Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is derived from the leaves of the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). Tea trees are native to northeast regions of Australia and have been used historically by the aboriginals of Australia for hundreds of years. Due to its potential health benefits, Tea tree oil has been used as a natural medicine, herbal cure, home remedy, naturopathic medicine, homeopathic remedy, and alternative medicine.
Other names for tea tree oil include: Australian Tea Tree Oil, Melaleuca Oil, and Tea Tree Essential Oil.
Health Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
Traditionally, the aboriginals used Tea tree oil to treat colds, coughs, wounds, sore throats, and skin problems. Tea tree oil has been researched as having antimicrobial properties. Some suggest that it may also be a kind of natural medicine or home remedy that has antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic properties as well.
People sometimes use Tea tree oil as a natural remedy or naturopathic medicine to treat athlete’s foot, wounds, acne, nail fungus, and other external infections. Tea tree oil has also been recorded as being used as a homeopathic medicine or home remedy for oral candidiasis (thrush), dandruff, lice, cold sores, and skin lesions.
Some have also used tea tree oil as a natural remedy or herbal medicine to treat vaginal infections, burns, toothache, herpes labialis, and ear infections. It has been added to bath water as a kind of natural medicine to treat bronchial congestion and pulmonary inflammation as well.
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