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"Tea Tree Oil" for health problems therapy

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

-         Anti-Fungal

 

What is Tea Tree Oil (TTO)?

 

      TTO is an essential oil usually extracted by steam-distillation from the leaves and twigs of the medium-sized Australian tea tree shrub – it has a pale yellow/green color with a distinctive medicinal aroma. From the Myrtaceae (Myrtle) family

 

      Medically useful components of standardized  (Australian standard AS 2782-1985) TTO

-       Cineole                 (2 - 5% <  Cineole < 15%)

-       Terpinen-4-ol    (>30%)

 

      Useful properties of TTO

 

-       Antibacterial/Antibiotic- against Gram-positive bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative bacteria, such as Escherichia coli

Cox SD, Mann CM, Markham JL, Bell HC, Gustafson JE, Warmington JR, Wyllie SG 2000. The mode of antimicrobial action of essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil). J Appl Microbiol 88: 170-175. 

or Salmonella typhimurium

Wilkinson JM, Cavanagh HM Antibacterial activity of essential oils from Australian native plants. 2005. Phytother Res 19: 643-646.   

 

-       Anti-fungal – TTO inhibited growth of all fungi tested: including candida, 26 strains of skin organisms, 54 yeasts and 22 other strains of fungi.

Study of Anti-fungal activity of Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil, University of Leigzig, Germany 1996.

Hammer KA, Carson CF, Riley TV. In-vitro activity of essential oils, in particular Melaleuca alternafolia (tea tree) oil and tea tree oil products, against Candida albicans. J Antimicrobial Chemother 1998;42:591–5.

 

 

-       Other medicinal properties – include: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral,  anti-infectious, anti-parasite 

 

 

How to Use TTO?

 

      Not for oral consumption and generally use undiluted – can be diluted 2-10%. The undiluted oil causes greater skin irritation or allergic reactions, and its internal use is not recommended

 Schulz V  Rational phytoterapy: A physician's guide to herbal Medicine 2000. West Lafayette: Springer.    

 

      Topical Use

 

-       Dilute as necessary in oil – E.g. jojoba oil.  Dilute up to 10%

 

-       Apply TTO to infected areas as needed - May require several applications each day over 2-3 weeks.

 

-       TTO may be incorporated into other external-use creams/ointments etc.

 

-       Vaginal use may require a suppository product

 

 

      Dental/Mouth Use

 

         In toothpaste

         In mouthwash

 

      Safety Precautions - Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of the reach of children. Do not take orally - can use as a mouthwash, but do not swallow TTO. For application to sensitive areas such as near the eyes, mouth, or genitals, use a diluted form of tea tree oil; always dilute for use on a baby's skin. Pregnant women should use tea tree oil cautiously. Test for unwanted reaction to tea tree oil by dabbing a small amount on the inside of your arm and wait for five to ten minutes.

 

 

What is Tree Oil used for?

 

      Yeast Infections - Thrush, vaginitis, cystitis,

 

      Dental problems – use at 10% solution. The influence of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia on the healing of infected dental alveoli: a histological study in rats concluded that TTO at 20% caused a delay in the repair process of infected dental alveoli in rats, as demonstrated by the presence of more necrosis area and less osteogenesis.

 

      Fungus /Candida

 

      Skin Care

 

         Abcsess

         Acne (9% solution)

         Athlete’s Foot

         Blisters

         Burns

         Sores

         Oily skin

         Dandruff use in shampoo / rub diluted TTO into scalp 10%

         Herpes

         Wounds/Cuts/Abrasions  (infected)

         Mouth ulcers

         Insect bites

         Rashes – E..g. diaper rash (10% dilution)

         Warts

         Nail infections -  Eg. Toe nail fungus (use 9% solution)

         Jock itch

         Pruritis (itching) – caused by fungal (such as candida overgrowth)/parasitic infection

E.g. Pruritis ani (rectal itching) – also keep area clean and dry, and reduce sugar intake to reduce fungal/parasitic overpopulation of intestines

         Ringworm – which is a fungus

         Warts – caused by a virus; dab on undiluted throughout day. May take 3-4 weeks to completely shrink and dry up. BTW, Warts do not have roots. Cover with strong tape after application. Warts appear with a weakened immune system, which would otherwise take care of them.

 

      Other Uses - Air purifier, insect repellent

THERAPIES LINKS

THERAPIES:

Therapies Chart

  1-2-3-4 Therapy Plan

  Herxheimer Reaction

  Timing is of the Essence

 

Essential Oils Links

 

ESSENTIAL OILS (EOs)

 Related Links

Essential Oils  - Main Article

 Lavender e.o.

Tea Tree e.o.

Wild Oregano e.o.

 

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