What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Oil is also known as melaleuca and is one of the best antibacterial essential oil. It is well-known to have powerful antiseptic properties and its abilities to treat wounds. This antibacterial essential oil is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant found in Australia. It is been widely used in Australia for over 100 years now. This oil has been used for the medical purpose since a very long time and is known to kill virus, bacteria, and fungi. There are numerous uses of Tea Tree Oil like homemade cleaning products, an application on the skin to heal and treat skin infections, diffused to kill toxic mold at home. It can also be used to treat the acne. It is also been used for disinfectant sprays, massage oils, face washes, shampoos, creams for nail and skin and detergents for laundry.
This oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties as so you can use it as medicines. It is used in most parts of Australia, Europe, and North America as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. The primary ingredients of Tea Tree are monoterpene, sesquiterpenes and terpene hydrocarbons. The Tea Tree receives its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity from these compounds. There are over 100 different chemical components of tea tree oil out of which terpinen-4-ol and alpha-terpineol are the most active compounds of tea tree oil. The volatile hydrocarbons of this oil are known to be very aromatic and are capable of traveling through the air.
Top Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
- Improves Dry Scalp: It improves the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis which is known to cause severe scaly patches on the scalp and dandruff.
- Helps you treat head lice: This oil is effective in treating head lice that feed on human blood. Applying a high amount of tea tree oil will result in getting rid of nearly 50 percent of head lice.
- Improves bad breath: Bad breath is caused by the bacteria found in the mouth, especially in the back of the tongue, tonsils, and throat. As this oil contains antimicrobial properties which is beneficial to treat bacteria. Therefore, it is a natural remedy to for bad breath.
- Treats scabies effectively: The terpinen-4-ol ingredient in this oil is highly effective in reducing the survival of scabies mites. The antimicrobial properties of this oil have the ability to treat scabies on top and beneath the skin.
The Most Common Ways Of Using Tea Tree Oil Are:
- Topically: It can be applied to the skin topically, but before you apply it is suggested to dilute it with a carrier oil in a ratio of 1:1.
- Not for internal use: Tea tree oil is known to poisonous and therefore, it shouldn’t be swallowed or taken by mouth at any cost. In case if you use it for bad breath make sure to spit it after the use.
- Aromatically: Tea tree oil can be diffused at home by using the oil diffuser. It can be inhaled directly by sniffing it straight from the bottle.