The miracle of tea tree oil

I’ve been reading about it for a long time, and then *gasp* I found it in our bathroom. that is sort of a miracle, since my mom & bro aren’t lotions & potions kind of people. Now that I’ve read what it’s about, I belive one of them must of used it for athlete’s foot (TMI?  😉 ). 

Anyway, since I’ve read how wonderful it is supposed to work on pimples/acne/ blemishes, I tried it and fell in love. It’s like those immediate responce blemish gels, but natural and it works better, imho.

You can google it for yourself, this is a short introduction; Tea tree is native to Australia, where it was a traditional medicine for the Aboriginal people. Despite its name, it is unrelated to the tea which can be found in most kitchens. Rather it was named by Captain Cook who, upon reaching Australia, brewed a tea-like drink from the leaves. 

Tea tree oil has anaesthetic, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.  

People use tea tree oil for the following conditions & other uses: 

  • Acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, vaginitis, thrush, periodontal disease, as an antiseptic, boils, lice, eczema, psoriasis, yeast infection
  • natural deodorizer; add a few drops of tea tree oil to your wash to help deodorize clothes to get rid of odors
  • if you add few drops of tea tree oil to your household cleaning solution, it will help repel insects
  • it helps disinfect areas that may harbor bacteria and viruses

As allways, it can cause irritation, and it should not be taken internally, even in small quantities. 

Some tea tree oil smell stronger then others for several reasons, including different generic properties or diferent distilation techniques. There is no scientific evidence of differing aroma’s affecting the effectivnes of tea tree oil. 

Studies – While numerous laboratory studies have demonstrated antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil (likely due to the compound terpinen-4-ol), only a small number of high-quality trials have been published. Human studies have focused on the use of topical tea tree oil for fungal infections (including fungal infections of the nails and athlete’s foot), acne, and vaginal infections. However, there is a lack of definitive available evidence for the use of tea tree oil in any of these conditions, and further study is warranted.

(sources; here, here, here, here, here. )

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