tea tree oil
tea tree oil

Tea-tree oil or the Kayaputi taila is particularly an essential oil which is largely antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-proliferative et al. Most of these natural properties have been rendered to the oil by means of phytochemicals. Tea-tree oil is immensely beneficial and since long has been helpful in getting rid of various skin ailments, especially healing the topical wounds, cuts and the everyday wear and tear of the skin.


What is Tea-Tree oil or Kayaputi Taila?

Tea-tree oil is sourced from the lavish leaves of the evergreen Melaleuca tree. It is native to Australia, and has since long been in use, especially among the locals of the land. Terpinen-4-ol, which is one of the most active compounds found in tea tree oil, is mainly known for its anti-septic actions. Terpinen-4-ol, sourced from tea-tree oil, is one of the most commonly found ingredients in a variety of medicinal and cosmetic products, that aim to treat and take care of wounds. While it is natural, aromatic and extremely effective in nature, the tea tree oil significantly aids in speeding-up the process of wound repair and retrieval.


Amazing Wound Healing & Other Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

  • The tea-tree oil is recommended primarily for topical application, and is most effective when applied as it is.
  • Tea-tree oil or Kayaputi Taila is apt to be used against any kind of micro-organisms, especially those that are close to wounds and cuts, making them vulnerable to severe infections.
  • Not only this, the local application of the tea tree oil supports the natural process of tissue healing and regeneration, fights the infections, and also alleviates the probabilities of inflammation.
  • Tea tree oil prevents infections when applied to open wounds. The powerful antimicrobial properties contained in the tea tree oil are a big help when applied to the wounds, as the affected area is usually exposed to bacteria and fungi.
  • Another unique benefit of using tea tree oil to clean the wounds is that it provides with a supportive surface and assists in avoiding infection, works as excellent antiseptic and also enhances the healing potential.
  • Tea tree oil also helps in getting rid of dandruff, and as well preventing the occurrence and growth of periodontal diseases.
  • Many a times, its extract is also used for diffusing in the air so as to get rid of mosquitoes.


How to use Tea – Tree Oil?

The antiseptic formula of the tea-tree oil gently cleans and purifies the cut or wound. We can safely apply the tea tree oil directly onto the wound and do not always need to dilute this oil before application. But please note that this oil is really strong, and therefore, could sting when applied directly. It is therefore always a good idea to first clean the wound or the affected area with water, and then pour some two to three drops of this oil onto the cotton swab, and sweep across the wound, very slowly and gently.


Homemade Wound Ointment

At home the tea tree oil can be diluted and then used for local application. In this case, you may use a cup of hot water, and add some two to three drops of the essential oil. Now, soak some cotton into it, and then gently sweep it on and around the wound or cut. If the wound is minor, try to keep the area open and uncovered, since contact to air helps seal and heal the wound faster. Yet, in case the wound is of serious nature, you would need to use a medicated bandage to cover it, and dress it afresh every few hours. Either way, repeat the application of tea-tree oil about twice a day to ensure that the wound stays safe from infection.

Although, the benefits of using this essential oil are not limited to cuts and wound repair only, it is also used as supplement for the prevention of viral infections and cancerous tumors from growing and spreading.


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