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The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

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What are the benefits of tea tree oil in curing common skin problems?
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is an essential oil that comes from the tea tree leaves that grows in Asia and Australia. The oil extracted from the leaves has been used traditionally to treat skin infections and injuries.

Research studies done on tea tree oil show that it has the ability to kill bacteria, fungus (yeast) and viruses.

This essential oil is an excellent addition to your first-aid kit. Shown below are all the scientific evidence available to support how effective tea tree oil is in treating and curing various infections.

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Evidence of Benefits of Tea Tree Oil (Leaf Rating System)

leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalAcne
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalAthlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Thrush (Yeast Infection in the Mouth)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Head Lice
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Yeast Infections (Candida albicans) / Ringworm
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalWarts
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalToenail Infections (Onychomycosis)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Cold Sores (Herpes Labialis)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalInflammation of the Skin (Dermatitis)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalBacterial Vaginosis (BV)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Dandruff
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Bad Breath (Halitosis)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Oral Antiseptic Mouthwash
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Skin Itch (Contact Dermatitis)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalScabies
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalVaginal Yeast Infection
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Antibacterial Effects against MRSA
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbalDust Mites / Bed Bugs
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

Suggested Benefits of Tea Tree Oil and Traditional Uses

  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Boills
  • Cuts and wounds
  • Eczema
  • Gingivitis
  • HIV support
  • Infections
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Psoriasis
  • Sore Throat
  • Throat infections
  • Toothache
  • Wound healing
  • Vaginitis


Facts on Tea Tree Oil

What are the active chemicals found in tea tree oil that gives it the antiseptic properties? They are a group of compounds called terpenoids that makes up 90% of this essential oil.

A standard was set in Australia for one of this chemical called terpinen-4-ol to be a minimum of 30% in order for it to have the properties expected from tea tree oil. Of course, 40 to 50% would be better.

Tea tree oil is able to kill off many harmful bacteria and fungi (including candida albicans) and it does not seem to affect the normal flora ("good bacteria") that is present on the skin.

Indeed the article Tea Tree Oil for Infection reveals how to use this essential oil for practically most types of minor infections.

One of the many promising benefits of tea tree oil is in treating hospital type bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a bacterium that is very difficult to kill off even with some of the potent antibiotics used only in the hospital today. 

 

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Selected Research Studies Highlights for the Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Acne

One clinical study show that a 5% tea tree oil gel was as good as 5% benzoyl peroxide (e.g. Benzac AC, Oxy-5, etc...) for curing acne. It took longer to get rid of the acne but people did not get as much side effects such as skin irritation. The benefits of tea tree oil for acne treatment and cure is shown in several clinical studies.

See the article Tea Tree Oil for Zits to get the complete details along with tips on how to make and use a gel or solution formulation.

Warts

One small study showed that this oil applied once daily for 12 days to a child's finger eventually caused the wart to go away.

See Tea Tree Oil for Warts to get more specific information on this use.

Head Lice

One small study showed that a tea tree oil in alcohol solution was able to kill of head lice. The tea tree oil was used on the first day and a tea tree oil in vinegar solution was used on the second day.

Toenail Fungus Infection (Onychomycosis)

Fungal infections of the toenails are very difficult to cure. One study showed that you would have to use 100% concentrated tea tree oil twice daily for 6 months to result in a cure. And even then, only 18% of the volunteers were completely cured.

However, over 50% of the volunteers showed less symptoms and had better nail appearance in 3 months.

Athlete's Foot (Tinea pedis)

A well-designed clinical study with 158 subjects showed that a 50% tea tree oil solution applied twice daily for 4 weeks resulted in a cure in 64% of the subjects. Only four participants dropped out because they experienced moderate to severe dermatitis.

See Tea Tree Oil for Foot Fungus to get the complete details and complete direction on how to use it properly.

Yeast Infections (Candida albicans)

There are no studies done to show how effective tea tree oil is for treating vaginal yeast infections. However lab studies clearly show that tea tree oil kills yeast cells.

Cold Sores (Herpes labialis)

One small study involving 18 subjects showed that a 6% tea tree oil gel applied to the sores may have helped reduce the symptoms and sped up the recovery.

It did not appear to be any better than placebo. But the researchers pointed out that the study was small and some subjects had cold sores that was moving towards the recovery stage already. (This makes the results less meaningful and harder to make sense of.)

See Tea Tree Oil for Herpes for the detailed information on this.

 

Tea Tree Oil Dosage to Use

Tea tree oil will need to be diluted properly to avoid skin irritation.

See our detailed article on Tea Tree Oil Dosage and Dilution Ratios for complete information on how to use this essential oil along with dilution ratios.



Tea Tree Oil Side Effects

Most of the side effects of using tea tree oil is limited to skin irritation. See our informative article on the Side Effects of Tea Tree Oil for complete information and possible dangers or concerns to be aware of.


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