You may have heard of Tea Tree oil before, but you may not know how versatile it is in its healing properties.
Tea tree oil is made from a plant native to Australia called Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil is a potent antiseptic and antifungal, and can kill bacteria and fungus, and reduce allergic skin reactions. In fact, it has clinically been found to be just as effective, or more effective, as prescriptive antifungals. It is also very effective in treating acne, but without the bothersome side effects (itching, stinging, burning, and dryness) of most acne medications.
Tea Tree oil is helpful in treating the following conditions:
· As an antiseptic
· Athlete's foot
· Bad breath
· Cuts and burns
· Ear infections
· Immune system problems
· Sore throat
· Periodontal disease
· Yeast infection
In general, you can use pure, undiluted Tea Tree oil topically. Apply with a cotton swab for precise application. People have found great relief by using Tea Tree oil orally for bad breath, cavities, toothache, and sore throat. However, in doing so, you must be very careful not to swallow the oil, and to always dilute the oil with water. Ingestion can be toxic, and can cause confusion, inability to walk, unsteadiness, rash, and coma. See this page for instructions on oral use.
Tea Tree oil has been found to be very effective in treating vaginal yeast and fungal infections, suppositories are even ready-made for that very purpose.
The oil is also a very good household cleaner, insect repellant, topical germ fighter, and controls mold.
There are no known interactions between Tea Tree oil herbs, food, or supplements.
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