How Tea Tree Oil Could Revolutionise Your Home Healthcare

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How Tea Tree Oil Could Revolutionise Your Home Healthcare

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You are about to be blown away by the almost complete A-Z of facts you are about to read regarding Tea Tree Oil – that humble little brown bottle of pungent liquid that is stashed at the back of your medicine cabinet.

It could be time to dig it out, dust it off and put it to use – because Tea Tree Oil could in fact be the king of essential oils for healthcare. The following formula can be followed inmost instances…..skin issues + tea tree oil = healing. Be aware of any irritation and if you are concerned be sure to see your doctor.

Origins of Tea Tree

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Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been prized by the native folk of Australia as a treatment for wounds and burns for centuries. Aboriginal people used to use the leaves of the tea tree to treat sores, crushing the leaves and using them topically on the skin.

In the 1920s studies were conducted, which showed the oil to have antiseptic properties 13 times stronger than carbolic acid, which was used widely at that time as an antibacterial.

Tea Tree Oil Production

Tea tree oil is produced by distillation of the leaves. It contains approximately 100 organic compounds some of which appear rarely in nature. The healing seems to be areult of these elements working together. Tea tree oil should be used topically and never swallowed.

Please also note that to use essential oils effectively it can be necessary to dilute them in another carrier oil to allow them to be spread onto the affected area. Common carrier oils include coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil.

The A-Z of Tea Tree Uses for Healing

A

Abrasions

Start by cleaning the area well, apply a few drops of the oil directly to the minor cut. If a bandage is required, put a few drops of the oil onto a cotton ball, lay it face down on the wound, securing with the bandage. The Tea Tree Oil is a great antiseptic, and reduces the possibility of infection. It does not cause damage or pain when applied to infected skin, unlike other antiseptics available, in fact it’s anaesthetic properties make it soothing to sore areas.

Acne

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Tea tree oil has been found to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide in treating pimples. You can add 3 or 4 drops to warm water as a face wash, finishing with a dab of the full strength oil on each spot. You can also add 20 – 40 drops of the oil to your regular face wash as a long term acne solution.

Arthritis

It can help to reduce the swelling of arthritis, reducing pain. Add 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 ounces of a carrier oil and massage as required.

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Asthma

Add a few drops of oil to a pan of water and heat on stove. Remove from heat and inhale, with a towel draped over your head to capture the vapours.

B

Bad Breath

Rinse your mouth with 1 ounce water mixed with 1 drop of oil. Do not swallow!

Boils

Apply a warm washcloth for a few moments. Then apply a drop or two of oil to the area – the infection should rise to surface and ready to be evacuated.

Burns

First run cold water on the affected area. After a few minutes, add a mix of 5 drops oil with 1 tsp. raw honey. Repeat as required.

C

Calluses & Corns

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Massage the infected area with 5 drops tea tree oil to 1 tbsp. of carrier oil. Repeat twice a day until they have become soft enough to remove with tweezers. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil and cover with bandage until the sore heals.

Chapped Lips

Simply add 1 or 2 drops of oil to your regular lip balm and apply to lips as necessary.

Chicken Pox

Apply a drop of oil directly to chicken pox blisters. Allow to dry, then dust with corn starch. Repeat through the days until the blisters heal.

Cold Sores

Apply a drop of oil directly to the sore with a cotton bud. Re-apply twice per day.

D

Dandruff

Simply add 20 – 30 drops of oil to any regular shampoo. Apply a few drops to scalp and massage after washing your hair.

Dry Skin

Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to 1 tbsp sweet almond oil. Massage into skin as required.

E

Earache and Infection

Add 2 – 3 drops of oil to 2 tbsp of warm olive oil. With a dropper, put a small amount into sore ears, tilting head to one side. Use a cotton swab to absorb oil. Repeat twice per day.

Eczema

Add 10 drops of oil to 1 tbsp of carrier oil and massage into affected areas 2 or 3 times per day.

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F

Flea Bites

Apply a drop of oil directly onto bites.

G

Gout

Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tbsp of carrier oil and massage gently into the affected area 2 to 3 times per day.

Gum Disease

Create a mouthwash with purified water, 1 drop of peppermint oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil. Gargle twice a day after brushing.

H

Head Lice

Add 20 drops of oil to 2 tbsp shampoo. Massage into scalp and hair, leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat 3 – 4 times daily, until all eggs are gone.

I

Immune System

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To stimulate the immune system, diffuse through the air on a regularly. Also massage tea tree oil into the soles of the feet to increase your immune response.

Ingrown Hairs

Add 1 – 2 drops of oil directly to the affected area as required until the infection has cleared..

J

Jock Itch

Apply 10 – 15 drops of oil to 2 tbsp of carrier oil and apply daily as required. Dust with corn starch to reduce chapping.

L

Laryngitis: Add 5 – 10 drops of oil and pinch of sea salt to 1 cup of warm water, gargle 2-3 times a day. Do not swallow!

M

Muscle Aches

Add 10-15 drops of oil to half a cup of epsom salts and dissolve into bath water. Follow up by adding 10 drops of oil to 2 tbsp of carrier oil and use to massage the affected area.

N

Nail Fungus

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Add 1 to 2 drops of oil directly to nail and the surrounding tissue. Allow to dry completely on hands before touching anything. Repeat morning and night for as long as it takes to heal.

O

Oily Hair

Apply 6 drops of tea tree oil directly onto scalp and massage.

P

Psoriasis

Add 10 drops of oil to 1 tbsp of carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat twice daily.

R

Ringworm

Apply a drop or two of undiluted oil, twice per day. Especially beneficial when combined with lavender.

S

Sore Throat

Add 2 drops of oil to 1 cup of warm water with a little sea salt, gargle twice per day. Do not swallow!

Sunburn

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Mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 1 drop of tea tree and 1 drop of lavender. Apply gently to sunburned areas.

T

Ticks 

Apply a drop or two directly to the tick and the surrounding area.

U

Ulcers on the skin

Add a few drops of tea tree oil directly to ulcer and massage using a cotton bud.

V

Vaporizer

Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your vaporizer and allow the steam to diffuse through your home to halt viral infections.

W

Warts

Apply tea tree oil undiluted directly to wart twice per day.

These health benefits are just the tip of the Tea Tree iceberg, there are many more uses for this product throughout your home. What are your favourite Tea Tree Tips? Which of these will you be trying?

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