Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly know as tea tree oil, is an ingredient of many soaps, creams, lotions, deodorants, disinfectants and air fresheners. It is one of the most powerful immune stimulant oils, and can be used to fight infections of all kinds. It is also helpful in clearing the skin.
Melaleuca alternifolia oil is an excellent choice for wound care and tissue healing, and has long been known as a potent anti-fungal agent. It has been documented to kill many bacteria, viruses and fungi on contact, so — just as the aborinines knew — it is excellent for cuts, wounds and burns, and anywhere harmful bacteria might be found.
Key properties of melaleuca oil
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Melaleuca is also effective to use at the onset of flu or cold symptoms. Just add 2- 5 drops of oil to a teaspoon of agave or honey, and add to warm water or tea, or let sit and dissolve on the tongue before swallowing. Initially, this should be done every 20-30 minutes; then, when symptoms are under control, reduce to 2-3 times per day.
Melaleuca alternifolia is also effective at treating gum inflammation, and can be used for periodontal disease.
For wounds, cuts, bites, fungus, athlete's foot, skin disorders and less severe burns, apply melaleuca topically and neat (undiluted). For application to more sensitive areas, especially the genitals, for herpes or thrush, dilute with a carrier oil.
For dandruff, add a 5% dilution to your shampoo.
For mouth and gum problems, gargle or oil-push a 5% dilution.
Modern research into melaleuca oil
Double-blind studies demonstrate that melaleuca oil is useful in the treatment of
athlete's foot and other fungal infections of the skin and nails.
Another study found melaleuca oil to be effective at reducing gum inflammation, due to periodontal disease.
Numerous studies have shown that melaleuca is effective against acne.
Studies show that melaleuca oil is as effective as standard antiseptics for clearing resistant strains of staph bacteria from the skin of hospitalized patients, as well as hospital instruments and surfaces.
Other uses for melaleuca oil
1. Melaleuca oil is very important in the health of the immune system, as it acts as a immuno-stimulant and increases the body's ability to fight off any infections. It can be applied topically or ingested, but is also very effective when diffused.
2. Melaleuca oil can also is used to revive the mind and body after shock. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil
3. Melaleuca oil is used all around the world, for its great effectiveness at warding off infections of any kind. It is active in all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses.
4. Melaleuca can help with influenza, cold sores and gingivitis.
5. Besides its superb anti-infectious properties, tea tree oil is also very effective at clearing bronchial congestion, asthma, coughs, sinusitis, whooping cough and tuberculosis.
6. For the genito-urinary system, tea tree oil can be used to help clear vaginal thrush, cystitis and genital infections, in general.
7. On the skin, tea tree oil clears abscesses, acne, burns, herpes, oily skin, athlete's foot, cold sores, blemishes, diaper rash, warts, sunburn and infected wounds. It is also effective at fighting dandruff.
8. Diffusing Melaleuca alternifolia oil it may assist with colds, sinusitis and bronchitis, or any other respiratory ailment.
9. When added to water, for washing or bathing, melaleuca has great value in treating abscesses, bed sores, acne, boils, lice, dandruff and wounds, and can also be applied neat on problem areas, with a cotton swab. These same remedies can be used safely on pets.
10. For lice, apply tea tree oil neat onto the scalp, let sit for 40 minutes and wash the hair. Repeat every second day, for twelve days.
11. Melaleuca oil can be used as a mouthwash, for gum infections, mouth ulcers, throat infections and tonsillitis. Dilute to 5% before using.