Top 20 Tea Tree Essential Oil Uses

Tea Tree Essential Oil Uses

For hundreds of years, the tea tree plant and particularly its potent essential oil (melaleuca) have been used for a wide range of medicinal uses. Despite this, medicinal recognition of the various uses of melaleuca essential oil did not come about until early in the 20th century, when its antiseptic properties became better known. But, tea tree oil essential uses go beyond disinfection and include numerous health and household uses that many still enjoy today.

There are some important things to consider when using tea tree oil, however. Understanding safe essential oil uses is imperative to responsibly using them, and melaleuca oil joins many others in a group of essential oils that are not safe for ingestion. Topical application is considered appropriate for nearly all tea tree essential oil uses, although some may find dilution appropriate, especially those with sensitive skin. Like any natural topical, performing a skin test before use can help identify safety concerns as well as identify potential allergies.

It may seem as though tea tree essential oil uses are limited to antimicrobial activities alone, but there are numerous ways in which the essential oil can be beneficial. Twenty of them follow, suggesting that the progress made in identifying uses for tea tree oil may have barely scratched the surface of the substance’s potential uses.

1. Acne: Acne is caused by dirt and bacteria becoming trapped under the surface of the skin. There are many commercial products available to deal with troublesome acne, however one interesting study found that when compared side by side to benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil caused fewer side effects (although it worked less quickly as well).

2. Insect Repellent: For whatever reason, ants and other creepy crawlies tend to strongly dislike the aroma of tea tree oil, enough so that they stay away entirely. It’s been suggested that taking advantage of bug diffusion tea tree essential oil uses is best done by combining a few drops of the oil with coconut oil.

3. Mold: Mold in the home can cause a wide range of problems, including some that can significantly impact health. There are many cleansers and cleaners that may kill mold, but a majority of them are harsh and their fumes alone can be hazardous. Tea tree oil has demonstrated antifungal abilities and killing household mold takes little more than adding a few drops of oil to a cup of water and applying to the affected area.

4. Laundry: Despite the cost or scent of laundry detergent, it doesn’t and won’t kill germs hiding out on laundry and in the washing machine itself. Many have found that adding just a couple of drops of tea tree oil to the wash can provide organism killing freshness load after load.

5. Fungal Infections: Tea tree essential oil uses include killing fungus, whether that fungus is on a basement wall or on the big toe. One study in particular found that eighty percent of affected individuals with toenail fungus experienced relief when using a cream that contained 5% tea tree oil.

6. MRSA Infection: Evidence is still scant on this one, but one study conducted just over a decade ago found that tea tree oil was useful in attacking serious sources of infection, including some that may be resistant to antibiotics, like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA.

7. Lice: There is little scientific study to support the use of tea tree oil in the case of lice infestations, however since tea tree essential oil uses are thought to include sending bugs heading for the hills, it’s not a stretch to assume that the same might be true when they’ve made their home from a scalp.

8. Congestion: Nearly all uses of melaleuca oil involve diluting the natural substance and applying topically. However, there are thought to be some benefits to using the oil in aromatherapy, and one of the most commonly noted is providing congestion relief. It’s thought that steam inhalation of the oil’s vapors may work in two ways; first by clearing clogged passageways in the nasal cavity, and additionally by killing bacterial infection sources, if present.

9. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: It’s imperative to seek medical care in the event of STD like symptoms. Some, if left untreated, can lead to more severe symptoms or complications. There are medications available for STD’s such as genital warts and herpes that have externally apparent symptoms, but some believe that diluted tea tree oil may be useful in these cases as well and small clinical trials have demonstrated support for these notions.

10. Dandruff: One place where it’s not uncommon to see tea tree oil in commercially prepared products is in shampoo. Some enjoy the oil’s addition because of the tingle and pleasant aroma, but tea tree essential oil uses are also thought to include treating and reducing dandruff, adding a medicinal benefit to an already well known product.

11. Wounds Care: Perhaps the oldest known use of tea tree oil relates to its application on minor wound sites. Lacking the availability and production methods available today, past users of the potent oil broke the leaves in order to release it and rubbed the resulting exposed leaf areas over wounds to help prevent infection and speed healing.

12. Periodontal Disease: It’s absolutely imperative that tea tree oil not be consumed, and ingesting the oil can be very hazardous and toxic. That being said, diluting the oil and using it as a gargle may have a wide range of benefits, including purportedly treating periodontal disease.

13. Immunity Support: There is no way to guarantee not getting sick, but some believe that tea tree essential oil uses may include staving off everyday colds if they seem to be beginning. Using the oil for this purpose is best done in a warm bath, where a couple of drops are added for inhalation and external application benefits.

14. Scars: Most skin related uses of tea tree oil relate to killing off pathogens that can lead to illness or disease, but some also suggest that in terms of reducing the appearance of scars and other skin spots, the oil may be useful.

15. Hair Health: Many tea tree essential oil uses relate to the hair, and it’s noted as aforementioned to be useful in evicting head lice and reducing dandruff, too. However, melaleuca oil may also generally help to improve the quality of hair and contribute to its overall health because it’s thought to help strengthen hair follicles.

16. Hair Loss: There is one more way in which tea tree oil may be beneficial for hair, and that’s related to when it wants to fall out. By strengthening the follicles, it’s possible that the oil may prevent some hair from falling out on its own.

17. Blood Circulation: Most aromatherapy related use of tea tree oil relates to coughs, colds and the flu. But, some believe that using the oil in this way has stimulating properties that may help get the blood flowing (hormonal secretions are also thought to be stimulated in this way as well).

18. Inflammation: There is little study into just how effective tea tree oil may be in terms of reducing inflammation; however it is thought to be a natural swelling reducer. If further researched, that would mean that pain relief from inflammation related conditions like arthritis could one day be included in tea tree essential oil uses.

19. Toothbrush Cleaning: People use their toothbrushes every day, and many never give the cleanliness of their toothbrush a second thought. Unfortunately, they can harbor countless germs that get put right back into the mouth every time they are used. A little tea tree oil added to water makes a great toothbrush soak, and can eliminate bacteria and mold that commonly accumulate on toothbrushes.

20. Warts: Warts are generally harmless but are so unsightly that most people want them gone, as quickly as possible. Their viral source points to the most well known of all tea tree essential oil uses, so it’s no surprise that using the oil neat is considered a popular and effective home remedy for common warts.