Nature provides us with a bounty of time-tested remedies. Tea tree oil has been used by aboriginal Australians for centuries to treat coughs and colds and as a topical treatment for wounds and skin conditions.
Tea tree oil is made from the leaves of the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) which is native to Australia. Scientific inquiry has found that tea tree oil has a number of beneficial properties including antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic.
Tea tree oil should never be ingested or swallowed. Most topical treatments are diluted with an oil base or with another essential oil such as lavender.
Here are eight ways to use tea tree oil as a natural remedy.
Colds and flu. Tea tree oil can lessen the symptoms of colds and flu by putting a few drops in hot water and inhaling the vapors. It also loosens chest congestion.