Tea Tree Oil (also known as Melaleuca alternifolia) is a natural antibacterial disinfectant that has been used by Aboriginal people in Australia for thousands of years as one of their most helpful remedies.
It is believed that Captain Cook who sailed to Australia in the 17th century, has tried a hot and strong beverage made from melaleuca leaves and for this reason named this plant tea tree. However, modern scientific studies have already confirmed that this oil has numerous beneficial effects on human health and skin, as well as excellent healing properties.
But let’s take a look now at some major tea tree oil benefits.
Treat Skin and Acne Problems with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that can fight hundreds of bacterial and fungal skininfections, as well as other disorders such as blisters, skin cuts, burns, abscesses, oily skin and much more. Because of its strong antibacterial properties, it is very effective in treating acne, pimples and other skin blemishes and it is also widely used in many face and body crèmes, lotions and toners.
As a spot treatment, it is best to apply 1 drop of tea tree oil directly on affected areas, or dilute 30 drops of tea tree oil in 4 tablespoons of grapeseed oil, and wipe over acne spots using a cotton pad, morning and evening. You can also make an excellent purifying mask by combining 4 drops of tea tree oil, 3 tablespoons of green or white clay and 2 tablespoons distilled water. Apply this mixture on your face and leave until dry.
Tea tree oil can very efficiently cure also many fungal skin infections all over your body. To prepare a helpful remedy, add 10 drops of tea tree oil to 1 cup of warm water, soak a cotton pad in the solution and wipe over infected areas 3 times a day, until the infection disappears.
Use Tea Tree Oil to Heal Vaginal Yeast Infections
Thanks to its potent antimycotic properties, tea tree oil is an amazing help in treating and curing vaginal yeast infections, usually caused by a fungus known as Candida albicans. It contains constituents called terpenoids, which have been found to have great antibacterial and antifungal activity.
Tea tree oil is, therefore, a strong antiseptic and fungicide agent, effective in killing bacteria and fungi. To treat a persistent vaginal candida infection, pour 3 drops of tea tree oil on a tampon and insert it into the vagina, or prepare a topical mixture by adding a few drops of the tea tree oil to a tablespoon of yogurt to apply directly to the vaginal area, 3 times a day.
Cure Gingivitis and Herpes Outburst with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is particularly indicated for mouth problems such as gingivitis, mouth ulcers, oral candidiasis and bad breath. If used immediately, upon the first symptoms, it can cure lip herpes and prevent unpleasant and unaesthetic blisters. To treat herpes, pour 2-3 drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton pad and gently apply on sores.
Tea tree oil is also one of the main ingredients of many toothpastes, mouth washes and gels. It is an excellent remedy for inflamed, irritated and swollen gums and it prevents them from bleeding. You can add 1 drop of tea tree oil on top of your toothpaste every time you brush your teeth, or rub a 1 or 2 drops on the affected area. You may also prepare your own mouth wash by adding 3 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of natural mineral water and use this solution to rinse your mouth 3 times a day.
Tea tree essential oil is very strong and may in some cases irritate your skin. Before using it, apply a tiny amount a small area of your arm. If your skin becomes red or irritated, reduce the amount or do not use it at all.
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