Tea Tree Oil Benefits and Cautions

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Popularity of Essential Oils

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People use essential oils for alternative medicine. They are highly concentrated liquids made from the leaves, stems, petals, and other parts of plants. You dilute or diffuse them prior to use. Essential oils for aroma­therapy fill the air with pleasant scents.

An individual might spray sheets and blankets with the mist of essential oils. These essences are in soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and skincare products. Perhaps people gravitate to essential oils because the perceived value is in the name. They are essential, right?

Common Essential Oils
TypePurposeVarieties
CitrusBoost energy or use for cleaningLemon, citronella
Floral Relax or reduce anxietyJasmine, lavender, rose
Herba­ceousCalming effectChamomile, eucalyptus, tea tree
Cam­phora­ceousClear congestionCamphor, eucalyptus, laurel leaf
MintyEnergizing effectSpearmint, wintergreen, peppermint
SpicyIncrease energy and focusBasil, cinnamon, ginger

Tea tree oil contains chemicals that may kill bacteria and fungus. It can also reduce allergic skin reactions. This has moved manufacturers to make many claims without the support of scientific evidence. It is used for acne, eyelash mite infestation, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot. People use it to fight dandruff, lice, bad breath, and other conditions.

Essential oil bath
Essential oils have become a part of the skincare routine for both men and women.

Tea Tree Oil Cautions

Tea tree oil is a natural botanical ingredient that is easier to pronounce than other chemicals within shampoos. Lavender oil is another innocent sounding ingredient. But even natural ingredients can have side effects. J. Tyler Ramsey, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), warns that essential oils “possess a diverse amount of chemicals and should be used with caution because some of these chemicals are potential endocrine disruptors.

Tea tree oil danger

Tea tree oils have estrogenic (estrogen-like) properties and anti-androgenic (testosterone inhibiting-like) activities. A growing amount of transient male gynecomastia (“moobs”) cases coincide with topical exposure to lavender and tea tree. Fortunately, it appears that affects reverse after discontinuance of these two products.

Essential Oil Cautions

Essential oil

It’s possible that you may experience rashes, headaches, and other allergic reactions when using essential oils. There are many to investigate but neutral parties have no financial incentive to fund studies. Don’t be gullible. Just because you can pronounce an ingredient doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

Make sure you dilute the oil as instructed. Use diffusers only in a well-ventilated space. You might prefer to use aroma sticks or other aromatherapy accessories. Do not ingest the oils, which can cause vomiting or other toxic reactions. Continue to smell good. But also smell healthy.

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