Six Uses of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has several health/medicinal uses. Tea tree oil is used as topical application only and should not be consumed orally, because of its toxicity if consumed orally. Applied over skin it may induce dermatitis in some people and limits its use in them. But for others tea tree oil is safe for use on skin surface for medicinal purpose.

Use of tea tree oil for halitosis:

Bad breath is a common oral health problem, in fact bad breath or halitosis is the third commonest cause of visit to a dentist. Tea tree oil in mouthwash is used as remedy for bad breath. However, it should not be swallowed, as tea tree oil is toxic if taken by mouth. Currently there are not enough clinical trials to prove the effectiveness of tea tree oil for halitosis.

Tea tree oil for lice (pediculiasis):

There are some studies, which show that tea tree oil (alone or in combination with other medications) may be useful in treating lice infestation. But further studies are required to know the exact picture.

Tea tree oil for genital herpes:

Tea tree oil is active against certain viruses (as seen in laboratory studies) and useful in managing genital herpes. Further studies are required to confirm the effectiveness of tea tree oil for genital herpes.

Tea tree oil for gingivitis:

Studies have shown that tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties and useful in inflammation of gums (gingivitis) and plaques. For this purpose tea tree oil is used as mouthwash.

Tea tree oil for oral thrush/candidiasis:

Thrush or oral candidiasis is caused by fungus candida albicans. Tea tree oil has been found to kill fungus in laboratory studies. Tea tree oil containing mouthwash can be used for treatment of oral candidiasis, but it should not be swallowed, as tea tree oil is toxic if swallowed.

Tea tree oil as antiseptic:

There are reports that tea tree oil has antiseptic property. Laboratory reports suggest that tea tree oil is effective against MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) and it can be used as ointment for nose infection and as body wash for cleaning skin to treat bacterial colonies, especially colonies that have methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus.

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