What Oil Can Cure Nearly Any Ail?
This oil is the antidote to bacteria, fungus, inflammation and certain viruses, and it is extracted from the leaves of a tree hailing from Australia. As miraculous and rare as this oil may sound, chances are you’ve heard of it and may have even used it.
Ok, I’ll end the suspense…it’s melaleuca oil, more commonly known by its other moniker, tea tree oil. It is an essential oil used in skin care for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Should you be using tea tree oil? Read on and determine for yourself.
What It Is
Tea tree oil is an essential oil used in early history by people in eastern Australia as a remedy for coughs, colds, wound healing and other skin ailments. The commercial tea tree oil industry was born in the 1920s after a researcher published a series of papers noting its antimicrobial activity (aka…its ability to kill disease-causing microbes).
Tea tree oil contains more than 98 compounds, however cineole and terpinen are primarily responsible for the medicinal effects of the oil. Aside from its beneficial uses in skin care, it’s also used in dentistry, deodorants, soaps, and mouthwashes for it’s antiseptic properties.
How It Works and Where to Find It
So, should you be using tea tree oil? It undoubtedly helps remedy a number of skin conditions from acne to cold sores to fungal infections and inflammation. As I noted earlier, this essential oil comprises antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities, and chances are you will benefit from incorporating it into your skin care repertoire.
It even helps, when used in lip guards, to invigorate, freshen, heal, and keep the lips bacteria-free. When used in toner formulas, it obviously helps keep acne and bacteria at bay, and also balances the skin after cleansing and shaving, which helps reduce ingrown hairs and razor bumps.