Tea Tree Oil
· What is tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that was first found in Australia and it cannot be naturally found in many other places. It is mostly colorless but sometimes gives a pale yellowish color. It has the smell of camphor and it is clear in surface. This oil is extremely effective as it is known to have too many benefits and uses. It mainly helps in treating skin infections, dandruff and other such dermatological as well as medical conditions. It acts as an antimicrobial and an antibacterial in most cases. Its scientific name is known as Melaleuca alternifoliais.
· Uses of tea tree oil
It has become extremely popular in the past decade and is now used in almost all the beauty soaps, bath salts and almost every skin product. Apart from having being proved as an extraordinary oil that helps in treating skin conditions, tea tree oil is known to have many other uses around home as well, Some of it are as follows:
1. Toothbrush cleaner – Our toothbrush are mostly filled with dead and alive bacteria that we don’t even know. The bottom it can be cleaned by dipping the brush in tea tree oil for about 30-40 seconds. This will clear all the germs from it.
2. Mold treatment – On molds, you can clean the designs and depths by spraying tea tree oil along with water. It acts as a natural disinfectant and if used with baking soda, it can clean the surfaces in an even better manner.
3. Natural pest control – Apart from being a natural disinfectant, it also acts as a natural pest control. The camphor-like smell of tea tree oil repels the insects and hence, a repellant made by missing tea tree along with coconut oil can really keep all the insects away at a far-off distance.
4. Laundry freshener – If you add a few drops of tea tree oil in your bucket or machine, the clothes will become stiffer and smell fresh. Apart from this, it will also kill the germs present in the water. It freshens the laundry without taking any extra time for doing so.
5. Carpet freshener — It has a natural, fresh smell due to which it also helps in keeping the carpets fresh. Sometimes, it also acts as a natural deodorant.
· Health benefits of Tea tree oil
1. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties. But, besides this it also has smoothening properties which is why it treats the sunburns and skin rashes very easily
2. It removes acne and reduces the marks to a great extent. IT is known for its antifungal properties and that is why it removes the pimple causing germs from the inside thoroughly. A small amount of tea tree oil can be applied to the skin everyday for at least two months, and the changes visible will be worth the effort.
3. It treats the fungal infections around the nails. Our nails are known to give birth to ascariasis eggs if not cleaned properly which leads to fungal growth. Tea tree oil cures the infection and also makes better the appearance of the nails. It gives the nails a shine and makes it healthy too.
4. An athlete’s foot can also be cured by using tea tree oil. Whether it is scaling or inflammation or itching or burning, it can all be treated by applying a small amount of tea tree oil.
5. Tea tree oil can cure dandruff as well. It not only removes it but also makes sure it doesn’t come again. It treats everything from scalp lesions to scalp itchiness. It can also cure the greasiness that develops on the head of people that bare dandruff. Using a little bit of tea tree oil every day for a month can gently and easily remove the dandruff from the head.
6. As it acts as a repellant to the insects, it also acts as a repellant to the lice. By applying tea tree oil to the head, it makes sure to kill the lice that are alive and also kill the lice eggs. It reduces the number of lice gradually over a period of time. It is most effective when used with lavender.
7. Eye inflammation can be treated by using tea tree oil. It cures any infection that happens in the eyes and on the eyelids. It also treats vision loss. Apart from this, it also treats ear infection.
8. Research has shown that adding tea tree oil to either peppermint or lemon juice can cure bad breath. It leaves a fresh smell and also kills off the bacteria causing such smell.
9. Tea tree oil is known to treat inflammation and itchiness in children. It cures hemorrhoids to a great extent. It also cures cold sores.
10. A vaginal infection known as trichomoniasis can also be treated with tea tree oil. It is also beneficial to the people who suffer from another vaginal infection known as vaginal candidiasis.
11. Tea tree oil is not only helpful in cleansing the toothbrush but if used directly with the toothpaste, it can reduce gum bleeding. It is also known to cure plaque in people. Tea tree oil when used with specific chemicals can cure plaque in an even better manner.
12. Apart from all this, it is known to prevent infections in cuts, abrasions, and burns. It can also cure sore throat, cough and congestion.
13. It can not only keep the insects at a distance but also cure insect bites very easily and quickly.
14. As the immune system of people suffering from AIDS is weaker in comparison to others, they are more likely to suffer from yeast infections of the throat and the moth. Tea tree oil gives them the protection against such infection and also cures the, It is known to have also provided comfort to the patients suffering from oral cancer.
15. Tea tree oil can protect the skin and also cure it from rashes.
16. It is known to treat psoriasis.
17. When a few drops of it are added to the humidifier, it even eases asthma pains and problems.
· How to make tea tree oil?
We have heard so much about the benefits of tea tree oil. Now, who wouldn’t want to grab as many bottles of it as we can? If you are unable to purchase bottles of tea tree oil or it is not available to you, if you have some time on your hands, you can make the tea tree oil for yourself. Here is a list of steps that you need to follow while preparing this essential oil:
1. Put the leaves in a pot and cover with water. Place a vegetable steamer in the pot over the highest point of the leaves and water.
2. Put a measuring glass inside the steamer.
3. Place the top on the pot upside down, so that the handle stub in the middle is indicating the measuring container.
4. Boil the water to steam the leaves. The water will consolidate and dissipate, and the buildup will slide toward the handle and into the measuring container.
5. Put around four ice blocks on top of the upside down pot cover to hurry the steam buildup.
6. Turn off the warmth once all the ice has softened.
7. Take off the top and empty the ice 3D square water into the sink, and afterward uproot the glass measuring container.
8. Pour the measuring glass substance into an isolating pipe, yet ensure the stopcock at the base of the pipe is shut. Close the highest point of the pipe and shake vivaciously.
9. Invert the channel and afterward open to discharge the weight. The oil will buoy to the highest point of the water, successfully isolating the two substances.
10. Put a glass bottle underneath the stopcock and discharge the water. Empty the oil into a tinted glass bottle.
11. Repeat the procedure up to three more times to draw more oil from the clears out
Tea tree oil is removed from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century mariners, who made tea that possessed a scent reminiscent of nutmeg from the leaves of the tree developing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Try not to confound the tea tree with the regular tea plant that is utilized to make dark and green teas.
Tea tree oil is connected to the skin for contaminations, for example, skin inflammation, contagious diseases of the nail, lice, scabies, competitor’s foot and ringworm. It is likewise utilized topically as a neighborhood disinfectant for cuts and scraped areas, for blazes, bug bites and stings, bubbles, vaginal contaminations, repetitive herpes labialis, toothache, diseases of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear contamination.
A few individuals add it to shower water to treat hack, bronchial clog, and aspiratory problems
Occasionally, individuals may have unfavorably susceptible responses to tea tree oil, going from mellow dermatitis to extreme rankles and rashes.
Tea tree oil should not be taken inside, even in little amounts. It can bring about impaired immune functions, looseness of the bowels, and possibly deadly central nervous system depression. It can cause over-tiredness, sluggishness, disarray. Tea tree oil, similar to any essential oil, can be retained through the skin. It ought not to be utilized full-quality on the skin – even little sums can bring about poisonous quality. It should be used safely such essential oils.
Look for medical consultation of on the off chance that you encounter side effects of tea tree oil overdose like unnecessary sluggishness, drowsiness, poor coordination, looseness of the bowels, vomiting.
Stay away from tea tree oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep tea tree oil out of the scope of small children and pets.