Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil


Tea tree oil is the essential oil steam distilled from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia. It has also been known as melaleuca oil. The oil contains several important compounds, including terpines, cymones, pinines, terpineols, cineol, sesquiterpenes and sesquiterpene alcohols. Tea tree has a long history of traditional use. Australian aboriginals used tea tree leaves for healing skin cuts and infections, by crushing the leaves and applying them to the affected area. The oil contains constituents called terpenoids, which kill fungus and bacteria. Common Doses Tea tree comes in cream, ointment, lotion, and soap forms. It can also be found as pure oil. Tea tree oil has been used as a spot treatment for acne, for fungal infections of the toenails, and diluted as a mouthwash for oral yeast (thrush). When gargling, the solution is never swallowed after use. For application on the toenails, tea tree can be used at a strength of 70-100%. Any application to the skin or as a gargle or douche should be diluted under qualified supervision. Safety Occasionally, people have allergic reactions to tea tree oil, such as itching skin and rashes. Call your health practitioner if you experience any side effects: excessive drowsiness, sleepiness, poor coordination, diarrhea, vomiting.

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