What is Tea Tree Oil and What is it Used For?

Tea Tree oil is just what it sounds like; it’s an oil taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia, which is native to Southeast Queensland and parts of Australia. Traditionally the aroma from the crushed leaved was used to treat coughs and colds, but now can be used to heal skin problems.

Tea Tree oil can be infused into many products or can be used itself as an essential oil. It may be used as an antiseptic or used for treating athletes foot or mild acne. This should only be used topically. There have been reports from the American Cancer Society that when ingested, can cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, blood cell abnormalities and severe rashes.

Tea Tree oil is poisonous if ingested but can be very effective if allergies are not present. Used in moderation, this can aid in some healing of aliments, but there is not evidence that proves it helps the immune systems.

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  • Reply January 2, 2014

    Samantha

    Sounds good. Acne caught my attention. I have an issue around my chin area. Will have to look further into it.

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  • Reply January 6, 2014

    Julie

    Thanks!

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