It’s been a while since I’ve made any posts..but I’ve got a stack of them waiting to get on here so don’t worry, there’s LOTS of exciting stuff due to come but I need to make this one as it’s my new fave thing of the week…I started this on behalf of my hubby who has been moaning about mouth cleansing and how he wishes he could get the ‘fresh’ feel as opposed to the feeling like you need to schedule a hygiene for the 50th time in the year…It comes from our useless diets, poor overall human body maintanence and so much other rubbish that leaves our mouths feeling as sluggish as our whole bodies and general mouth washes tend to leave your mouth feeling ‘caggy’ after regular use so what can we do to perk up our breath and feel fresher?
Tea tree oil mouth rinse! That’s what!
It works SO well! I’ve been Oil pulling now for the past 2 months ever since I posted about the HUGE benefits and after doing this as a morning ritual, I have now started adding the tea tree mouth wash/gargle as part of the routine. It COMPLETELY leaves your mouth feeling incredible and not just for the first 5 minutes after cleaning, it lasts and lasts and as tea tree is a natural antiseptic and wonder of killing bacteria and fungus, it is such a winner!
Simply add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil into a cup of warm water and swill it around your mouth for a minute or so. DO NOT swallow. Your mouth will thank you for this as it is so refreshing! Not everyone is into the smell of Tea tree but I believe it is something that grows on you as now it represents such a clean and incredible thing to me I can’t get enough of it! Give it a try and I swear you’ll love it! FYI: If you are reading this and wanting tips on alternative aids for fresh breath, here are a few things you can try:
- Green tea – Drinking plenty of green tea is excellent for keeping breath fresh as the antioxidants called polyphenols that are present in the tea kill off a number of compounds that create oral bacteria.
- Mint and parsley – Super herbs in aiding fresh breath. Mint is an obvious one as it is the powering flavour that contributes to the fresh smell but parsley is also great! Chewing on sprigs of parsley is knows to kill the smell of garlic (though do pls note the benefits of garlic are so much stronger than the smell of it so please do not avoid consumption because garlic is incredible..also you sweat it through pores not through the mouth) but parsley also helps in reducing gastrointestinal gases that produce bad breath so it is a great solution. Other herbs include cloves, fennel and annise seeds.
- Flossing your teeth – EVERYONE should do this..It is a sin in so many ways not to! What presents smells in mouths doesn’t always come directly from the mouth it can be caused by stomach and bowel action and not flossing regularly causes a built up of germs that linger in the mouth and consequently other areas of the body. Flossing can also decrease the risk of heart attacks!
- Ease up on cheese, beer and coffee…these are the top things that contrinute to yacky mouth smells.
- Brush your tongue! Cleansing your mouth from as many germs as possible makes for a cleaner, fresher mouth!
As one that also likes to advocate the wonders of natural skin care, you’d think the amount I bang on about skin products and how to’s would mean my skin would be the image of perfection but far from it..the benefits of what I use obviously keep it as good as it naturally can be but throw in the time of the month and see how many chin spots appear..I swear people must wonder what I’m talking about half the time they see me whilst trying to promote the fantastical benefits of a certain skin cream and there’s me looking like a pimple factory but, who doesn’t get that from time to time? Tea tree oil for hormone spots is the ONLY thing that works at clearing effectively and quickly. Within a day or 2, however many nasties you get, they are totally gone!
So, there are just a few of the incredible benefits..want to find out more? Read on!
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Oil (also known as Melaleuca) is a natural antibacterial disinfectant that was commonly used as a general antiseptic by the aborigine tribes for thousands of years. More recently, the scientific community has confirmed that Tea Tree Oil has tremendous medicinal benefits. It is a light yellow oil that has a scent similar to nutmeg, and it is produced by steaming tea tree leaves and then squeezing the oil out.
What are the Benefits of Tea Tree Oil?
