Therapeutic Uses of Tea TreeSkin infections (fungal and bacterial)
Sometimes called the wonder from down under, the oil of Australia’s tea tree is unrivaled as an antiseptic. Two of tea tree oil’s compounds have been shown to inhibit the growth of many bacteria and fungi that cause human infections. They act to kill bacteria and fungi by disrupting cell membrane permeability and hampering cell metabolism.
virtual office jakarta timur .adv - Tea tree oil also may act against viruses, such as herpes and yeast infections, but it hasn’t been as well studied for these indications. It is being investigated for treating gingivitis (gum disease), for fighting halitosis (bad breath), and for reducing plaque in the mouth, presumably by altering the presence of certain bacteria. With the growth of virulent drug-resistant staphylococcus infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), researchers are turning to potent antibacterials such as tea tree oil for innovative treatments.
Tea tree oil has been studied extensively for its use in treating fungal infections. The formulation and concentration of the oil are important variables to consider when choosing the right product for a given use. For example, 25 percent tea tree oil in ethanol seems to work almost as well as pharmaceutical treatments for athlete’s foot infections, and this formulation also seems to limit the occurrence of adverse reactions, such as dermatitis, which often occur with higher concentrations of tea tree oil. It is difficult to treat toenail fungus with creams, but the use of tea tree oil added to antifungal creams may increase the cure rate.
How to UseEssential oil: Steam distillation of the leaves and small branches yields a potent essential oil containing germ-killing chemicals. Various concentrations of the oil are mixed with a base of desired consistency to create products for various conditions.
Cream or gel: Preparations of 5 percent tea tree oil control acne as effectively as a commonly used medication, benzoyl peroxide, and possibly with fewer side effects.
PrecautionsTea tree oil should never be taken internally; it can be toxic if ingested. Allergic reactions and contact dermatitis have also been documented. If redness, itching, or oozing develops after the topical application of tea tree oil, use should be discontinued and a health-care provider consulted.