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10 Incredible Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

21 January, 2021 Ananya Das

Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is extracted from the leaves of an Australian plant called Melaleuca Alternifolia or simply known as Tea tree. The color of this oil varies from a gentle yellow to clear. Tea tree oil has a pleasant and fresh camphoreous odor. The oil is very sensitive to the atmosphere. It is originally composed of various chemicals but when exposed to air its composition changes.

The name Tea Tree is originated from Captain James Cooks description of one of those shrubs that he used to make an infusion to replace tea. The commercial use of this oil started in 1920 in Australia and in 1970-80s. It is now among the most widespread and successful businesses which are expanding with time due to the incredible benefits this oil possess and the wide range of its applicability in various industries.

Now, let’s know the 10 most incredible benefits and uses provided by tea tree oil that will tempt you to incorporate it in your list of essentials.

1) Treats Acne: Tea tree oil treats acne effectively without any harsh impact on the facial skin. It serves so well for the purpose because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Tea tree oil also helps to prevent acne scars, reduces redness, swelling, inflammation and bestows a clear smooth skin. Using pure tea tree oil twice a day for at least 45 days can show best results.

2) Heals your skin: Using tea tree oil on your skin promotes healthy skin and heals various skin issues be it either dry, oily, itchy, or combination. It soothes dry skin by reducing irritation and itching and its antiseptic properties helps to fight back oily skin and is usually used in sunscreens. Tea tree oil soothes itchy skin by reducing redness and swelling.

3) Natural Antiperspirant: The odor of tea tree oil is quite pleasant and also has antibacterial properties which effectively help to control odor caused by bacteria that results from sweat. The combined effect of sweat and bacteria causes a strong unpleasant smell from our body and cloths but properties of tea tree oil makes it very useful in making chemical free commercial deodorants.

4) Cleansers and sanitizers: Tea tree oil is proved to be very useful and beneficial when used to make all purpose cleanser and sanitizers. It is rich in anti-microbial properties and also does sanitization of the surfaces well without leaving behind any harmful chemicals that may affect or infect you.

Use of tea tree oil in soaps, sanitizers and hand washes also helps to fight back E-Coli bacteria that are found in water. Therefore, it helps to prevent the growth of many germs that may cause illness and also works well to sterilize cuts and wounds where germs can lead to infections.

5) Effective on Hairs and Scalp: Tea tree oil’s use on scalp helps to sooth itchiness and greasiness of the scalp caused by Seborrheic Dermatitis and also eliminates flaky skin and dandruff from scalp. It controls excess oil production and keeps scalp moisturized which in turn results in the reduction of hair loss. Tea Tree oil promotes hair growth by nourishing hair follicles and produces strong and thick hairs alongside improving blood flow and balancing the pH of our scalp.

6) Cures Cold Sores: Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus which can be treated by tea tree oil due to its anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Application of diluted tea tree oil directly on affected area can treat cold sore effectively.

7) Medicates fungal infection: Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties that help to treat fungal infections like ringworms of the body and scalp, nail fungus or Athlete’s foot.

8) Repels pests: Tea tree oil have shown to be very effective in killing and repelling pests. The use of tea tree oil for this purpose is much more secured than the use of harsh chemicals.

9) Preserves oral health: Tea Tree Oil is used as a component in mouth washes and mouth fresheners because of its properties to fight germs that cause tooth decay or bad breath and also serves to enhance the oral health.

10) Prevents Mold growth: Gray molds grow on fruits and vegetables in warm and moist climates. Washing the fruits and vegetables with tea tree oil helps to prevent their growth.

Points to remember
Apart from the benefits that we get from the use of tea tree oil, we should also be conscious of the ways in which we use it. Tea tree oil should not be swallowed or injected directly. There are several risk factors that are associated with these activities. Some of the risks include:

  • It can cause severe rashes if swallowed.
  • Swallowing can result in blood cell abnormalities.
  • Injesting it can lead to a condition of confusion, halucination, drowsiness and can even result in medical state of Coma.
  • Continuous use of tea tree oil can even lead to antibiotic resistant Bacteria which is of serious medical concern.
  • Swallowing tea tree oil can cause stomach ache and also Diarrhea in some cases.


Conclusion
Tea Tree Oil has amazing advantages that makes it a very useful product but unconscious and careless use of it can also cause major and serious health issues. So be careful while using tea tree oil and enjoy its benefits to the fullest and stay healthy.


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