid with warm water thoroughly and soap. Before applying large amounts of tea tree oil to the skin it is a good idea to perform a patch test to determine whether a person is allergic to the oil.

Tea tree oil side effects are also caused when people tend to use fake products that are available in local roadside stores. When you are buying tea tree oil you need to buy good quality therapeutic essential oils as it helps to reduce the chances of worsening your condition using these creams. In most cases it is seen that tea tree oil usually did not have any side effects and the problems were caused due to interference in the drugs the person was ingesting prior to the use of this oil. Tea tree oil has been known to cause toxicity if internally ingested. Symptoms of internal toxicity can include dizziness, disorientation and nausea.

Well Known Remedies Using Tea Tree Essential Oils

If you have a cold sore, try dabbing tea tree oil concentration directly on it. To treat ailments like warts and verrucae, put a drop of pure tea tree essential oil in the center and then cover it with plaster. Follow this regime daily to see noticeable results.


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    Ria Brown 7 years ago

    I used it in my bath b/c I had a rash develop on my wrist and was worried about, gulp, Scabies. Even though the rash, well, really, tiny bite marks disappeared during the week, I was worried as Scabies usually only take hold after a month or so. As a prophylactic, I used tea tree oil. One of the neighbors complained that I used too much and it aggravated asthma, as any strong scent can do, so it IS important to just use a few drops in bathwater, not an ounce, like I did, but my lungs feel clearer, my voice, sotto voce for years, now squeaks again, which is, errr, normal anyway, and my skin feels bees yet! And also the little water bugs that favor my kitchen sink area...they did not like the scent and have temporarily vacated.

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    Victor Goodman 9 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Great info. I've been using Melaleuca oil product from Melaleuca out of Idaho Falls, ID for years now.

    Thanks for sharing