The Top Areas to Use Tea Tree Oil in Your Everyday Life

Amid growing concerns about the overuse of antibiotics, tea tree oil has received a lot of attention as an alternative treatment option. In the past decade as the popularity of essential oils has increased, tea tree oil stands out as a leading “must have” resource that can be used for many purposes. Discovered in the 1770’s by Captain Cook in Australia, this oil’s newfound status as a top selling oil is not so surprising when you consider its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. While the jury is still out on all of the uses of this oil, the list of practical applications is nothing short of impressive.

Acne Treatment and Other Skin Conditions

There’s good news for people suffering from acne. This embarrassing condition impacts teenagers and adults alike. The New York Times reported that tea tree oil has been found effective in the treatment of acne with few side effects as compared with popular medications used like benzoyl peroxide. As is true with almost any oil or treatment, it can cause rashes in people with sensitive skin. A new antibiotic resistant acne has been found to respond to tea tree oil treatment.

Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Fungus

Anyone who has ever struggled with athlete’s foot or toenail fungus knows how difficult it is to treat these conditions. Tea tree oil is known as a first-rate fungus fighter and was used on the battlefield in the 1770s where it cured the debilitating foot fungus of soldiers who were unable to continue fighting.

Dandruff Treatment

By adding just a couple of drops of tea tree oil to your regular shampoo, you can get rid of dandruff or prevent it. It penetrates into the scalp and acts as a moisturizer. This sweet smelling oil will save you money so you don’t have to continue paying for dandruff shampoos.

Lice Treatment

It is not uncommon for children to come home from school with lice. These nasty little bugs spread fast, often infecting an entire school of children and teachers. Tea tree oil can be used to treat this problem.

Household Cleaner

In a society increasingly leary of chemical exposure, tea tree oil can be mixed with water and used as a cleaner. As an antibacterial and antifungal agent, the mixture is perfect for cleaning table surfaces, bathrooms and kitchen areas. During cold and flu season, using this cleaning mixture will keep your home and work area germfree.

Oral Health Uses

The Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology reports that tea tree oil gel may be beneficial for patients with periodontal disease acting as an anti-inflammatory after completing a study on patients with moderate to severe periodontal disease. As an alternative to antibiotics which often have unwanted side effects such as toxicity and sensitivity, tea tree oil offers new hope for periodontal sufferers.

Vaginal Yeast Infections and Jock Itch

During your lifetime, you will probably experience either jock itch or a vaginal yeast infection that is uncomfortable and requires treatment. Having some tea tree oil on hand is one way to avoid and expensive and embarrassing doctor’s visit. It is always nice to know that you can take care of some personal issues on your own.

Conclusion

Tea tree oil has arrived in a big way and has many practical uses with more on the horizon. Currently used to treat athlete’s foot, jock itch, dandruff, cradle cap, shingles, insect bites, toenail fungus, gum disease, lice, and acne; it not surprising that tea tree oil has earned a spot in many homes as an all purpose treatment for many health challenges.

It is important to be careful when using tea tree oil. Oral consumption can cause terrible side effects such as lack of muscle control and confusion, and in the worst cases can lead to a coma. It should be kept away from cats since a very small amount can kill one.

Studies are being conducted using tea tree oil to treat chronic inflammatory eye conditions. Specifically, the Oman Journal of Ophthalmology reports that the research show promise in treating blepharitis and meibomian. Patients treated with tea tree oil reported waking up with fresh eyes.

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