Tea Tree oil, which is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, has been used by the Australian aborigines for centuries as an antiseptic and antifungal treatment. In recent years, many countries have embraced it as an alternative to synthetic medicines.
Not only will this potent liquid cure you of all fungal problems on your body, but it is also great as an insect repellent for both you and your garden.
Here are a few other ailments of this incredible oil treats:
- Athletes’ foot
- Jock itch
- Nail fungus
- Insect bites
- Bee Stings
- Cold sores
- Gum disease
Always use this oil with caution. It is very strong and has been known to cause rashes in some people. If you use it on your skin, always dilute it with another essential oil such as jojoba. If used to repel insects in your garden, please be sure not to spray directly on plants as it can burn them and be sure to always dilute it before spraying.
This oil is toxic if ingested. Be very careful when using around domestic animals and when using as an antiseptic in your mouth.
I also think it is important to call attention to a study that suggests that Tea Tree oil and lavender oil may cause Gynecomastia in prepubescent boys when used in excess. Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic for more information http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tea-tree-oil/AN01555. The study found that it only occurred in 3 boys, so it is not really conclusive. It is important, however, to provide all the information, so people can develop an informed opinion.
Tea Tree oil is a great multipurpose treatment to use on a number of ailments. Whether you are looking to repel insects in your garden or if you are looking to clear up your acne, tea tree oil is a great alternative.
If you are looking for more information on tea tree oil please check out what the Mayo Clinic has to say at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tea-tree-oil/NS_patient-teatreeoil.
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