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Tea Tree Oil and What It Can Do For Your Feet

Long ago, Australian aboriginals made use of the leaves of a native plant called melaleuca alternifolia for medicinal purposes. Tea tree oil is one of the essential oils and is harvested by steam distillation. During this time, the leaves were also used as a replacement for tea and this is how the oil got its name. The oil which is extracted from the leaves of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. Before there was knowledge of how to extract the oil, the leaves were crushed and then applied to cuts and burns of the skin as well as other infections.

 Tea tree oil is known to have antiseptic and antifungal qualities. A Very Powerful Remedy With its powerful ingredients, tea tree oil has many times been referred to as a “first aid kit in a bottle”. It can be used to help with acne, eczema, and psoriasis as well as boils of the skin. Many find it useful in the treatment and control of dandruff. As an antiseptic, it can be applied to cuts and burns. Some of the other ailments that may benefit from the use of tea tree oil are:

• The alleviation of the discomfort associated with sore and aching muscles. It is suggested to massage the oil into the area or to add a small amount to a bath tub of water and take a relaxing soak for an extended period of time.
• Discovering head lice is never thought of as anything other than an expensive nuisance. Over the counter remedies are very costly when the use of tea tree oil can prove to be just as effective and much more economical. One simply distributes the oil throughout the hair by using a comb. After completely saturated, allow the oil to remain on the hair for twenty minutes or if hair is longer or very thick allow for up to thirty minutes. Follow by washing and conditioning the hair as usual. Repeat this process again in 3-4 days to ensure lice have been eradicated.

Beneficial to the Feet

Some additionally wonderful benefits of tea tree oil are its ability to cure several types of organisms that are infectious such as bacteria, fungus, and virus. It may also cure certain infections that have built up immunity to many antibiotics. The oil is a very natural remedy for over one hundred fungal and bacterial conditions of the skin as with acne, oily skin, abscesses, warts, herpes, insect bites, rashes, and other tea tree oil uses as explained below:

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal disease of the feet. It thrives and grows in warm and moist areas such as between the toes. This fungus is very contagious and easily spread in public pools and showers. Tea tree oil should be applied two to three times each day until cured.
• Another foot ailment is toenail fungus. This infection usually enters at the tip of the toe and spreads to the nail bed. It can be treated with this oil by putting one or two drops on the infected nail and rubbing it in thoroughly. This remedy should be use each day until there are no signs of infection.
• After properly cleaning an abrasion, cut, or small wound, apply the tea tree oil to the area. This will speed the process of recovery and help in preventing infection.
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