22 Oct Why we use small amounts of Tea Tree Oil in our Alo Zone Oil.docx
Why do we add Tea Tree Oil to our Alo Zone Oil?
Tea tree oil has been used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for centuries.
These native Australians crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing.
Today, tea tree oil is widely available as a 100% undiluted or “neat” oil. Diluted forms are also available, ranging from 5–50% strength in products designed for the skin.
Terpinen-4-ol also appears to increase the activity of your white blood cells, which help fight germs and other foreign invaders (3).
These germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil a valued natural remedy for treating bacterial and fungal skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing.
Read on to learn about the many uses and benefits of this versatile oil.
- Hand Sanitizer.
Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural hand sanitizer.
Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness, including E. coli, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae (1).
Moreover, a study testing several types of hand wash shows that adding tea tree oil to the cleansers boosted their effectiveness against E. coli (4).
Here is a simple recipe to make your own moisturizing, all-natural hand sanitizer using tea tree oil.
SUMMARY: Using tree oil as a natural hand sanitizer may help kill a number of germs responsible for colds, flu and other illness.
- Antiseptic for Minor Cuts and Scrapes.
Injuries that result in broken skin make it easy for germs to enter your bloodstream, which can lead to infection.
Tea tree oil can be used to treat and disinfect minor cuts and abrasions by killing S. aureus and other bacteria that can cause infection in open wounds (1).
To disinfect a cut or scrape, follow these steps:
- Clean the cut thoroughly with plain soap and water
- Mix one drop of tea tree oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil
- Apply a small amount of the mixture to the injury and cover with a bandage
- Repeat this process once or twice daily until a scab has formed
SUMMARY: Applying a mixture of tea tree oil and coconut oil can help prevent minor cuts and abrasions from becoming infected.
- Boost Wound Healing.
In addition to preventing infection in cuts and abrasions, tea tree oil may also encourage wound healing.
In a small study of 10 people with wounds, adding tea tree oil to conventional wound treatment led to decreased healing time in all but one participant (9).
A few drops of tea tree oil added to our AloZone Oil on and added to a wound dressing each time a new dressing is applied, will aid for a uch faster healing time.
SUMMARY: Tea tree oil may help speed wound healing by reducing inflammation and increasing white blood cell activity.
4 Fights Acne.
In one study, applying a 5% tea tree gel to acne lesions was shown to be more than three times as effective in reducing the number of lesions than a placebo. It was nearly six times as effective in reducing severity (12).
In another study, tea tree oil was found to be as effective against acne as benzoyl peroxide, the most common anti-acne medication (13).
Tea tree oil-based acne gels can be purchased at natural grocery stores or from online retailers.
SUMMARY: Gels containing tea tree oil have been shown to reduce the number of lesions and severity of acne in a number of studies.
- Soothes Skin Inflammation.
Tea tree oil may help relieve inflamed skin.
A common form of skin irritation is contact dermatitis, which occurs when skin comes in contact with an allergen, such as nickel. Exposure to the allergen leads to red, itchy and sometimes painful skin.
In a study comparing the effects of different treatments for contact dermatitis, tea tree oil was found to reduce symptoms by 40%, which was significantly more than standard medications applied to the skin (22).
In addition, tea tree oil may provide relief from bug bite reactions by reducing the itching, redness and swelling that occurs when your body releases histamine to defend against the insect’s saliva (23).
SUMMARY:Applying a tea tree oil mixture may help combat skin inflammation related to contact dermatitis or insect bites.
6 Relief for those suffering from Psoriasis.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition characterized by outbreaks of red, itchy, scaly skin.
Although there are medications that can improve symptoms, the condition itself is chronic and there is no known cure.
Tea tree oil contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which, according to emerging evidence, may be helpful for easing psoriasis symptoms (29).
To provide relief for psoriasis flares, combine 10–15 drops of tea tree oil with two tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Apply this to the affected area 2–3 times per day, as needed.
SUMMARY:Applying a mixture of tea tree oil and coconut oil may help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis.
Cautions When Using Tea Tree Oil
Research has shown that tea tree oil appears to be safe overall (30).
However, there are some things to be aware of before using it.
Tea tree oil should not be ingested because it may be toxic if swallowed.
Therefore, tea tree oil should be stored out of reach of children.
Prior to using Alo Zone Oil for the first time and due to the small amount if tea tree oil present and if for the first time, test a drop or two of our oil/cream on a small area of your skin and wait 24 hours to see if any reaction occurs.
Likewise, people with sensitive skin may experience irritation when using undiluted tea tree oil. If your skin is sensitive, it’s best to mix tea tree oil with an equal or greater amount of olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil.
SUMMARY: Although tea tree oil is generally safe when used on adults’ skin, allergic reactions may occur in some people. Tea tree oil may be unsafe for children pets and those with ultra- sensitive skin.