Monday, September 22, 2014

Tea Tree Nature's Medicine Chest

Tea Tree is an amazing and great healer and should be in your medicine cabinet to ward off colds. This is also a great oil to also have in a first aid kit, to fight infections and for cuts and wounds. Its botanical name is Melaleuca Alternifolia from grows native in Australia. The wonderful essential oil is taken from the leaves and grows to 20 feet high in forested areas near rivers or lakes. In ancient times, it was used in poultices with the leaves and applied to wounds and burns which helped stave off infections. It is so potent and powerful it is antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral and also a bactericide, fungicide and insecticide—and great for wounds. When using this essential oil you’re going to notice it has a strong and medicinal smell. It is fantastic it can help keep your body healthier. If you want your home to feel fresh, clean and spray the air to keep germs at bay—this is your go to essential oil. Emotionally speaking, Tea tree starts the process of spiritual and emotional cleansing. It can help us turn toward the positive and find refreshment for our spirit. For more physical uses, you can use the this healing oil to treat cuts, insect bites, burns, boils, diaper rash, poison ivy, sunburn, hives and splinters. Tea tree oil is often used to treat fungal infections and can help reduce inflammation and rid the bacteria associated with these types of infections. It’s great for treating athletes foot, fingernail infections, ringworm and yeast infections. This oil is also perfect for a wide variety of uses ranging from acne, candida, insect bites and oily skin. Here is a list of some basic uses and how effective this oil is. It’s pretty inexpensive and a little goes a long way. Abrasions & Minor Cuts: After cleaning the area well, apply a few drops of the oil directly. If a bandage is needed, allow a few drops of the oil to penetrate a cotton ball, then lay it face down on the wound with a bandage on top. Acne: Add a drop to your normal cleansing routine or dab a very small amount on acne breakouts. You can also add 20 – 40 drops of the oil to your regular face wash. Air Freshener: Keep a supply of cotton balls soaked in tea tree oil packed away in a plastic bag or tin. When confronted with foul smells from cooking, musty orders from dampness or even the medicinal smell in a sick room, take a few out the freshen the air and remove the nasty smell. Boils: Apply a warm washcloth for a few minutes. Then apply a drop or two of oil to the area – the infection should rise to surface and eventually be released. Bronchial Congestion: Use as directed for Asthma. Add 5 – 10 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage into chest and throat 2 – 3 times daily. Dandruff: Add 20 – 30 drops oil to any shampoo. Apply a few drops to scalp and massage after washing. Dry Skin: Add 5 drops oil to 1 tbsp sweet almond oil. Massage into skin. Earache and Infection: Add 2 – 3 drops of oil to 2 tbsp warm olive oil. With a dropper, drop a small amount into aching ear, tilting head to one side for a moment. Use cotton swab to absorb oil. Repeat 2 – 3 times daily. Eczema: Add 10 drops oil to 1 tbsp grapeseed oil or coconut oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times daily. Also can be applied undiluted. NAIL FUNGUS : Add 1 – 2 drops of oil directly to nail and the surrounding tissue. Allow to dry completely on hands before touching anything. Repeat morning and night for a week. Viral Infections: Diffuse tea tree oil throughout the home or inhale from steaming water. Natural Household Cleaner: You’ll need: Spray bottle, 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil, Water and 10 drops of Lavender oil. Some other helpful hints in using this wonderfully multi-faceted oil is to use in inhalation. When inhaled, tea tree oil may also function as an expectorant, so it can also be used to treat chest and throat infections, as well as congestion associated with the cold. In addition, tea tree oil's antibacterial properties make it a natural alternative treating acne-causing bacteria and reduce the inflammation associated with breakouts. Many have seen a significant reduction in inflamed and non-inflammed acne lesions. To treat inflammation, use products that contain tea tree oil but dilute pure tea tree oil, because the pure oil is too irritating for sensitive areas of the body. Hope you found this information useful and you consider buying keeping tea tree oil in your cabinet for your emergency and even regular needs.

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