Benefits of Tea Tree essential oil and its uses

By Rania Watts

When I was a teenager, I remember I would volunteer at our local hospital and would tend to the patients by bringing them water or taking them for a smoke (back in the day when the entire world smoked).  The lady that I was with on that specific day took one look at my skin and advised me to purchase either Tea Tree oil or a facial product that had Tea Tree distilled inside.  

I was a stubborn tea and really did not listen at all – I used Noxzema as it had helped me from time to time.  In hindsight, seeing all of the benefits of Tea Tree oil below, perhaps I should have listened.  Mind you, when do spitfire teenagers listen?

“Facts about Tea Tree Oil 

– Tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, found in Australia.

– The oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

– A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.

– Tea tree oil should never be swallowed.” (Leanoard. J, 2018) 

Now that being said, Tea Tree oil can be used as an “antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, acne, Athlete’s foot, for contact dermatitis, dandruff/cradle cap, head lice, nail fungus, and for oral health.” (Leanoard. J, 2018). Please note all of these ailments require Tea Tree oil in various forms. 

With all of its benefits there are still a few warnings that you should be aware of before application. “Applying tea tree oil topically, or ingesting it, carries several risks. Tea tree oil is not monitored for safety or purity by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so it should be purchased from a reputable source.”(Leanoard. J, 2018)  

Any personal opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author Rania Watts and not the Practitioner advertised in this website or social media.

The content above is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and does not constitute medical or other professional advice.  

Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT — Written by Jayne Leonard on January 11, 2018 Medical News Today

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