BENEFITS OF TEA TREE OIL:
Tea tree oils have been used in Australia as an ointment for close to 100 years.
The oil has been used for almost 100 years as a healing treatment in Australia, particularly for skin conditions. Today it is used for a number of conditions.
Tea tree oil is probably best known for its antibacterial activity.
Some research suggests that the broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity associated with the oil comes from its ability to damage the cell walls of bacteria. More research is needed to understand how it might work.
Tea tree oil may help quell inflammation, possibly due to its high concentration of terpinen-4-ol, a compound with anti-inflammatory properties.
A review of the effectiveness of tea tree oil highlights its ability to kill a range of yeasts and fungi. The majority of the studies reviewed focus on Candida albicans, a type of yeast which commonly affects the skin, genitals, throat, and mouth.
Some studies show that tea tree oil can help treat certain viruses, but research is limited in this area.
Tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health advise that research into the effects of topically applied tea tree oil in people is limited.
However, the oil may be useful for a number of skin complaints like Acne. Acne is the most common skin condition. It affects up to 50 million Americans at any one time.
6. Athlete’s foot
Symptoms of athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, were reduced through topical application of a tea tree oil cream, according to one study.
7. Contact dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is a form of eczema caused by contact with an irritant or allergen. Several treatments for contact dermatitis were compared, including tea tree oil, zinc oxide, and clobetasone butyrate. Results suggest that tea tree oil was more effective in suppressing allergic contact dermatitis than other treatments. However, it did not have an effect on irritant contact dermatitis.
8. Dandruff and Cradle Cap
Tree tree oil can be used to soothe cradle cap on an infant’s scalp.
Mild to moderate dandruff related to the yeast Pityrosporum ovale may be treated with 5 percent tea tree oil, according to one study.People with dandruff who used a 5 percent tea tree oil shampoo daily for 4 weeks showed significant improvements in overall severity, as well as in the levels of itchiness and greasiness, when compared with a placebo.
9. Head lice
Head lice are becoming more resistant to medical treatments, so experts are increasingly considering essential oils as alternatives.
10. Nail fungus
Fungal infections are a common cause of nail abnormalities. They can be difficult to cure.
11. Oral health
A gel containing tea tree oil may be beneficial for those with chronic gingivitis, an inflammatory gum condition.Study participants who used tea tree oil gel experienced a significant reduction in bleeding and inflammation when compared with a placebo or a chlorhexidine antiseptic gel.Other research indicates that a type of bacteria associated with bad breath may be treated with tea tree oil and alpha-bisabolol, the active component in chamomile.
Risks associated with ingestion
Never swallow tea tree oil as it can cause: