Tea tree oil uses are numerous, and it has shown a lot of promise in the topical treatment of various infections and conditions.
The extract comes from the leaves and twigs of an Australian tree called Melaleuca alternifolia. It was used by native peoples to treat a variety of illnesses.
Tea tree oil uses have expanded over the years, and there is now tea tree oil lotion, shampoo, soap, deodorant, and many other topical products.
The active ingredient is called terpinin-4-ol, and this is where the powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties lie.
Today, there are hundreds of applications for this powerful extract. Tea tree oil lotion can be applied to wounds to fight infection. It is also useful to treat insect bites and stings.
Many people have used tea tree oil for bacterial vaginitis, as it is effective against a variety of vaginal infections such as candida and yeast. There are tea tree oil suppositories for this treatment.
Treating acne with tea tree oil has also yielded some promise, and was shown in a study to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide (found in many over the counter medications)
Some other uses for tea tree oil include treating toenails infected with fungus, as well as athlete's foot.
Although there isn't overwhelming evidence of its efficacy, there are many cases where tea tree oil has been beneficial in treating various conditions.
It shows the most promise in tea tree oil suppositories, as many women have experienced much success in using tea tree oil for bacterial vaginitis, yeast infections and other conditions.
Tea tree oil is considered safe, but some people may experience mild side effects such as rash, itching or skin irritation. Do not ingest tea tree oil lotion or other product - it is a topical meaning you apply it externally.
To learn about other natural herbs that may be effective in treating the various conditions that tea tree oil is used for, visit our Medicinal Herbs section.
As with all health supplements, make sure you consult your physician or other qualified medical professional before using tea tree oil for bacterial vaginitis or any other tea tree oil uses.