I want to share the 5 best ways to use tea tree oil. First, I am going to tell you what it is, where it comes from, and some of the warnings that come with using tea tree oil. It is advised that you consult you doctor before using essential oils such as tea tree oil.
What is Tea Tree oil?
It is derived from a tree called Melaleuca alternifolia, in latin (for commercial uses). This plant is native to Australia. It is made up of more than 98 compounds. The oil comes from the leaves of this tree. It has been used for many centuries by the natives of Australia.
Some great things about tea tree. It is…
If used undiluted, it could cause contact dermatitis or other problems may occur. We are all different and our bodies will act differently sometimes. For most people when properly diluted there is no allergic reaction to tea tree oil, but for some people there is an allergic reaction.
Mostly used topically (on skin.) It is said that tea tree is not to be ingested. I do see some recipes for toothpaste here and there using tea tree, they usually advise that you do not swallow the toothpaste. Internal use (mostly in children) caused drowsiness, allergic reactions, rashes, loss of muscles control in arms and legs. One person supposedly drank half a cup of tea tree oil and went into a coma. With all these statements, I would not suggest ingesting tea tree oil at all. See disclaimer.
Some small studies have been done on the effects of tea tree on certain types of infection, and it faired well, but extensive research still has not been done. You should most certainly only use tea tree oil with the consult of your doctor first! This will help ensure that you are using it properly and that any medications you are taking will be safe and effective.
Oil that has been exposed to air may trigger allergies more than fresh tea tree oil. It is advised that you do not use it after it has oxidized.
Consult a physician before using essential oil. These uses are not meant to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Affiliate links included in this post. See disclaimer.
The 5 best ways to use Tea Tree Oil:
- Natural Cleaning – 4-5 drops tea tree, to 2 cups of water (for all purpose cleaning)
- Acne – dilute 2-3 drops of tea tree with 20-40 drops of witch hazel
- Athlete’s Foot – Dilute in carrier oil 1-3 ratio, and apply with cotton ball overnight
- Dandruff – Add 1 drop tea tree, to 1 ounce of your normal shampoo. Mix well. Do not get into eyes or ingest.
- Nail fungus – Dilute in carrier oil 1-3 ratio, and apply with cotton ball overnight
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- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_tree_oil
- NCCIH (National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health), NIH(National Institute of Health): https://nccih.nih.gov/sites/nccam.nih.gov/files/Herbs_At_A_Glance_Tea_Tree_Oil_06-19-2012_0.pdf
There most definitely are affiliate links in this post. Use essential oils like tea tree oil at your own risk, and please do lots of research! Please see disclaimer.
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