Uses For Tea Tree Oil
The list of uses for tea tree oil is impressive. Because it has a strong reputation as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial oil, this herbal remedy has long been used successfully to treat acne.
Tea tree oil is made by steaming the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant which is native to Australia. The oil contains constituents called terpenoids (alcohols occurring naturally in essential oils) which kill fungus and bacteria. It smells like a pleasant disinfectant.
This completely natural product penetrates the skin easily, is non-irritating and has a very low incidence of skin sensitivity. Studies have been done to compare the effectiveness of tea tree oil to benzoyl peroxide, a popular over-the-counter topical acne treatment. It was discovered that while tea tree oil was only slightly less effective than benzoyl peroxide, it did not cause the dryness and peeling associated with benzoyl peroxide use.
Tea tree oil comes in the form of ointments, lotions, creams and soaps however all tea tree oil products are not equal. Often beauty and skin-care products containing tea tree oil have only minuscule amounts that provide no real anti-bacterial effects. You may wish to buy 100% pure tea tree oil to experience it's true, natural healing abilities. Just make certain that the label clearly states that it derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant.
There are many other uses for tea tree oil. It's pain-numbing properties make it useful in treating aches and pains such as arthritis, bursitis, sprains, gout and hemorrhoids. It's anti-fungal properties make it a wise choice for treating athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm and nail fungus. Tea tree oil can also be used to sooth throat and chest infections, clearing up congestion when inhaled.
There are many more uses for tea tree oil too. The Aboriginal tribes of Australia considered to be a "cure all" long before it gained recognition here.
It is important to note that tea tree oil, if ingested can be toxic so special care should be taken both when using it and storing it.
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