Health and Fitness: Tea Tree Oil
The Aussie Over 50's Guide to Growing Your Own Remedies!
Amazing things can be grown in your own garden.
The Aussie Tea Tree!
The Australian form of Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) is a unique native which has a number of useful purposes including health remedies and other household applications.
This iconic Aussie plant is seen to have proven antibacterial and antifungal effects and has been used for medicinal purposes for many decades. It can be used as antiseptic and also has numerous cosmetic benefits.
You are able to the plant grow in a pot, however it does enjoy the open spaces of a garden bed and they like full sun and should be pruned and watered regularly.
For those that do not have a green thumb, you can purchase TEA TREE OIL already bottled (also known as melaleuca oil).
Tea Tree Oil is know to contain certain chemicals know as terpenoids these are reported to have antiseptic and antifungal properties. In times gone by the leaves were often used as a tea replacement or substitute, which is how the name Tea Tree came to be used to describe a wide variety of similar plants both in Australia and thoughout certain parts of the world, mainly Asia.
Tea Tree leaves have been used for all manner of aliments including healing skin issues, acne, insect bites, minor cuts and scrapes, infections, burns even used for the removal of warts. This was all done usually by simply crushing the leaves and then applying directly to the required area.
This amazing Aussie Tree and the oil it produces has been assisting and used for hundreds of different reason and conditions.
It is often used in ointments, creams, soaps, lotions, and shampoos. Not to mention it can be a remedy for Dandruff, Athlete's foot, Nail fungus, Vaginitis, Thrush, Boils, Lice, Eczema, Psoriasis and is commonly used as a general antiseptic.
Is bad breath posing a problem? Tea Tree Oil can again be used to help stop bad breath. (Consult a a professional is any health problem persists). In fact many oral products like toothpaste actually contain tea tree oil?
Some have been known to mix it with water and use it as a mouthwash, as its antifungal and antiseptic qualities are able to kill fungi and bacteria that feed on food particles left in the mouth. Is it safe?
The product is one hundred percent natural and it is environmentally friendly. However Tea Tree oil can also cause allergies in some people, but the chance of this happening is said to be low. Occasionally some people may react with common pure tea tree oil, so it is best to dilute it when used even then it can cause some irritation.
It should not be used when pregnant or breastfeeding, and as with any natural products, care should be taken when using raw Tea Tree Oil and professional medical advice sought if in doubt.
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