Tea Tree Oil: Its Benefits Are Plentiful!

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

tea treeTea tree oil is basically an essential oil. This oil is comes from the leaves of the Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia), which is a small tree from New South Wales, Australia.

It has needle-like leaves and heads of sessile yellow or purplish flowers.

This oil is sometimes called a “medicine cabinet in a bottle”, has a strong, clean, powerful, and fresh fragrance.

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is commonly used topically due to it’s therapeutic properties. Tea tree oil is known as an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.

It can destroy parasitic infections, encourage the healing of wounds, clears lung and sinus congestion, and stimulates the immune system.

Some of the things that people have used tea tree oil to treat include:

  • Acne
  • Herpes 
  • Chicken pox
  • Candida
  • Thrush
  • Cough & Coldtea-tree-oil
  • Genital Infections
  • Nappy Rash
  • Wounds
  • Insect Bits
  • Bronchial congestion
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Whooping cough
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Cold Sores
  • Warts
  • Dandruff

Tea tree oil is an ingredient found in many of our personal care products such as creams, lotions, soaps, and shampoos.

When used in the home, it can help purify your environment and prevent the spread of infection. On the flip side, there are also side effects with this oil too that people need to be aware of.

Tea Tree Oil Side Effects

toxic warning iconTea tree oil must not be ingested as it is toxic. If ingested, some symptoms have been reported such as drowsiness, hallucinations, vomiting, stomach upset and severe rashes.

Must keep this product away from young children and pets.

Tea tree oil, like any essential oil, absorbs through the skin when applied. So it should not be used in full-strength, but in a diluted form to prevent adverse reactions.

If it is used in high concentrations, some of the side effects that appear include skin irritation, contact dermatitis, and systemic hypersensitivity. 

Tea tree oil: Pregnancy and Safety

Precautions must be taken when using essential oils during pregnancy. If you are not sure which essential oils are safe and which ones to avoid during pregnancy, you can have a look at this article as reference CLICK HERE!

Precautions should be taken when using Tea tree oil while you are pregnant, especially during childbirth. This is based on the laboratory findings which scientists have observed a decrease in the force of spontaneous contractions in rat uterus samples that have been exposed to tea tree oil. These findings suggest that the cessation of contractions could put the baby and mother at risk. 

Conclusion

Tea tree oil has many useful properties that can treat some of our health conditions. Although tea tree oil is a natural product, one must take into account that not all natural products are safe for us. Some may even be toxic and could kill us if used inappropriately.

Tea tree oil, like any other essential oil can be toxic if used undiluted. There are side effects associated with tea tree oil that we need to be aware of. It must not be swallowed and be kept well away from children and pets.

Hope you have enjoyed this article and found it useful. What are some of the things that you have used tea tree oil for? Please leave your comments below. Would love to hear about it!

15 comments

  1. Sarah says:

    I’ve heard of Tee Tree oil treating warts. I have a few small ones that keep cropping up every few years. Do you think I could be rid of them with Tee Tree oil? Where’s the best place to buy this oil?

    • Teresa says:

      Tea tree oil can be used for treating warts too. Warts are caused by a virus, and tea tree oil has anti-viral properties. You can purchase tea tree oil in many places such as Health Shops, pharmacy, and online (eg. Amazon).

  2. George says:

    I knew that tea is very moisturizing and recommend it during the diet. Especially green tea that helps a lot in fat burning. In your article I learned how to use essential Tea Tree Oil for external use and I found it very interesting. I am a great fan of products of nature, and always suggest natural solutions. From now on I will suggest also the external use of Tea Tree Oil.
    George

    • Teresa says:

      Natural remedies are available to treat most health conditions if people want to avoid using chemical laden products. But we must also take precautions with natural products too and use it properly.
      Tea tree oil does have many benefits, but there are also side effects associated with it too.

  3. Vicky says:

    Hi,

    It sounds like this tea tree oil has a lot of benefits. The side effects and warnings had me a little worried though. I have two younger children, is this oil safe to have around them?

    Great article, thanks,

  4. Momo-Jones says:

    Hello,
    Tea tree oil sounds like the solution to everything! I would love hear how it can benefits your feets ? Like a cream? As my feets look like they’ve done the war… I would prefer using natural products to take care of them. The side effects are a bit scary though. Can younger children use it as well with parental control? Thanks for the nice tips,
    Have a nice day

    • Teresa says:

      Well, tea tree oil can be used on the feet if you have athlete’s foot or other infections. Some creams also have tea tree oil as one of the ingredients as an antiseptic.
      For younger children, they need to be watched. If this product was swallowed, it can be quite toxic. The label on the bottle usually says to keep out of reach of children. Hope this helps.

  5. Valrie Mullins says:

    Tea Trea Oil is a must have for every home. I keep it on hand and have used it exclusively in the shampoo my husband uses to eliminate dandruff and keeps his hair very healthy.

    This article helped me see that there are many other uses that I need to be using this wonderful oil for. I also liked that you have widgets for some of the places I should check out.

    • Teresa says:

      Tea tree oil is great for many things, so that is why I always keep of bottle in my home just in case i need to use it.

  6. Shuk says:

    Hi, I found your very useful ,

    After so many years of never needing tea tree oil, I had a terrible case of sinusitis which just wouldn’t go. The last at pharmacist told me to do a steam with tea tree oil. It really helped !

    Your article has just given me a whole load of info I never really knew , it’s very informative and well written :)

    • Teresa says:

      I have never tried doing a steam with tea tree oil. Thanks for the tip. I shall try it the next time I have sinusitis. :)

  7. Gina says:

    Wow look at all of those benefits! It’s pretty crazy that something so beneficial can be toxic when ingested.
    Does it only work when directly applied on the body through lotions/shampoos etc? Are there candle forms of this? Weird question haha.
    Hey just wanted to let you know that under the Pregnancy and Safety section where it says CLICK HERE, it isn’t a hyperlink.

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Gina, tea tree oil is found in many products. Even pet shampoos have it. So it should work…otherwise why are companies including these ingredients in the products? Hope that answers your question :)

      Must take care when handling ALL essentials oils. Just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean that it is safe. If unsure how to use them, it’s best to do your research. Ensure that they are out of reach of young children.

  8. Darryl Hunter says:

    Hello, Teresa great article tea tree oil has a lot of benefits.There is another great oil made from the Australian blue cypress tree.This is currently marketed under the name Kakadu Blue.A fantastic healing oil made just out of Darwin in the N.T.

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