The Many Uses of Tea Tree Oil
A natural first-aid kit in a bottle!
The Bundjalong aboriginal people of northern New South Wales Australia have known of the medicinal properties of Tea Tree Oil for centuries, but it wasn’t until 1770 that the western world named it “tea tree”. Captain James cook found its aromatic leaves an enjoyable substitute for real tea when he arrived in New South Wales. Gradually settlers, observing the natives, began to use the leaves and volatile oil obtained from them, in the treatment of cuts, abrasions, burns, insect bites, infections and similar conditions.
Tea Tree Oil is considered to be both antiseptic (able to destroy bacteria capable of causing infection) and an antimicrobial (may destroy or prevent growth of microbes which are tiny living things including bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses). It is used medicinally in the treatment of many conditions, the most common being prevention or treatment of acne, fungal infections, yeast infections and a wide variety of skin conditions. Its diverse uses literally span from head to toe; from the treatment of head lice and dandruff to being a remedy for Athlete’s foot, corns and calluses, and nail infections.
Tea Tree Oil works against bacteria and microbes in a similar way to disinfectants as it disrupts the cell membranes of destructive microorganisms, and disables the proteins within them, basically “de-activating” them so that they cannot multiply and cause health problems. The main active constituents in tea tree oil are chemical compounds called terpinen-4-ol, alpha-terpineol, and linalool.
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