Tea Tree essential oil uses
There are a variety of Tea Tree essential oil uses, but they all depend on two important inter-related facts:
- This oil is unusually active against all three categories of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses.
- It is a very powerful immune-stimulant, so when the body is threatened by any of these organisms, Tea Tree increases its ability to respond.
The immune-stimulant action of Tea Tree is perhaps its most important property, which are really seen in these Tea Tree essential oil uses like debilitating illnesses such as glandular fever, and for people who repeatedly succumb to infections or who are very slow to recover from any illness.
It is one of the most important oils we have at our disposal for helping people who are HIV positive.
Other Tea Tree essential oil uses
Tea tree oil is valuable for colds, influenza and the infectious illnesses of childhood. If used in the bath at the first signs of a cold or flu, one of the effects of Tea Tree is to stimulate profuse sweating, which has long been recognised in natural healing as a valuable response to infection. Quite often this is enough to stop a cold or flu developing and, if not, will reduce its severity and help to prevent secondary infections. This is not suppressing the infection but efficiently fighting it.
In general, Tea Tree is not a skin irritant and can, in fact, be used undiluted on the skin. However, those with sensitive skin should use Tea tree cautiously at first, though even as little as 3 drops in a full bath for an adult has been shown to have the anti-infectious action.
Neat Tea Tree essential oil uses
Neat Tea Tree oil is as an effective treatment for cold sores. Dab it on at the first burning sensation that precedes the blisters. The blisters of shingles and chickenpox can be treated in the same way.
Warts can be eradicated by placing a single drop of neat TT oil on the centre every day and covering with a plaster. It may take several weeks to see any result, but is effective in the long run.
Tea Tree is useful in skin washes for acne, alternating it with the oils more traditionally used, such as Lavender and Bergamot.
As a preventative measure, Tea Tree has been used to build up the strength of patients before surgery. By using the oil in baths and massages for some weeks prior to an operation, and continuing with massage afterwards, post-operative shock can be reduced.
Try the tea tree oil in inhalations for catarrh and sinusitis, in burners and vaporisers during epidemics, mixed in a protective cream for nappy rash and also in the rinsing water for nappies as a preventative measure.