The Healing Qualities of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is well known for is antibacterial qualities, making it a popular alternative remedy for general scrapes, cuts and burns, and for treating conditions like acne. But there is more to tea tree oil than its antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil has powerful anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and is effective at stimulating the immune system, making it a rare natural essential oil and an ideal option for Rosacea sufferers.
Tea tree oil’s antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities make the oil a perfect natural option for cleaning skin affected by Rosacea, while its anti-inflammatory properties can help calm irritated skin. In fact, while tea tree oil may take a little longer than synthetic products to work, it ultimately results in less itching, scaling and irritation.
Simply apply tea tree oil to the affected areas with a clean cotton ball using a gentle dabbing motion (don’t rub the skin). If you find that using 100% oil to be irritating, reduce the potency by making a 50/50 solution (50% oil and 50% purified water). The oil has a clean antiseptic smell (like pine) and leaves no oily residue.
Is Tea Tree Oil Right for You?
Tea tree oil is derived from the tea tree plant native to Australia. The oil is extracted from the leaves using the process of steam distillation. Tea tree oil cannot be reproduced in the lab, making this essential oil a pure product of nature with no synthetic or chemical substitutes.
In recent years tea tree oil has become increasingly popular as an antimicrobial agent and has also been demonstrated to possess anti-inflammatory properties. As with any new product used on sensitive and irritated skin like that associated with Rosacea, make sure you are not allergic to the product before using it. Occasionally, people may have allergic reactions to tea tree oil, ranging from mild contact dermatitis to severe blisters and rashes. Test a small area of skin over a 48 hour period to determine your tolerance of the product.
If you decide to try tea tree oil to treat your symptoms of Rosacea, be sure to purchase a quality product. Make sure the product you select is 100% tea tree oil – tea tree oil that isn’t pure could cause your Rosacea to flare up even more. Tea tree oil is available at most drugstores, natural food stores, vitamin and herbal stores and over the Internet.
Always read and follow the directions on the bottle before using. Tea tree oil should not be taken internally, even in small quantities. Don’t use tea tree oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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