The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
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
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.
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
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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.
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
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.
Selected Research Studies Highlights for the Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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
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
already. (This makes the results less meaningful and harder to make
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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