© tangopaso – Wikimedia Commons Find out more about the tea tree Table of Contents The Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is up to ten meters high, evergreen tree of the myrtle family (Myrtaceae). His home is Australia, where he is preferred to find in coastal wetlands. In addition, the tea tree is grown for commercial purposes in large plantations – mainly in Australia, but also in countries such as Africa, South America and India. Characteristic of the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca and all other species) is the paper-like, white bark. The leathery, pointed lanceolate and sometimes sickle-shaped leaves sitting on the branches opposite pairs. The numerous white flowers are in brush-like inflorescences. The flowers protrude bunch of conspicuously long stamens, serve the fertilization of the flowers. Presumably there were the British explorers, James Cook and the botanist Dr. Joseph Banks, the Australian tea tree gave its name in the 18th century. They watched as Australian aborigines (Aborigines) from the leaves an infusion prepared and applied Deten it medicinally.
The healing powers of music have been explored in more detail over the centuries. back to contents Which healing power is in Tea Tree? The leaves contain an essential oil, the so-called tea tree oil. It has several ingredients that will define the therapeutic effect. As a main component having about 40 percent applies terpinen-4-ol. Furthermore, α-terpinene, cineole, α-terpineol, α- and contain β-pinene, myrcene, α-Phellandren, linalool, sesquiterpenes and monoterpenes. These ingredients are effective against inflammation, bacteria, viruses and fungi. Although no regulatory drug approval for tea tree oil is present, it is used thanks to years of experience and scientific research results with the following complaints: Mild to moderate acne (acne vulgaris) Folliculitis (folliculitis, boils, carbuncles) Herpes simplex infection (such as cold sores) Fungal skin infections (mycoses)
warts Burns and other wounds colds muscle strain back to contents How to use tea tree? The essential oil is used externally. In the cosmetics industry, it is common ingredient of creams or ointments. Tea tree oil is also very popular in aromatherapy. Depending on what symptoms are treated, the oil is diluted or used undiluted. Before use, however, a skin compatibility test should be carried out at the elbow. Acne: The essential oil is used to treat acne in the ratio 1: 1 preferably mixed with almond oil and applied once daily to the skin. Alternatively, five to ten percent are gels or ointments on the basis of tea tree.
Are they well tolerated, can be rubbed into the affected area up to three times a day so. Folliculitis: Few, undiluted drops of tea tree can be applied every three to four hours to relieve bacterial hair follicle inflammation. Herpes simplex: Tea tree oil can with cold sores undiluted (with corresponding compatibility) or diluted (in the ratio 1: 1 with, for example, almond oil) are applied. applied several times a day to inhibit the essential oil the further spread of herpes and reduces itching. When a herpes simplex infection in the genital area, the oil should be used exclusively diluted. Fungal skin infections: One can apply undiluted tea tree oil gently to the affected areas two to three times a day a few drops. Also for nail fungus, the essential oil is applied. Warts: Will you proceed with tea tree oil to treat warts, it can be either undiluted or diluted in a ten-percent alcoholic solution apply. It is applied two to three times a day on the warts. Wounds: The essential oil should never directly, but only on the edge of wounds or burns and are applied only in the form of ten percent creams or ointments. The application can be switched up twice a day. Colds: When colds can inhale diluted tea tree oil or rub a few drops of oil on the chest. In addition, the diluted oil relieves (never undiluted) as a mouthwash mucosal inflammation in the mouth, throat and sinuses, and tonsillitis.
back to contents What side effects can cause tea tree? The topical application of tea tree can (etc. pain, itching, burning, redness) cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. This is especially true when the oil used has been stored for too long or wrong. Please test the oil before applying the elbow. If at this point the skin Tea Tree Oil well tolerated, there is nothing against its further use. Tea tree oil should not be used, not used internally. Possible side effects are otherwise example drowsiness and coordination problems (especially in children). back to contents What should you consider when applying tea tree The essential oil should contain at least 30 percent terpinene-4-ol for a secured action. So buy quality products.
Tea tree oil should not come into contact with eyes, ears or broken skin (such as burns). There are so far no studies whether the use of tea tree in pregnancy and lactation is unobjectionable. The findings on the use in children under 12 years are insufficient. Ask therefore a precaution your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using the herbal remedy during pregnancy, lactation or in children under 12 years. Do not use more if it has exceeded the expiration date, the essential oil or has been stored incorrectly. Otherwise, increasing the risk of side effects. Therefore, store always protected from light tea tree oil, cool and dry. back to contents To get tea tree and its products In pharmacies and drugstores cosmetic products based on tea tree as well as the pure essential oil are available. Pharmacists can also mix together corresponding ointments, creams or solutions – tailored to the individual needs of the customer. For the correct application of tea tree and its products inform yourself about the respective package insert or ask your doctor or pharmacist. back to contents
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