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Tea Tree Oil

Known more popularly as the "first aid kit in a bottle", the essential tea tree oil is globally recognized for its healing powers. This oil derived from herbal plant Melaleuca alternifolia (a member of the Myrtaceae family) is called by different names like ti-tree, ti-trol and melasol. The oil is of great value in improving the body's immune system, apart from being a very powerful antiseptic and an immuno-stimulant. Based on its anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti viral and anti inflammatory properties; the oil can be used to treat burns, acne, dandruff, cuts, coughs, urinary tract infections including eczema, candida, lice, athlete's foot, ring worm, colds, flu and fights pain.

Regarded as a pulmonary anti septic, the essential tea tree oil can also be used as an insect repellent. A course of massage with tea tree oil before an operation may help to fortify the body and reduce post-operative shock. This Essential Oil blends well with
Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme essential oils. This pale colored oil with a watery viscosity has a light spicy, rather pungent woody smell. Truly refreshing the mind and body, this oil is increasingly finding its way in the making of creams, lotions, deodorants, soaps, disinfectants, and air fresheners.
 

History of Tea Tree
Being a native to the New South Wales and Queensland regions of Australia, the scrub looking tea tree plant thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations. It grows to a height of about 20 feet, spreading to about 13 feet at its fullest. As per records, in 1770, Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy travelled to the coastal regions of New South Wales and discovered tea tree plants. Informed by the local Australian aborigines about the healing powers of these trees, he carried some of the plantations back to his own place. Tea Tree's effects as a folk medicine spread among Europeans as they settled Australia in the 19th century. During the World War II, tea tree oil was liberally used to treat tropical infections and infected wounds.

 

Oil Extraction
Thousands of people swear by the healing powers of the essential tea tree oil. The oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of Melaleuca alternifolia plants (tea tree) by steam distillation and the yield is about 1.8%. However, there are several varieties of tea tree oil, coming from different tea tree/melaleuca tree species. These include Manuka, Kanuka, and Lemon Scented Tea Tree Oils.

With modern farming methods, and the fact that the Tea Tree grows fast, there's plenty of its oil to go around. There are schools and organizations that devote valuable time and effort into developing better tea tree oil, better crops for the farmers, and research uses and medical applications for us all.

 
Applicable Benefits
Addressed as one of the most powerful immune system stimulants, the essential tea tree oil is nearly found in every home of Australia, particularly those having small children. The oil assures to not just to sort out even the most viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a mere snap, but also effectively clean the wounds and relieve muscle aches and pains.

In fact, the therapeutic properties of tea tree oil are antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, bactericide, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific. The main chemical components of this essential oil (also referred to as ti-tree oil) are a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol, and a-terpineol. The magical properties of this wonder-drug can be counted as:
  • Anti Bacterial: Coming as a blessing for the Tropical regions, the essential tea tree oil presents perfect remedy against microbes, bacteria, virus and fungi. Curing some of the ugliest bacterial infections, this oil is seldom taken orally, but if so, in mild concentrations. These include colon, stomach, intestines, excretory system, urinary system infections and also tuberculosis.
  • Anti Microbial: This oil is known as an effective anti microbial, driving away the microbes from itself. Thus, it can kill and keep away certain microbes (protozoa) which are responsible for causing Tropical fevers, malaria, etc.
  • Anti Septic: Being most susceptible to infection by bacteria and fungi, the open wounds may easily result in septic or tetanus. In order to protect these situations well in advance, tea tree oil comes as a wise choice, in the form of an excellent anti septic. Being directly applied on the wounds, boils, sores, cuts, certain eruptions, insect bites and stings, the oil serves as any good anti biotic without any adverse side effects.
  • Anti Viral: The essential oil is extremely effective for the viral infections which are very hazardous and re-appearing. These virus can survive even under the most intolerable conditions, as they develop a protective shell called “Cyst” around them. These "intelligent" viruses never die a natural death and can live dormant (neither live, nor dead) for even hundreds of thousands of years. Here comes the commendable role of tea tree oil. This essential oil can help rupture the cyst in some viruses and can give protection against them. It also helps cure viral infections like common cold, influenza, mumps, measles, pox, etc.
  • Balsamic: Bestowed with balsamic properties, this essential oil boosts health. It promotes absorption of nutrients from food and gives protection from diseases too, thus proving beneficial for total health.
  • Cicatrisant: The Cicatrisant property of this essential oil makes it heal wounds quicker and protect them from infections, as well as help neutralization of the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils, pox, acne, etc.
  • Expectorant: Those who are suffering from cough and cold, congestion, bronchitis and other troubles associated with cold, are sure to get relief using Tea Tree Essential Oil. It gives relief from cough, cold, bronchitis and congestion.
  • Fungicide: The Tea Tree Essential Oil is as effective against fungal infections as it is against any bacterial or microbial infections. It inhibits fungal growth and cures diseases like dermatitis, athlete’s foot, etc.
  • Insecticide: It is obvious that an essential oil that is so deadly for those adamant and hardy bacteria and viruses, will be effective against insects too. Tea Tree Oil is an efficient insect deterrent and insect killer. It does not let parasites and other insects like mosquitoes, fleas, lice, flies, etc. come near a person who has rubbed some of this oil on his body. It kills internal insects and worms too, such as intestinal worms like round worm and tape worm and others like hook worms.
  • Stimulant: This essential oil has stimulating effects on hormones secretions, circulations, etc. but more prominently on immune system. It boosts up immunity and acts as a shield against infections.
  • Sudorific: Besides infections, another cause of diseases is accumulation of toxins in the body. These toxins are either generated by the body itself, as a by-product of various reactions, or get inside the body somehow. Our body too, has certain mechanisms to throw away these toxins. One of them is perspiration or sweating. It has many advantages. It removes toxins, moistens the skin, open pores on skin and keeps the body cool. Tea Tree Essential Oil, being a Sudorific, increases sweating and promotes removal of toxins like uric acid. It also helps remove excess water and salts from the body.
  • Other Benefits: Gives relief from muscular pain, aches, sprains, etc.

    Few Words of Caution: Though the essential tea tree oil presents no potent threats (it is non-toxic and non-irritant), yet in some rare cases, it may be sensitizing to few people. Thus, it is advised to use this oil with adequate care.
 
 
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