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 it. It’s advised that you consult your doctor before using essential oils.
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.
Properties of Tea Tree Oil
If used undiluted, it could cause contact dermatitis or other problems that may occur. We’re all different and our bodies can react differently. For most people when properly diluted there is no allergic reaction to it, but for some people, there is an allergic reaction.
Tea tree oil is mostly used topically (on skin). It’s 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 don’t swallow the toothpaste. Internal use (mostly in children) caused drowsiness, allergic reactions, rashes, loss of muscle control in arms and legs. One person supposedly drank half a cup of it and went into a coma. With all these statements, I wouldn’t suggest ingesting it at all.
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 hasn’t been done. You should most certainly only use the oil with the consult of your doctor first! This will help ensure that you’re using it properly and that any medications you are taking will be safe and effective.
Oil that’s been exposed to air may trigger allergies more than fresh oil. It’s advised that you don’t use it after it has oxidized.
Consult a physician before using essential oils. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder.
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
Make your own Antibiotic Ointment using tea tree oil!
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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