Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil Uses Explained

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The way in which the tea tree oil manages to combat scalp ailments is simple.  The uses of tea tree oil for hair are many, it has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, due to its chemical composition. In regards to its uses in dermatology, tea tree shampoo has been shown to act even against certain antibiotic-resistant infections, and it has gained the admiration and respect of many dermatologists worldwide, which is why it’s necessary for us to talk about pure Australian tea tree oil uses.

In a study conducted in Australia in 2001, and subsequently published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, it was shown that “using several different methods, this study has illustrated that tea tree oil has fungicidal activity. Few previous studies have comprehensively investigated the activity of tea tree oil against dermatophytes and filamentous fungi” (K. A. Hammer, C. F. Carson, and T. V. Riley)

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In another study conducted by the same Australian researchers two years earlier, it was found that tea tree is on par with the medical anti-fungal agents such as Ketoconazole, Econazole, and Miconazole. While the report was careful to add that nothing was confirmed 100%, it goes on to say that “most tea tree oil products contain 5 to 10% tea tree oil, and this is likely to be adequate for clinical use.” That research had confirmed previous studies that were conducted several years earlier by researchers in Germany, on the effects of tea tree oil against pathogenic fungi.

In another study, conducted in Germany in 2002 – a study that specifically targeted the dandruff-inducing and seborrheic dermatitis-inducing Malassezia fungus -- the following was stated:

“All tested strains showed remarkably high susceptibility to tea tree oil. With these results the excellent antibacterial activity of tea tree oil is extended to a new group of fungal pathogens colonizing mainly mammals’ skin.” (Weseler A, Geiss HK, Saller R, Reichling J.)

The authors go on to say that due to their success in the field, they have no doubt that the data they have obtained will open up new horizons with tea tree oil treatments in warm-blooded animals as well as humans.

As far as dermatology and microbiology are concerned, tea tree oil and its effects are best summed up the words of the aforementioned Australian researchers who published a lengthy review of their work in a 2006 edition of Clinical Microbiology Reviews.

Tea Tree Oil: The Results Are In!

Pale burning in bonfire.

In ancient times, tea tree oil was purified through fire.

“Many report significant improvement while taking complementary and alternative medicines. Unfortunately, the medical profession has been slow to embrace these therapies, and good scientific data are still scarce. However, as we approach the “post-antibiotic era” the situation is changing. A wealth of in vitro data now supports the long-held beliefs that TTO has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.”

They go on to say that more clinical trials are needed in order to cement tea tree oil’s place in the minds of physicians, and in the guidebooks of modern medicine.

Ancient societies and kingdoms, who knew the power of tea tree oil, used it for a variety of symptoms and conditions. Among the many uses of tea tree oil over the centuries, it was used (traditionally and theoretically) for and as an:

Tea Tree: Anti-Fungal, Pro Healing

Anti-inflammatory, antifungal (general), antimicrobial, antioxidant, anxiety, body odor, boils, bone diseases (osteomyelitis), bruises, burns, canker sores, contraction cessation (stopping labor contractions), corns, food preservation (lettuce), immune function, impetigo (bacterial skin infection), inflammatory skin conditions, insect bites and stings, insecticidal (dust mites), lung inflammation, melanoma (type of skin cancer), muscle and joint distress, prostate inflammation, root canal treatment, scabies (itchy skin from mites), solvent, ulcers, upper respiratory tract infections.

As the Australian researchers said, there is not enough clinical data to fully support tea tree oil’s role in the treatment of these (and many other) maladies. “If stable, biologically active formulations of TTO are going to be developed, much remains to be done.”

So, yes, there is a lot to be done in the realm of diseases such as cancer and immune function, but managing and/or eliminating dandruff is something which tea tree oil can probably help out with.