Since the cold season is already here, there is a high chance that you are either suffering from a cold or you have already been through one.
Essential tea tree oil is known as one of the most powerful natural antibiotics. Its anti-microbial and antiseptic properties were discovered sometime during 1930. While the Second World War was in full motion, tea tree oil was utilized as an antiseptic agent for the treatment of wounds and other skin affections caused by infections. It was also a great anti-microbial agent for sterilizing bandages.
The aboriginal tribes from Australia utilized the leaves of these plants for medicinal purposes. They used these herbs, which contain a powerful essential oil, by inhaling them to treat a cough, the common cold, sore throat and nasal congestions.
Tea tree essential oil also has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It also stimulates and enhances the immune system. It is incorporated in many medicinal and cosmetic products used for the treatment of infections, respiratory conditions as well as severe acne.
How to use it safely
Warning: tea tree essential oil should be used only externally. Under no circumstances should it be used internally, because its toxic nature will affect the delicate tissues of the throat and stomach. If it’s accidentally ingested, it could cause nausea, vomiting, delirium or even induce the person into a coma state.
Therefore, here are a few methods to utilize tea tree oil safely:
- When it comes to respiratory conditions, such as the common cold, rhinitis, sinusitis or other related infections of the sinuses, tea tree essential oil could be used by inhaling it.
- In the case of rhinitis and sinusitis, instead of using hot water, you can use herbal tea. Fill a bowl with hot water (not boiled), and add 2 or 3 drops of tea tree essential oil. Position your head above the bowl and cover it with a towel. Inhale the hot vapors for a few minutes. Do this 2 or 3 times per day. If the therapy is too strong, end it immediately.
- Another method of utilizing this oil is by massaging it on the affected area. In the case of adults, combine 2 drops of tea tree essential oil with 1 teaspoon of vegetal oil. For kids, use only 1 drop of tea tree essential oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of vegetal oil (which could be made out of sunflower, coconut, almonds, olives, etc.). Massage the areas where the sinuses, temples, and the chest are located.
Other essential oils that are just as efficient as the one presented in this article are those containing mint, eucalyptus, rosemary or lavender. This remedy is used in traditional medicine, and its efficiency was not confirmed by mainstream scientific studies.
Counter-indications and precautions
Warning! These essential oils should not be utilized in a concentrated state, but only after diluting them with vegetal oil. Essential oils should never be applied to the skin undiluted because they can do significant damage to your skin.