Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil comes from the melaleuca tree of NSW, Australia and has been used Aboriginal tribes for thousands of years. In fact, tea tree oil has so many health benefits and can be used as a antiseptic that the Australian army puts it into every soldiers first aid kit. The oil from the tea tree is light yellow and is produced by steaming tea tree leaves and then pressing the leaves.
Tea tree oil benefits
Tea tree oil is used as a natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin ailments including acne, warts, herpes, abscess, oily skin, dandruff, blisters, sun burns, athlete’s foot, insect bites and rashes. Due to its amazing healing powers, tea tree oil has also become a popular ingredient in many commercial shampoos and face creams.
Several studies into the health benefits of Tea Tree Oil show that it can also treat many respiratory problems from sore throats and coughs to more severe conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. It can also be used as a mouth wash, since it is highly effective in healing oral candidiasis (a fungal infection of mouth and throat).
Tea tree oil is known to effectively fight a number of infections that are resistant to some antibiotics. This exceptional natural antibiotic has the ability to cure all three types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus.
Tea tree oils anti-viral properties can help fight a wide variety of infectious diseases such as flu, measles, shingles, cold sores and chicken pox. Our body’s immune system is often weakened through illness, stress or by using prescribed antibiotics and tea tree oil can help by strengthening our immune system.
Recent studies have found that a 0.5 percent solution of tea tree oil destroyed 60 strains of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, one of the “super germs” that can result in secondary infections in hospital patients. Additionally, tea tree oil not only destroys germs on contact, but, because it is readily absorbed, it continues to block bacterial growth for several days after the initial application. Standard antibiotics and antiseptics often inadequately perform both of these tasks.
Tea tree oil contains consituents called terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and antifungal activity. The compound terpinen-4-ol is the most abundant and is thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activity.