Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained from the steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia.
Historically, the leaves have been used as a substitute for the common tea, but the part used in medicine is the oil extracted from the leaves.
Furthermore, it is a natural antibacterial disinfectant that has been commonly used as a general antiseptic by aboriginal tribes for thousands of years. More recently, the scientific community has confirmed that tea tree oil has enormous medicinal benefits. It is a light yellow oil that has a scent similar to nutmeg, and is produced with steam techniques from the tea leaves, compressing them and extracting the oil.
In the early 1900s, the medicinal attributes of tea tree oil were discovered all over the world and tea tree oil is now available in almost all pharmacies, as well as being the key ingredient in many drugs, creams and ointments for its many properties.
WHY IT IS USED BY MEDICINE
Tea tree oil has a long history of traditions: the Australian aborigines used its leaves to treat skin wounds, burns, infections etc; These were macerated and then applied to the affected areas.
The tea tree oil contains constituents called terpenoids, active substances, always used by man for medicinal purposes, which are famous for having antiseptic and antifungal properties: the compound terpinen-4-ol, a natural alcohol, is known instead, to have antimicrobial activity.
People use tea tree oil for the following conditions: acne, athlete's foot, fungal infection of the toenails, dandruff, vaginitis, periodontal diseases, eczema, lice, psoriasis, etc.
USE IN CERTAIN DISEASES WITH POSITIVE OUTCOME
- FUNGAL INFECTIONS OF THE NAILS OF THE FEET
Studies have confirmed that the application of oil tea three, twice a day on patients with fungus infections of the toenails, after 6 months of use, have found its effectiveness, as a topical antifungal, based on clinical evaluations and positive outcomes of the disease.
Acne produces unsightly spots and imperfections that can leave scars afterwards. Many people who suffer from this condition seek natural remedies as an alternative to medicinal and chemical treatments: tea tree oil for acne treatment is among the best home remedies for acne.
Many medicinal shampoos are available for treatment against dandruff, but often these products can only irritate the scalp; An effective and natural remedy for dandruff treatment is tea tree oil, well known as an effective antiseptic.
- ALITO CATTALE AND BRIEF FLAGS
Tea tree oil, when used as a mouthwash, acts as a natural cure for bad breath, gingivitis, plaque and other annoying mouth diseases: it tends to fight bacteria and also reduces irritation.
- THROATSHIP, CONGESTION AND FLAMMED RESPIRATORY ROUTES
The oil can be combined with a simple steam inhalation technique to naturally cure congestion, sore throat, lung infections and even as a mucolytic.
WHAT IS THERE TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND HOW IT IS USED
Tea tree oil, in addition to having beneficial properties, unfortunately could also cause physical interactions related to application and overdose: it can alter hormone levels and people suffering from tumors or pregnant or lactating women should avoid their use;
It could also create allergic reactions from application, starting from mild contact dermatitis up to severe blisters and rashes and if not diluted can cause irritation, redness, blisters and itching;
The tea tree oil must not be used alone orally: there are reports of toxicity after having consumed it orally, even if in small quantities: it could cause impairment of the immune response, diarrhea, and problems affecting the central nervous system (excessive drowsiness, confusion, etc.).
It is used through various systems:
TOPICAL USE: dilute 3 to 5 drops in water and soak a cloth or a cotton pad; then apply to the affected area.
BATHROOM: 8 to 10 drops of essential oil in a tub full of water at a comfortable temperature and dive for 10 minutes.
DIRECT APPLICATION: Use the oil directly on the affected area by placing a drop on the fingertips or on a cotton pad.
GARGARISMI: for sore throat or hoarseness: dilute 3 to 5 drops of essential oil in half a glass of warm water.
FLAMMED RESPIRATORY ROUTES: Put 5 drops in a basin of very hot water, cover the head with a towel and breathe deeply for 10 minutes.
PEDILUVIO: dilute 8 to 10 drops in warm water in a basin and dip your feet in it.
MASSAGES: mainly used as a main ingredient in creams and lotions.
Oil tea tree: WHERE TO FIND TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil is commonly found on the market as pure essential oil.
It is also available in creams, ointments, lotions, soaps and shampoos, which contain essential quantities for any given disease.
It is easily available in herbal stores, nutrition, pharmacies and parapharmacies; Furthermore, it can be purchased conveniently via the internet.
Tea tree oil should not be confused with Chinese tea oil, cajeput oil, kanuka oil, Manuka, Ti tree oil, and Niauouli oil.
It comes in small vials with dropper and has a straw color and a strong characteristic odor.