Tea Tree Oil - Every Medicine Cabinet Should Have A Bottle
10 Reasons You Should Have Tea Tree Oil In Your Medicine Cabinet
Melaleuca alternifolia, aka – Tea Tree Oil is well-known to have powerful antiseptic properties and the ability to treat wounds. Even though it’s been used for thousands of years by indigenous people, scientists are just beginning to realize that it has tremendous antimicrobial properties. It has been used in Australia for over 70+ years, and documented in numerous medical studies for killing viruses, fungi, and many strains of bacteria.
Tea tree’s natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties should make this essential oil a part of your medicine cabinet. It’s become an increasingly popular ingredient in household and cosmetic products such as shampoos, massage oils, nail and skin creams, and even laundry detergents.
There are several essential oils… such as tea tree oil and oregano oil, that can be used to replace some conventional medications as effectively and without adverse side effects.
The Journal of Phytomedicine published an article evaluating the relationship between various essential oils and found that none… including tea tree, caused adverse reactions even when taken with different antibiotics. In addition, several of the essential oils helped prevent antibiotic resistance from developing from the start.
Which Tea Tree Oil Is Best?
There are any number of lotions, creams and moisturizers that list tea tree oil as an ingredient, but only buy 100% pure tea tree oil. I’ve used tea tree oil for years and keep several bottles on hand. I use this one.
10 Benefits of Using Tea Tree Oil
1. Treating acne:
Tea tree oil is considered one of the most effective home remedies for treating acne. One study has found that the oil is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, a common acne treatment, but doesn’t cause the red, dried and peeling skin normally experienced when using the peroxide.
You can make a face wash by mixing 5 drops of tea tree oil with 2 teaspoons of raw honey. Rub on your face, leave for one minute and then rinse off. If you’re breakouts are on your back or chest, add a couple of drops of oil to your bath and it will help to clear up acne on those areas.
2. Relieving psoriasis and eczema:
While psoriasis has no cure, the tea tree oil with its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve skin inflammation.
Combine 5 drops of tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil and 5 drops of lavender oil. Apply, like a lotion, to the affected area two to three times a day.
3. Dandruff and lice treatment:
Tea tree oil is very beneficial in its ability to remove dandruff and soothe dry flaking skin and can even be used as a treatment for head lice.
To make a shampoo, mix several drops of tea tree oil with aloe vera gel, coconut milk and lavender oil. Use on a regular basis, the same as you would any shampoo.
4. Scrapes, Cuts and infections:
Tea tree oil, with its antibacterial properties, mixed with lavender oil is perfect for use as a wound ointment.
Clean the cut thoroughly, using water and hydrogen peroxide. Apply the oil to the area and cover it up with a bandage to prevent infection. A study by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that tea tree oil helps to kill MRSA and staph infections.
5. Household cleaning:
Another fantastic way of using tea tree oil is as a household cleaner. Its powerful antimicrobial properties can kill bacteria in your home.
To make a great household cleaner, mix 10 drops of tea tree oil, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 3 cups water, and 10 drops of lemon essential oil. This is great for counter tops, appliances, tub, shower, sinks and toilets.
6. Toenail fungus, ringworm, and warts:
Because of its ability to kill fungal infections and parasites, tea tree oil is great to use on toenail fungus, ringworm and warts. If you have a stubborn fungus, mix tea tree oil with oil of oregano.
Simply put tea tree oil directly on the area, rub it in once or twice a day. You should see results in about 30 days.
7. Athlete’s foot powder
You can make your own homemade athlete’s foot powder using tea tree oil, arrowroot powder, and baking soda. Tea tree oil will treat the actual fungus itself, as well as inhibit its ability to replicate.
Arrowroot powder helps to battle foot odor and offers a moisture absorbing base for the foot powder. The moisture absorbing part is crucial, as the fungus that causes this condition thrives in damp, moist places like those sweaty shoes. Baking soda serves to address the odor, sweating, and soothe any itch that occurs.
Add 1/4 cup each of arrowroot powder and baking soda, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to a bowl. Spread the drops of the oil throughout the powder. Use a fork to mix, and then add the powder to the shaker-type container. At least twice a day, wash and dry your feet, then apply the powder. Store your shaker in a cool, dark place.
8. Tea tree oil kills mold:
If you are having trouble with mold in your home, consider buying a diffuser and diffusing tea tree oil in the air to kill mold spores and other bad bacteria. You can also spray tea tree oil onto the shower curtains, dishwasher, toilet and even your washing machine.
9. Oral health:
Because tea tree oil has the ability to kill bad bacteria and at the same time, sooth inflammed skin, it’s the perfect mix for homemade toothpaste.
Mix the tea tree oil with coconut oil and baking soda to make a paste. Brush as you would normal toothpaste.
10. Fights cancer:
Joint Australian and American research reported in Journal of Dermatological Science in 2012 found that tumor-bearing mice given a combination of melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil) and dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) activated an immune response and resulted in tumor cell death.
Two, 2010 Australian studies with mice found that tea tree oil and its major active terpene component, terpinen-4-ol, had anti-tumor activity against two cancer cell lines: mesothelioma and melanoma. Researchers stated that tea tree oil “significantly inhibited the growth” of these two tumor cell types.
Chinese researchers in 2009 reported that tea tree oil had both antimicrobial and anti-cancer effects. They found that tea tree oil exhibited strong toxicity against human lung cancer cells, human breast cancer cells and human prostate cancer cells.
In 2004, Italian researchers investigated tea tree oil against human melanoma cells, as well as Adriamycin-resistant melanoma cells. Tea tree oil induced apoptosis (planned cell death, lacking in cancer cells) against both cell lines but especially the Adriamycin-resistant cells.
If you haven’t used tea tree oil before, I urge you to get and keep a bottle or two in your bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. There are bottles in almost every room in our home, and I even carry a small bottle in my purse. Here’s the one I use.
Precautions When Using Tea Tree Oil
Be sure to only use a high quality essential oil. Tea tree oil is often mixed with chemicals and fillers in some parts of the world, so if you wish to use tea tree oil medicinally, be sure that your oil is labeled with the genus (such as Melaleuca alternifolia), and is organically grown and distilled using the best distillation practices.
Avoid using tea tree oil if pregnant or nursing. While it may be perfectly safe, no studies have been done to prove this, so it is best to avoid using tea tree oil during this time.
Tea tree oil has been deemed to be safe for children over the age of six months, but please use essential oils with great care when putting on children. Dilute heavily.
It is not advisable to use any essential oil as a sole therapy for cancer, or for any of the other health concerns mentioned in this article. When used in combination with other conventional and alternative medical treatments, however, essential oils such as tea tree oil can be very effective in helping the body heal.