Tea tree oil – What is the use of tea tree oil in aromatherapy? How it benefits?
Tea tree essential oil is one of the most widely used essential oils in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy makes use of concentrated oils derived from various plant parts to help heal and rejuvenate the body. These essential oils possess the healing benefits and aroma of the plant they are derived from.
Tea tree essential oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the tea tree plant by steam distillation. It has a very high oil percentage. Given this high concentration level, make sure you always dilute the oil with a carrier oil. Although non-toxic and non-irritant in nature, you should take care to keep this oil away from any sensitive areas on your body. Take care not to ingest this oil as there have been reported cases of coma and hallucinations.
Tea tree oil contains chemicals known as terpenoids, believed to provide the oil with its medicinal properties. Tea tree oil contains immuno-stimulants and has very strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents that retard the growth of these harmful organisms, thus allowing the infection to heal faster. Thus, it is useful against any sort of wound or cut, viral infections like cystitis or thrush and fungal skin conditions such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.
To combat the spread of any airborne diseases, it is a good idea to add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to a diffuser. This will disperse minute molecules of the oil into the air and help fight disease-causing agents. These micron sized molecules can also be easily absorbed into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. It has been known to cure pulmonary, intestinal and urinary infections.
A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to a bowl of boiling water to relieve the symptoms of cough and cold and other respiratory infections as well. This is due to the expectorant property of this oil which helps dissolve any mucus effectively.
Tea tree oil also has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it can reduce the pain, redness and swelling associated with any skin diseases. It has good penetrative abilities and is thus particularly useful against acne and eczema. It is also cicatrisant is nature, meaning it helps skin to heal by encouraging the formation of new scar tissue.
Tea tree oil can be applied to the hair as well. It has been effective in reducing the occurrence of dandruff. It also strengthens the hair follicles and smooths the hair.