I’ve mentioned before that we love to use essential oils. There are so many to choose from and their benefits are endless.
Today I wanted to share a little bit about number one use for Tea Tree Oil.
Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca, is an oil extracted mainly from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant but can also be extracted from other Melaleuca species. The Melaleuca alternifolia is native to Australia and its oil has been widely used there for over one hundred years.
Tea Tree Oil is well known for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral powers.
Contrary to what its name suggests, Tea Tree Oil is not a tea, should not be consumed, and should only be used topically. Ingesting Tea Tree Oil has been known to cause confusion, drowsiness, hallucinations, severe intestinal discomfort, diarrhea, vomiting, coma and other serious side effects.
With that being said, however, its topical uses are countless and its benefits are phenomenal
For several years, Mr. SBF has had an ongoing battle with eczema on his right leg. Depending on how severe the flare-up is, it can cover the area around the outside of his ankle to the whole shin and calf.
When the symptoms and rash first began to appear, we treated it with various creams and rash ointments but to no avail. In fact, with each new cream, the rash seemed to spread and to get worse.
I did some research on the causes of eczema and studies suggest that eczema can be due to something in the diet (mainly, too much dairy and/or too much sugar). So, he made some dietary modifications so that he wasn’t eating as much dairy or sugar. But there was still no improvement.
So, I went back to the internet and did some more research. Other than genetics, the only thing that seemed to be left was stress. In some cases, stress can cause breakouts of eczema. Well, that certainly made sense because, at the time of the initial breakout, he was under extreme stress at his job. In fact, the eczema was so severe that at one point, his skin was so inflamed that it cracked and bled. All the while, we were searching for something that would help to relieve the discomfort as well as to heal it.
After three years of battling this crud, Mr. SBF finally went to work someplace else. I’d love to say that this cured the eczema but it didn’t. However, with a less stressful job, the eczema did subside a bit. The inflammation lessened and the cracks began to heal. Around that time, I read about the healing qualities of Tea Tree Oil and we decided to give it a try. I mixed a few drops with some coconut oil and he applied it to his leg two to three times per day. Much to our relief, the eczema began to subside! He used the ointment for several weeks and the cracks healed completely and the dry, itchy patches went away. All that remained was some redness in the places where the eczema had been the worst. The only thing Mr. SBF didn’t like about my homemade ointment was the fact that coconut oil is so, well, oily. It does eventually absorb into the skin, but he didn’t have the time (or wasn’t willing-haha) to wait around every morning for the oil to absorb into his skin before getting dressed for work.
So I did a little digging around on the internet and found a great line of products called TheraTree (available through Amazon) which contains Tea Tree Oil and other natural ingredients. I ordered the therapeutic balm and lotion. He began applying those every day and noticed an increase in the skin’s smoothness and return to normalcy. For the past year, he has been using these products daily to maintain the health of his skin and I am happy to report that there have no more eczema flare-ups since using the Tea Tree Oil and TheraTree products.
Tea Tree Oil is truly an amazing thing! Its benefits are countless but this just happens to be our top use for Tea Tree Oil. We are firm believers in the use of essential oils and have reaped the benefits of so many of them.
How about you? Have you benefited from the use of essential oils? We would love to hear your number one use for Tea Tree or any other essential oil!
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**The information provided in this post is the personal opinion and experience of the author. We are not healthcare professionals.