Essential Tea tree oil (or Melaleuca) has been used as cure-all by the Aboriginal people of Australia for generations. That’s because this oil, drawn from the leaves and twigs of the tea tree, has a staggering range of known healing properties, making it one of the most common natural substances used in organic health care products.
The many benefits of tea tree oil
Among its many benefits, tea tree oil is an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, expectorant, insecticide and a powerful stimulant. This has led to a wide number of uses in everything from athlete’s foot powder to shampoo, to muscle rub. It can be used to treat the effects of viruses like the common cold, to kill insects and to improve the function of the immune system.
As an antibacterial, it is particularly effective at treating wounds. Not only can it help to fight off the bacteria that can invade the site of most wounds, its healing properties can also help to prevent the formation of scars or blemishes after a wound has finished healing. As an antiseptic, it can be used to keep wounds clean and infection free and allow them to heal more quickly.
But tea tree oil does not stop there. It is also a powerful antiviral, working to cure viral infections including the common cold, influenza, mumps and measles. Since it is also an antimicrobial, it is also useful for keeping away microbes that can cause fever or illness.
By far the most important health benefit of this amazing substance, though, is its ability to boost the function of your immune system. It is a very powerful stimulant, boosting hormone secretion, improving blood circulation and increasing immune function. With better immune function, your body is better equipped to fight off all illness and infection, which can lead to better general health. At the same time, tee tree oil can actually improve your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat, another way that it can work to improve your overall health.
Tea tree oil can also be used as an antifungal, to help treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and dermatitis. It can also provide a natural source of moisture for dry skin, including the skin of the scalp, which makes it a useful ingredient in shampoos. It can not only help to prevent dandruff but also improve the health of hair follicles and prevent hair loss. I personally have used this to great success with my eczema treatment and my 13-year old son (as well as myself) uses it for those pesky acne breakouts. Just a drop on each pimple and they are virtually gone by morning!
Among the many ways that it can stimulate the body, it can act both as an expectorant, to help rid the body of excess mucus, and it can induce sweating to help the body to expel built up toxins. All of this is important as the more toxic substances you can remove, the healthier you’ll be.
Everyday ways to use tea tree oil
Tea tree oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. It can be applied directly to the area of concern or to reflex points of the hands or feet. It can also be diffused or inhaled and only when using doTERRA’s certified pure therapeutic grade oils it can be taken in a capsule internally. You can take it in water along with doTERRA’s lemon, lavender and peppermint to combat allergies.
A couple drops of tea tree oil placed on a cotton ball just resting inside the ear can combat ear infections quickly.
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