Tea Tree Oil - Uses And Side Effects
Tea tree (melaleuca) oil is an essential oil distilled from the leaves and branches of Melaleuca alternifolia. A member of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae), this tree is native to Australia. Australian aborigines have long used melaleuca extracts for burns, cuts, insect bites, and other skin problems. During World War II, tea tree oil was used by Australian soldiers as a disinfectant. Scientists are studying melaleuca as a possible treatment for various bacterial and fungal infections.
This Australian shrub has papery bark on its stems and thin pointed leaves, with small white flowers in thick spikes, followed by the capsule-like seeds.
Common doses of Tea Tree
Tea tree comes as creams, ointments, lotions, and soaps. It's also found in cosmetics, toiletries, and other household products. Concentrations of melaleuca oil in these products range from less than 1 % to 100%. Depending on the type of product and the nature and location of the skin disorder, some experts recommend applying the oil locally in concentrations of 0.4% to 100%.
Uses of Tea Tree Oil
It is an antiseptic herb with a clear clean smell and expectorant, antifungal, bactericidal and sudorific properties, which stimulates the immune system. Specifically, tea tree oil may help to :-
Side effects of Tea Tree
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of tea tree:
Tea tree also can irritate the mouth and digestive tract.
Are there any interactions?
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking.
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Scientists believe tea tree oil has some value in treating acne and psoriasis (scaly, raised skin patches). It may also help combat certain antibiotic-resistant bacterial skin infections. More research is needed to determine if tea tree is effective against other skin problems or vaginal infections.
Other names for Tea Tree
Other names for tea tree include Australian tea tree oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, melaleuca oil, and tea tree oil.
Products containing tea tree oil include Jason Winter's Tea Tree Oil, Swanson Ultra Tea Tree Oil, and Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil.
Home || Feedback || Nutritional Blog ||
(c)Copyright Vitamins-minerals-supplements All rights reserved.
Disclaimer: Material provided on vitamins-minerals-supplements.org website is provided for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. Always take the advice of your doctor before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program. We will not be liable for any complications, or other medical accidents arising from the use of any information on this web site.