There are a few natural health remedies I love to get when I’m in down under. Besides stocking up on Manuka Honey and propolis (since I can’t be in New Zealand), I would make sure I stock up on tea tree oil, an essential oil extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia.
My son doesn’t like the woody scent but I love it to the core! Tea tree is known for its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, insecticidal, and immune stimulant properties. When used as a natural remedy, the essential oil steam distilled from its leaves and twigs to treat range of ailments like cold, sores, acnes and even whooping cough. It also combats skin infections, insect bites, and minor wounds and is a remedy for oral infections.
No matter where I am, I always have a bottle of tea tree oil in my skincare pouch. Tea tree oil can be used directly without any carrier oil. It can be used undiluted as it is non toxic, non-irritating. It is ideal to perform a patch test your skin before using it.
I find it great for insect bites. Previously, in my workplace where I was working to sell my timeshare , I was bitten by some bugs and a few applications of tea tree had helped to clear it! Rubbing it on to scalp will help in getting rid of nits, dandruff and lice. Fights viruses, bacteria, fungi thereby boosting the immune system to ward off infectious disease. It is extremely effective when used undiluted on wounds, minor cuts and insect bites. It cures the affected area by penetrating the skin and leaving no scars. Those with acne problems should dab the oil on the pimple and it will soon clear up fast.
Those with respiratory troubles can find this helpful. Inhalation of few drops of this oil is a great relief for persistent colds, flu, toothache, and cough. A dab of tea tree oil around your nose will open up clogged nose soothing sinuses. With so many benefits, you can now understand this healing oil is one of my favourite natural health remedies!