Tea Tree Essential Oil

February 2, 2013 Natural remedies

tea tree essential oilThere are many remedies provided by nature, that can help us solve minor health problems and sometimes even more serious problems. Tea tree essential oil is one of the most efficient and most popular natural remedies.

Tea tree or Melaleuca alternifolia aetheroleum Australian plant, was first introduced to Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Its main properties are: antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antiseptic.

According to tea tree essential oil producers, it can be used both internally, mainly for respiratory and ENT problems and for urogenital disorders. Externally it can be effective for skin problems, articulation problems and nervous disorders.

Studies have shown that tea tree essential oil is effective against germs like Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.

When used internally, the recommended doses – which should be made by a health professional according to the problem and the history of a patient – should be mixed with a teaspoon of honey. In case of diabetes or other health problems, put it on a piece of bread, until the alcohol evaporates. It doesn’t taste so good, but considering its benefits, it’s worth the effort.

For external use, tea tree essential oil can be used under the form of:

- inhalations – a few drops in hot water (1 L)

- massage – 1-2 drops mixed with 10 ml of oil – olive oil, almond oil, etc.

- bath: a few drops (5-6) of essential oil directly in the bath water or mixed with 2 teaspoons of sweet almond, olive, sesame oil etc. Be careful not to pour the essential oil in a very hot water, as an important part of the essential oil will evaporate

- aromatherapy – 5-6 drops in water, to treat colds, toothaches, coughs, acne, and sunburn.

- compresses applied on the skin: dissolve 2 drops of tea tree essential oil in 100 ml of water and apply on a cotton pad or cloth. Maintain on the damaged skin (cut or sunburned) for an hour, 2 or 3 times a day.

Tea tree essential oil has proven effective to treat acne, dandruff, dry scalp and even head lice, as well as sinus infections. Moreover, it is a helpful aid in house cleaning thanks to its disinfectant properties.

Cautions: Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding, as well as people who have an allergic reaction to tea tree should not use it.