8 Amazing Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Each oil has its own unique flavour and properties. For instance, nut oils hold high levels of vitamins A, E, and fats. However, olive oil is high in fatty acids and great for preservation. Tea tree oil is a popular form with a camphor-like smell and soothing properties. Most importantly, it hosts an abundance of natural compounds which keeps you healthy and disease free.

These oils come from a tea tree native to Australia. Their compounds contain natural medicinal and healing properties. Thus, Australian aboriginals have been using these for centuries. First, they crush tea leaves to extract the oil. This oil can treat coughs, colds, and other sinus ailments through inhalation. Further, it helps to treat skin ailments by fighting pathogens.

There are multiple other benefits of tea tree oil for both mental and physical health.

General Cleansing

This is a natural and nontoxic hand sanitiser and cleanser. For instance, it can kill various illness-causing bacteria and viruses, especially those causing pneumonia or the flu. Further, many studies show that adding tea tree oil to soaps enhances reaction against e coli bacteria. Above all, it is most helpful during maximum exposure to microbes, such as during illnesses.

Make sure to look at the labels of soaps and detergents. These tell you about the percentage and presence of tea tree oil in the same. However, you may also make your own cleanser using this ingredient. Most importantly, these are preservative-free and thus do not come with side effects.

Freshening and Rejuvenation

Our bodies face constant exposure to dust, heat, and grime. Thus, our bodies perspire to provide a cooling effect. However, the sweat also reacts with bacteria on the skin to produce body odour. While commercial deodorants and roll-ons can fight this, these can irritate your skin. Further, it’s spray can harm the natural environment you live in.

Tea tree oil contains antibacterial and antiviral properties. Thus, these can fight bacteria causing body odour. By these means, it is an ideal alternative to conventional deodorants. Just like other cleansers, you can either buy these from all-natural organic stores or make it yourself at home.

Wound Healing

Scraps and wounds provide an easy route for germs to enter the body. This is a common cause of infections and diseases. However, tea tree leaves contain helpful antiseptic properties which safely terminate such foreign bodies. For instance, it can trigger white blood cells and reduce inflammation. Most importantly, this treats the S aureus bacterium which is a leading cause of open wound infections.

First, ensure that you clean the affected wound with water and soap. Next, apply a mixture of tea tree oil (one drop) and coconut oil (one spoon) to the affected area. Then cover it with a bandage. Make sure to apply this mixture 1-2 times a day to accelerate the healing process.

Acne Fighting Properties

Tea tree oil soothes and replenishes your skin. In the process, it fights skin impurities and germs responsible for acne. One study finds that just 5 percent of tea tree gel can reduce the risk of lesions and its severity. In addition, it is equally effective as benzoyl peroxide, which is one of the best anti-acne medications.

You can prepare an easy acne remedy using tea tree oil at home. Simply mix the oil and water in a 1:9 ratio. Next, use a cotton swab to apply the mixture to existing acne or acne-prone areas. Make sure to apply this 1-2 times a day, depending on severity. Alternatively, you can buy tea tree oil-based face gels at organic or health stores.

Dental Cleansing

Tea tree oil contains essential antibacterial properties which fights staleness and tooth decay. Further, it is more effective than common disinfectants and oral rinse components (eg. chlorexhydine). This suits nearly all body constitutions and comes does not carry side effects of conventional cleansers. However, make sure to continue brushing and flossing even if you use this component regularly.

You can make a tea tree mouthwash at home as well. Simply add one drop of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water. Then, mix this well and gargle for around 30 seconds. Most importantly, take care while rinsing as it can be toxic upon ingestion.

Soothing Inflammation

Dermatitis is a common form of skin inflammation. It occurs when your skin is repeatedly in contact with certain allergens (e.g. nickel). Over time, this causes redness, itching, and pain. Further, these can cause scars and rashes on affected areas.

Tea tree oil can reduce and alleviate these symptoms among both humans and animals. In fact, it can reduce more than 40% of symptoms, and is thus a preferable choice to standard medication. Further, it alleviates the symptoms of bug bites when the body releases histamine to defend itself. It also doesn’t come with the side effects of over-the-counter medications.

You can create a simple ointment to soothe inflammatory effects of rashes and bites. First, combine tea tree oil (10 drops), extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil (one tablespoon each). Combine this well in a container and seal it. Next, apply this to the inflamed region 1-2 times a day. The symptoms should subsequently reside.

Managing Dandruff

Dandruff is the dead cells off your scalp which intermingles with your hair. While this is not toxic or unclean, it can be a nuisance. Tea tree oil is an effective tool for both skin and hair health. Thus, it can cure dandruff, lice, and other hair-related conditions.

Multiple studies demonstrate the importance of tea tree oil in hair health. For instance, one study shows that shampoo with tea tree oil concentration resulted in a 40 percent decline in dandruff levels. Further, it can reduce irritation, oiliness, and dandruff severity. You can incorporate this oil into your routine by simply adding a few drops to a palmful of shampoo.

Treating Fungus

Nail and foot fungus are some common types of fungal infections. In both cases, natural remedies are the best way to go to avoid side effects. Above all, you can prepare some at-home remedies to store after use. These are cheap and long-lasting means to treat these conditions,

Nail fungus is a common ailment which you can either treat alone, or in combination with other remedies. One study compares a tea-tree oil based remedy to other anti fungal medicines. After six months, it finds that 60 percent of participants in either group found the fungus to partially or completely subside. To use this remedy, mix equal proportions of coconut oil and tea tree oil. Subsequently, apply this to affected areas.

Similarly, athlete’s foot is a common foot fungus infection. This can spread to your hands and toenails. Tea tree oil based remedies were 33 percent more effective than regular foot ointments. Moreover, they can relieve symptoms such as inflammation, scales, burns and itches. However, you must remember that this cure cannot vanish foot fungus entirely.

Simply mix arrowroot powder, baking soda (1/4th cup each) and tea tree oil (around 20 drops). Then, Mix it well and store in an airtight container. Make sure that your feet are dry and clean while applying the ointment.

Takeaways

In summary, tea tree oil is a non toxic, safe and natural ingredient for overall wellness. It is most useful for its cleansing, rejuvenating, and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, you may utilise or add this to a sanitiser, deodorant, soap, shampoo, or mouthwash. However, make sure to dilute it in the right proportions with other ingredients or carrier oils as needed. Further, do not directly ingest this as it can be toxic.

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Article By:

Dr. Muneesh

Dr. Muneesh S

Ayurveda Doctor

Dr. Maneesh S is an authority in the field of traditional style of Ayurvedic treatment. With over 10 years of expertise and a proven track record of classical style of treatment his work has immensely benefited several people all over India and the world. He mastered the Ayurvedic method of treatment from the renowned Pankajakasthuri Ayurveda Medical College, Trivandrum. His experience includes working with Somatheeram Resorts, Club Mahindra Resorts and as a Dubai Healthcare City licensed Consultant Physician. He has also traveled extensively across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent collecting medicinal plants to replenish his extensive organic infusions. He has treated patients with chronic and complicated diseases as well as delivered lectures on Ayurveda, partaken in discussions and seminars pertaining to the propagation of various treatment modalities cited in the Ayurveda texts. With his extensive knowledge on various subjects like Sanskrit, Vedas, Mythology, ancient Indian Culture and Classical arts etc., he is considered to be one of the best in the industry.

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