We have seen how tea tree oil is beneficial for skin and hair. But this exceptional essential oil has numerous other health benefits. Following are 5 extraordinary benefits of tea tree oil-
Tea tree oil is used to treat tinea pedis (athletes foot) for a really long time. The oil helps to treat the damaged nail- fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis) and nourishes the dead skin.
2. Infection Control
For centuries tea tree oil is used to treat various infections. Terpinen-4-ol in tea tree oil is a major component of tea tree oil and is known for its antimicrobial properties.
Tea tree oil inhibits the activity of Staphylococcus bacterium, the bacteria responsible for various infections like the stye, lymphadenitis.
It also acts against E.Coli which leads to gastrointestinal infections and urinary tract infections.
Tea tree oil also aids in the treatment of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection. For fungal infections like ringworm, the daily topical application will reduce the incidence of same.
Tea tree oil is widely accepted in homoeopathic therapy for treatment against numerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
3. Oral health
Tea tree oil is also known to improve overall oral health, prevent tooth infection and ease the pain associated with the root canal( temporarily)
The oil is even used in dentistry sometimes to relieve pain associated with dry sockets. Dry sockets also are known as alveolar osteitis is a painful condition which may occur after dental extraction if clot from the extraction socket is dislodged.
Tea tree oil is also known to act against the Candida albicans that are known to cause oral thrush, use of the oil on toothbrush fortnightly can bring the desired result.
For a person suffering from gingivitis, daily use of a diluted variant of tea tree oil as mouth rinse have shown to reduce the gum inflammation.
4. Sinus decongestion
Pure tea tree oil is added to water and used in a humidifier and diffused to help ease respiratory and sinus infections, thus relieving from sinus decongestion.
5. Skin tags
Tea tree oil when applied multiple times a day over the skin tags helps treat skin tags, (a minimum of about 15 days to a month)
Other benefits of tea tree oil
It has been used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for centuries. These native Australians crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing.
Tea tree oil contains compounds that fight bacteria responsible for body odor. It can be used to make a safe and effective deodorant.