Tea Tree Oil has wonderful properties that makes it a popular natural agent for curing all three types of infectious organisms: fungus, bacteria, and virus. More importantly, it is known to effectively fight a number of infections that are resistant to some antibiotics. Therefore, Tea Tree Oil is an excellent natural remedy for hundreds of bacterial and fungal skin ailments such as acne, abscess, oily skin, blisters, sun burns, athlete’s foot, warts, herpes, insect bites, rashes, dandruff and other minor wounds and irritations.
Studies have shown that Tea Tree Oil also treats respiratory problems ranging from common sore throats, coughs and runny nose to severe conditions such as asthma, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. The anti-viral properties of the oil fight many common infectious diseases such as chicken pox, shingles and measles, flu, cold sores and verrucae. It also strengthens the body’s immune system, which is often weakened by stress, illness, or by the use of antibiotics and other drugs. It can also be used as a mouth wash, since it is highly effective in healing oral candidiasis (a fungal infection of mouth and throat).
Uses of Tea Tree Oil
A common use of Tea Tree Oil is as a natural Acne treatment.
Boils and Carbuncles
Tea Tree Oil has also been used for the treatment of Boils or Carbuncles.
Tea Tree Oil help treat toenail fungus infections. Simply apply 1 to 2 drops of the oil directly onto the infected toenails and rub it above and under the tip of the nail. Repeat this once per day.
Many people have also found that Tea Tree Oil can be used as a very effective treatment for Genital Warts.
Bad Breath, Inflamed Gums, and Plaque
Tea Tree Oil, when used as a mouth wash, acts as a natural cure for bad breath, oral candidiasis, gingivitis, plaque, and inflamed gums. It also kills mouth bacteria prior to dental surgery and also reduces mouth irritation that is often caused by dental procedures.
- Add 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil to a cup of warm water.
- Use the solution as a mouthwash two to three times daily.
- Always spit out the Tea Tree Oil mouthwash. Do not swallow it.
- You may also add 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil to toothpaste when brushing teeth.
Sore Throat and Congestion
Tea Tree Oil can be combined with a simple steam inhalation technique to naturally cure congestion, sore throat, chest infections, and clearing up mucus:
- Fill a large cooking pot or bowl with water.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Remove the pot from the stove and add 2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil into it.
- Cover your head with a towel and lean over the top of the bowl so that the long ends of the towel are hanging down at the two sides of the bowl.
- Inhale the vapors for about 5-10 minutes.
- Repeat the process each night before going to bed until symptoms are cured completely. If symptoms persist for more than 5 days it is best to consult your doctor.
Canker Sores and Laryngitis
Diluted in water, Tea Tree Oil is an effective treatment for canker sores and laryngitis:
- Add 3-4 drops of Tea Tree Oil to one cup of warm water.
- Gargle this solution twice daily. Do not swallow.
Dandruff and Lice
Studies have shown that shampoos with 5% of Tea Tree Oil can cure dandruff and help get rid of head lice.
Tea Tree Oil can also be used as an effective Home Remedy for Yeast Infection Treatment.
What are the Side Effects of Tea Tree Oil?
Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid the use of Tea Tree Oil.
Undiluted Tea Tree Oil can cause itchiness, irritation, and redness on sensitive skin. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, it is always safer to dilute the oil in another base oil such as olive oil.
Pure Tea Tree Oil should never be taken internally in its undiluted form. Extra care should be taken when using it near the eyes, genitals, or even as a mouthwash. If taken internally, Tea Tree Oil can result in diarrhea, vomiting, impaired immune function, excessive drowsiness, sleepiness, confusion, poor coordination, and even coma. If you notice any of these symptoms of overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
I hope this post has been helpful and that if you’re looking for a solution to anything tea tree oil can help to fix, that it proves to be as wonderful to you as it has been to me! Such a wonder oil in so many ways! Please spread the word! Any good quality Tea tree oil can be found in most pharmacies and drug stores and incredible skin care ranges that soley promote the uses of Tea tree can be found in high end yet affordable products from THE BODY SHOP. Really great for all skin types and perfect gifts!