TEA TREE OIL information
Historical or traditional use:
Australian Aboriginals used the leaves to treat cuts and skin infections. They would crush the leaves and apply them to the affected area. Captain James Cook and his crew named the tree “tea tree,” using its leaves as a substitute for tea as well as to flavor beer. Australian soldiers participating in World War I were given tea tree oil as a disinfectant, leading to a high demand for its production.
The oil contains numerous chemicals known as terpenoids. Australian standards were established for the amount of one particular compound, terpinen-4-ol, which must make up at least 30% and preferably 40-50% of the oil for it to be medically useful. Another compound, cineole, should make up less than 15% and preferably 2.5% of the oil. The oil kills fungus and bacteria, including those resistant to some powerful antibiotics.
How much should I take?
Tea Tree Oil at a strength of 70-100% should be applied moderately in small areas at least twice per day to the affected areas of skin or nail. For topical treatment of acne, the oil is used at a dilution of 5-15%. Concentrations as strong as 40% may be used—with extreme caution and qualified advice—as vaginal douches.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
The oil should not be applied to broken skin or to areas affected by rashes not due to fungus. The oil may burn if it gets into eyes, the nose, mouth, or other tender areas. Some people have allergic reactions, including rashes and itching, when applying tea tree oil. For this reason, only a small amount should be applied when first using it. The oil should never be taken internally
Again we would like to remember you that only pure Tea Tree Oil of the best quality will lead to sure and effective therapeutic success.