Hi there, I’m David. I started this site to sing the praises of Tea Tree Oil because myself and my family have made good use of this special oil over many years.
Tea Tree Oil is a remarkable substance. It is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea from the leaves of the tree growing on the southeast Australian coast.
Tea Tree Oil is particularly effective for any form of skin infection, such as acne, fungal nail infections, athlete’s foot and ringworm.
It can aid healing for any skin injury, such as cuts and abrasions, insect bites and stings. Its natural antiseptic qualities will help stop any infection.
Tea Tree Oil has acquired a reputation for being a comprehensive remedy for a whole range of different conditions. A number of studies have been conducted to prove the benefits of Tea Tree Oil for health ailments, such as:
- Acne – A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that Tea Tree Oil and benzoyl peroxide both had a significant effect in helping patients’ acne. Although Tea Tree Oil was slower, it caused fewer side effects than benzoyl peroxide.
- Fungal infections – A study published in the journal Tropical Medicine and International Health found that treating toenail onychomycosis with 2% butenafine and 5% Tea Tree Cream cured 80 percent of patients.
- Bacterial infections – A 2004 study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) found that the oil may be used as treatment for wounds, and may even help treat severe infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
My family has used a number of Tea Tree products to great effect. I once used it to treat a toenail fungal infection and the improvement was rapid. Other cures for that condition had proved ineffectual.
My wife once suffered from a nasty insect bite that was very slow in healing. Regular application of the oil finally succeeded in clearing it up.
There are more than 100 different components in Tea Tree Oil, but it consists mostly of terpene hydrocarbons: monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and their alcohols.
Light, heat, exposure to air, and moisture can affect the oil’s stability, so it needs to be kept in an airtight container and stored in a cool, dark place.
I will talk more about the different products that are available. The number of these has grown significantly in recent years but care needs taking to get the most effective brand.