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The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil has long been used in traditional medicine, and it is one of the most remarkable and versatile of chemicals. What makes tea tree oil unique is that it is effective against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Few other substances share this important distinction.

The tea tree, from which tea tree oil derives its common name, is native to Australia, and the indigenous peoples of the region have traditionally used the oil to treat a number of skin conditions, from eczema to acne to cuts and bruises.

Many of the most valuable uses of tea tree oil have to do with the skin. Tea tree oil is used in many acne preparations, and it can reduce the redness, swelling and lesions often associated with this common skin condition. In addition, tea tree oils can be highly effective at treating dandruff. Some dandruff sufferers prefer to add a few drops of concentrated tea tree oil to their favorite shampoo, and many report that the results are just as good as using a more expensive dandruff shampoo.

The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of tea tree oil are well known also, and tea tree oil is often used to treat burns, cuts, insect bites, wounds and infections. In addition, tea tree oilís antifungal properties make it a favorite for treating ringworm, athleteís foot and many other common fungal diseases.

Tea tree oil is known to have significant antiviral properties as well, and there is at least anecdotal evidence that it may be effective against many infectious diseases, including colds, flu, chicken pox and shingles, as well as cold sores and warts.

When using tea tree oil it is important to remember that the concentrated oil is very strong. It is important never to use large amounts of the concentrated oil, and not to treat sensitive areas with the concentrated oil.

Tea tree oil is used in a wide variety of preparations, from creams and ointments to shampoos and astringents. It is important for each consumer to shop around carefully in order to find the most effective preparation of this powerful plant.

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