Many products designed to handle the most common skin ailments contain chemicals that can irritate the skin along with handling the condition. Tea Tree Oil provides milder, natural help.
If you are one that enjoys perusing the vitamin and personal care aisles of your local organic grocery store, you have probably noticed tea tree oil or tea tree oil containing products. If you’ve ever tried them, you’ve experienced the refreshing, cleansing and cooling sensation they provide on contact. Not only does tea tree oil have these qualities, but it actually does handle a multitude of common skin irritations. Having some tea tree oil around can benefit women’s health in several ways.
‘Tea tree’ has a long history of use. It hails from Australia. The native peoples of Australia used the oils of the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds. They also used the leaves to treat wounds, skin ailments and sore throats. The correct name is actually ‘melaleuca oil’, as it is a paperbark (a tree characterized by a flaky, exfoliating bark) named the Melaleuca alterniflora that produces ‘tea tree’ oil, not an actual ‘tea tree’, or producer of tea. However, tea tree oil is the name that is commonly known and used.
Tea tree oil is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alterniflora. It does have antiseptic (infection preventing) and antifungal (fungal infection fighting) properties. It has been used as treatment for, and may help with, dandruff, yeast infection, thrush, acne, insect bites, boils and minor wounds, and bee stings. It can also be tried to soothe sunburn and poison ivy.
You may want to try tea tree oil as an acne treatment. Although we’re not teenagers any more, and don’t suffer from acute acne, the occasional blemish does happen. There are many chemical containing products out there that we can put on, but in addition to shrinking our pimple, they can also irritate the skin, causing itching and burning. Tea tree oil does not work as fast as most of these products, but it does heal acne naturally, without irritating the skin. It also has a cooling, soothing effect when applied.
Many mouthwashes and toothpastes contain tea tree oil, due to its use in treating bad breath, canker sores and gum disease. It’s important to note, however, that tea tree oil should not be taken internally, that is, you should not swallow it! It will have toxic effects. It is disputed right now whether tea tree oil causes re-productive hormone disruption, but better safe than sorry, right? Use in moderation or not at all on young, developing children or grandchildren until you have thoroughly researched the matter.
If you’re looking for a natural way to treat some of the most common skin ailments affecting women’s health and that of your more grown children and grandchildren, you may want to try tea tree oil as a refreshing alternative to the usual chemical skin salve.
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