‘The world is changing, and so shall we.’ The modern world is slowly taking a totally different take on health and well being. People are becoming more conscious and attuned with nature. A holistic lifestyle targeting the complete wellness of body, mind, and soul is becoming more popular. The five main aspects of this spiritual and practical growth process are emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual, and social health and the best way to get there is to go organic.
Plant-based foods, health-care and skincare, exercise, meditation have all become ways towards better living.
One such change is the inclusion of essential oils in our health and skincare routine, and a fast-paced favourite is the tea tree oil. The almost magical oil has excellent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, which the beauty industry is effectively incorporating and encashing. Modern cosmetic brands use tea tree oil as a key ingredient in many of their products, taking the skincare regime to new heights.
What Is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is distilled from the tea tree leaves, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, with its origins in Australia. The oil has many chemicals and oxidises on being exposed to air. It includes a compound called Terpinen-4-ol, which increases white blood cells’ activity and fights germs and bacteria. This oil was used for wound treatments as well as an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory treatment. Natives of Australia used to crush the leaves for inhalation to treat cold and cough. An entrepreneur named Arthur Penfold first commercialised the use of this oil in 1920 when he discovered its antiseptic properties and studied its potential globally.
Tea tree oil is successfully being used in many modern-day products for its multidimensional advantages.
- Dressing a wound: a few drops of this oil on a fresh wound or under a bandage help heal a wound faster with its antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Mouthwash: Although this oil is toxic and must not be swallowed, a few drops of tea tree oil in warm water used for gargling and rinsing the mouth can keep all germs and bacteria away.
- Dandruff-control: One can use a scalp oil or shampoo that is infused with tea tree oil or add a few drops of this concentrated oil to a regular shampoo while washing hair. This will reduce and eliminate any dry scalp, dandruff, or lice issues.
- Acne treatment: A few drops of this oil in lukewarm water and dabbed with cotton on acne-prone skin will slowly reduce the acne over time.
- Sanitiser and cleaner: A few tea tree oil caps in a small bucket of warm water and vinegar make an excellent all-purpose anti-microbial house cleaner. It can also be used as a hand sanitiser to kill germs like e-coli.
- Insect repellent: This oil has a fresh camphoraceous smell, strong and effective to repel insects. If the oil is exposed to air, it oxidises and gives out a strong gasoline odour, keeping away flies and insects.
Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil
The tea tree oil is non-consumable but has many topical benefits. Let us have a closer look at the tea tree oil benefits:
- Antibacterial: This oil is well-known for its antimicrobial property. It can successfully damage bacteria’s cell walls and prevent further bacterial activity.
- Anti-inflammatory: A high concentrated compound called terpinen-4-ol is present in this oil and has anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces swelling, especially in histamine-induced irritations.
- Antifungal and Antiviral: Tea tree oil can kill several fungi and yeasts, especially ones that affect the mouth, throat, skin, and genitals. Studies are suggesting that there are some viruses as well that cannot withstand the powers of this oil.
- Acne-control: Tea tree has effectively been experimented with and seen to treat acne-prone skin. Though a slow process, it shows fewer side effects and steadily reduces acne’s reappearance.
- Oral health: Although concentrated tea tree oil must not be consumed, a gel containing this oil is beneficial for bleeding or inflamed gums.
- Dermatitis-control: The benefits of tea tree oil for skin are many. It helps reduce allergic contact dermatitis, a form of eczema, symptoms in some people.
- Hair health: Tea tree oil is excellent in controlling dandruff, flaky scalp, and lice infestation. Since a form of yeast causes dandruff, this oil effectively kills the problem from the root. Hair oils or shampoos containing tea tree oil are used as remedies for scalp problems. This oil, combined with nerolidol or lavender, effectively kills lice and their eggs.
- Nail fungus: Tea tree oil, with its antiseptic and antifungal properties, keeps fungal infections in nails at bay. Nail creams containing this oil are used as a treatment for nail diseases.
Now that you know the wonderful properties of tea tree oil, make sure you avail its benefits wherever possible.
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