Also known as Melaleuca Oil, tea tree oil is an essential oil that has many benefits and uses. The oil itself is native to the Australian continent, but has now begun to be cultivated in other parts of the world. When the leaves are crushed, the essential oil is released. The oil has been found to have antifungal, antiviral, antibiotic, and antiseptic capabilities. The Aboriginal people of Australia have been found to use the oil as part of a cough medicine or cold medicine.
Among the many benefits of tea tree oil is, when a few drops of the oil are added to a glass of water, it can be used as a mouthwash. It is also used in soaps, mouthwash, and to treat skin problems such as acne and athletes feet. Tea tree oil can also be beneficial with regard to our hair. Shampoos containing tea tree oil can help alleviate dandruff problems, as well as many other problems involving the scalp.
Dental problems can also be addressed through the use of tea tree oil. Consistent tea tree oil use has been found to be effective in cases ranging from mild to moderate dental disease. Insect repellants can also be created through the use of tea tree oil. If you require protection from insects, tea tree oil-based gels or ointments can be of great assistance. Even applying it directly to the affected area can help with the relief of pain and itching. The oil also has antiseptic and bacterial properties, and can thus be used to treat cuts, burns, splinters, and various types of wounds. Aromatherapy can also be enhanced with tea tree oil. The oil can be particularly effective in this regard. Adding tea tree oil to base oil can provide rheumatic pain relief if massaged onto the body.