Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil renowned for its many medicinal qualities and it has a long history of use in its native Australia. The oil is obtained from the leaves through steam distillation and aboriginals have used it for the treatment of cuts, infections and burns. They did this by crushing the leaves and then applied them direct to the area. Tea Tree oil has been found to have both antifungal and antiseptic qualities. Tea tree oil is easy to source from many retail outlets and through specialist aromatherapy websites.
Any good aromatherapy book will detail all of the positive aspects to using this oil for home use but tea tree oil is used for many conditions including the following:
- Athletes foot
- Head lice
Because more and more people are turning to the traditional ways of holistic treatments, tea tree oil is an essential oil which is likely to be found in many medicine cabinets because it is so useful for many traditional ailments.
It is worth noting however that Tea tree oil can cause skin irritation in some people and this can be in the form of blistering, itching and some redness, it should also never be taken internally. Pregnant women or those women who are breast feeding should also avoid using it.
Although essential oils have extremely positive benefits for most people, it is worth noting that there are always contra-indications associated with individual oils and checking these out prior to use is important so as to avoid any problems.
When purchasing any essential oils, it is vital that they are pure oils as this will dramatically affect the quality of the oil itself and of course the benefits. There are many cheaper qualities available but these oils will not provide the same results.
Aromatherapy is a fascinating holistic therapy which can improve health and relaxation of those who use it regularly. If planning a home first aid kit, make sure that Tea tree oil is high on the list.