This common oil can be used for cuts, scrapes, burns, fungus, acne, athlete’s foot and that’s just the beginning.
Tea tree oil is the ultimate multitasker; it’s a must -have for every traveler or medicine chest.
When to Use Tea Tree Oil
It turns out that tea tree oil has very effective antimicrobial properties in addition to its many other applications. Two experts I consulted, one an herbalist and the other an aromatherapist, noted its abilitu to stimulate the immune system and to treat cuts, burns and other surface injuries. It serves as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that works against viruses, bacteria and fungi and yet it has other uses ranging from bug repellant to an emotional agent that can restore a sense of internal balance.
Applying diluted tea tree oil on a cut can prevent it from becoming a serious infection, making it particularly important if someone travels to a tropical climate. Adds that the oil can be used as a smelling salt if someone is feeling dizzy and it can serve as a toothpaste that will prevent plaque buildup, as well as a mouthwash. At the sime time, it is fentle enough to be applied directly to the skin. Added it to her children’s shampoo to prevent head lice when there were outbreaks in the schools. Also uses it to treat yeast infections. Kymberly Kenniston, an aromatherapist in Petersburg,Virginia, recommends inclluding tea tree oil in first aid kits for cuts, burns and other injuries. She uses it in her practice most often for skin challenges like acne and recommends it for fungal infections on the hands and under the nails, as well as for athlete’s foot. She sometimes suggests people place a drop of tea tree oil on a cold sore or add it to a shampoo to alleviate dandruff.
Tea tree oil is also commonly used to treat chest colds. Those ill with a cold should place the oil in an inhaler or diffuser so it can be absorbed into the lungs. It prevents the spread of infection and also helps the sick person get well.
Using Tea Tree Oil Safely
Herbalists and aromatherapists most often dilute tea tree oil with a carrier to create a gentler version of the oil. For example, they will add one to two drops to a cleanser or moisturizer or mouthwash. People can do this at home as well, but it there are doubts or questions, they should consult a qulified professional. In addition, notes Kenniston, people should take care to purchase the oil from a reputable business. Tea tree oil can be adulterated very easily, she notes, and some companies add pine oil or synthetic “therapeutic” or “pharmaceutical grade” she says, because there is no such thing, no grading of essential oils.
If person responds negatively to the aroma of tea tree oil, says Kenniston, the oil may not be the right one for their bodies or their particular ailment. She always tests her oils with clients to check for such negative reactions, and when they do occur, she recommends alternatives. A good alternative for tea tree oil would be spike lavender ( Lavandula latifolia ), an oil that also has antimicrobial properties and can provide a sense of comfort during the healing process.