Commonly called tea tree, the tea tree is a shrub native to Australia. It is part of the Myrtaceae family and its scientific name is Melaleuca alternifolia. It is a tree that can reach 7 meters in height and it is easily recognizable thanks to the needle shape of its leaves. The latter are, moreover, very rich in essential oil. In addition, several studies demonstrate healing properties associated with tea tree.
What are the health benefits of tea tree?
In phytotherapy, the therapeutic virtues of the tea tree no longer need to be proven. For several decades, several civilizations have used it to prevent, even cure, all kinds of diseases.
It is particularly known for its anti-infective properties. It has the capacity to be able to cure the affections of viral, bacterial and parasitic origin. Thanks to its antifungal effect, tea tree is also used for the treatment of fungal infections, but also gynecological and urinary infections.
Additionally, a tea tree treatment is indicated in the following cases:
- Disorders of the skin, nails and hair
- Otorhinolaryngology or ENT infections
- Digestive disorders
- Blood circulation problems
- Weakening of immune defenses
- Psychic troubles
What are the different pharmaceutical forms of tea tree?
Essential oil is the most popular form of use of tea tree in herbal medicine. However, it is also found marketed in the form of a gel, cream, lotion or gargle solution.
How to use it ?
Tea tree can be used both internally and externally.
- Mouthwash and Gargle Solution
This form of use is recommended for cleanse the oral and pharyngeal flora. It helps relieve throat irritation in case of flu or cough. Mouthwashes, on the other hand, help prevent and cure severe chronic gingivitis.
Being very highly concentrated, the essential oil must be diluted in vegetable oil or cosmetic products before being used. The mixture obtained can be used as a massage oil to treat skin infections and to combat fatigue. It is particularly recommended in the treatment of fungal infections of the feet. Diluted in shower gels or cosmetic creams, tea tree essential oil also helps to promote the healing of wounds and soothe skin irritations after a radiotherapy session.
Furthermore, thetea tree essential oil can be administered orally. This mode of administration is especially recommended to treat digestive disorders. It is advisable to use a neutral medium such as tablets.
What are the precautions for using tea tree?
It should only be used under the recommendation of a healthcare professional. Its use, although beneficial for health, is not without risks. Essential oil, for example, can cause the skin to dry out. Without medical advice, it is also not recommended for children and pregnant women under 3 months.