Tea Tree Essential Oil is best known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), and there is evidence that Tea Tree Oil massages prior to an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock.
The Tea Tree is a small tree or shrub with needle-like leaves. It is also domestically referred to as Ti-tree. It can grow up to 7 meters (20 feet) in height and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations. The Tea Tree is very robust; it is ready for cutting only two years after its’ previous harvest.
Tea Tree Oil Common Uses
Essential tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is one of the best natural antifungals, and bactericides. Maybe it is less known that tea tree oil is present in many of the top antifungal formulation on the market.
The pharmaceutical value of melaleuca it’s well beyond of just a simple antifungal, but even as an antifungal, it is almost miraculous. It is very effective, surpassing many pharmaceutical products. What makes it even better, is its ability to stimulate the skin to regenerate, and to stimulate its natural defense mechanisms. Tea tree extract also helps for itchy skin, so for a skin patch affected by an infection, its action will triple. This will speed up the recovery time, since in many cases the scratching will make the condition worse. Melaleuca Alternifolia effectiveness as antifungal
As an antifungal, melaleuca oil is effective in treating athlete’s foot, fungal toenail infection, and other fungal infections of the skin. I actually treated my athlete’s foot with tea tree. Nothing else worked, I used Lamisil and it kept it under control, but the fungi will always come back. When I used tea tree oil the fungus disappeared, and it never came back.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is also known as a very powerful immune stimulant. It can help to fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), and there is evidence that Tea Tree Oil massages prior to an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock. Used in vapor therapy, Tea Tree Oil can help with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections. For skin and hair, Tea Tree has been used to combat acne, oily skin, head lice and dandruff.
As an antibacterial tea tree oil is also extremely effective, being reported as very effective for acne, wound disinfection, folliculitis, impetigo, and any bacterial infection of the skin, in general. Probably one of the most remarkable applications of tea tree is the oral hygiene, and the spectacular results in treating gingivitis, or even more advanced cases of periodontal disease.
Tea tree has been also reported to work on mites infections, especially killing the demodex mites, responsible for a lot of cases of dermatitis. In order for it to be effective in eradicating the mites, the oil should be applied for about 45 days up to 60 days. The problem with prolonged use though, is that it can dry the skin up, and cause other problems. The skin will regenerate though after stopping the use of the oil, and the symptoms will disappear.
As essential oils have become more accepted by the public, the use of Tea Tree oil has increased significantly. This can be readily evidenced by the commercial products now using Tea Tree Essential Oil.
Tea Tree Oil in Aromatherapy
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia Plant Part: Leaves Extraction Method: Steam Distilled Origin: Australia Description: Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid. Consistency: Thin Note: Middle Strength of Aroma: Medium Blends well with: Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme. Aromatic Scent: Tee Tree Essential Oil has a fresh, antiseptic and medicinal scent. It also has characteristic mint and spice back-notes. History: The aboriginal people of Australia have long used Tea tree oil; similarly, Tea tree has a long history of use within the field of aromatherapy. In World War Two, the producers and the cutters of Tea Tree were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. The oil was a highly valued product as it was issued to each soldier and sailor as part of their kit in order to treat tropical infections and infected wounds. Click here to buy it from Amazon
Other Antifungal and Antibacterial Essential Oils
Cassia Essential Oil
Cassia Essential Oil is a great antifungal, and this particular brand is extremely effective, yen not expensive.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Cinnamon bark essential oil is one of the best essential oils for fighting infections. The strong anti bacterial properties are combined with its immunity boosting properties.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove essential oil is the fourth recommendation on this list, and it is as powerful as Cassia and Cinnamon. The reason I added these three ones is because Tea Tree smell can be a little too strong for some, so combining it with these should make it better.
How To Use Tea Tree Essential Oil
There are many ways to use tea tree essential oil. The simples way is to apply it neat on the affected zone, on the skin. Do not treat sensitive zones such as the genitals with the oil neat. Also tea tree oil is not for internal use.