Tea Tree Oil Research Report

Tea Tree plant and a droplet of oilTea Tree Oil - Uses and benefits of Melaleuca Oil

Researched and Written by Brenda Templin

This Research Report is on Melaleuca's flagship product, Melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil.

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Introduction to Tea Tree Oil and Milestones of Scientific Evidence

Here's a good introduction to Tea Tree Oil.

This article, Essential Oils With High Antimicrobial Activity For Therapeutic Use, originally appeared in The International Journal of Aromatherapy, 8(4):30-40.DOI:10.1016/S0962-4562(98)80079-9

Tea Tree Oil as an Acne Treatment, Shampoo, Antiseptic, Antibacterial, and Fungicide
The article 20 Great Uses For Tea Tree Oil, lists some specific applications for using melaleuca oil to alleviate a variety of conditions.

In the Positive Health article, Tea Trees and Their Therapeutic Properties, Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine Research Associate Anitra C. Carr, Ph.D. report that tea tree oil is active against all three categories of infectious organisms: bacteria, viruses and fungi.

A Variety of Specific Conditions Respond Well to Oil of Tea Tree

Various Applications for tea tree oil:

Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. recommends using tea tree oil in the Home Health article Tea Tree Oil.

Also, here is his fact sheet on Tea Tree Oil.

(Dr. Andrew Weil is a leader in the integration of Western medicine and the exploding field of alternative medicine. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he teaches at the University of Arizona in Tucson, specializing in alternative medicine, mind/body interactions and medical botany. He is the founder of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, where he is training a new generation of physicians.)

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Tea Tree Oil For Suture Wounds article. (This article was reprinted from Midwifery Today E-News Vol 1 Issue 44, Oct 29, 1999. Midwifery Today has produced and published several books, offers numerous educational aids, and presents domestic and international annual conferences. Their goal is to actively promote midwifery everywhere in the world.)

Related Medical Journal Abstracts and Scientific Studies
Ongoing research by the Department of Microbiology at The University of Western Australia Since the early 1990s, research on the medicinal properties of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil) has been conducted by a group of scientists in the Department of Microbiology at The University of Western Australia. The primary aim of the group is to investigate and characterize the medicinal properties of tea tree oil, in particular the antimicrobial properties. So far the group has shown that melaleuca oil has broad-spectrum in vitro antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity. While the in vitro work is continuing, in vivo studies have commenced. These studies are critical if melaleuca oil is to be accepted as a topical antimicrobial agent.

Tea tree oil in the treatment of tinea pedis. Tinea Pedis is the clinical term for athlete's foot.

A comparative study of tea-tree oil versus benzoylperoxide in the treatment of acne

1998 William J. Stickel Bronze Award. Antifungal activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea-tree) oil against various pathogenic organisms

Antifungal activity of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil) against pathogenic fungi in vitro

Antimicrobial effects of tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) on oral microorganisms

Percutaneous treatment of chronic MRSA osteomyelitis with a novel plant-derived antiseptic

Antiviral activity of Australian tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil against herpes simplex virus in cell culture

Terpinen-4-ol, the main component of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil), suppresses inflammatory mediator production by activated human monocytes

Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil inhibits germ tube formation by Candida albicans

Efficacy of melaleuca oral solution for the treatment of fluconazole refractory oral candidiasis in AIDS patients

The mode of antimicrobial action of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil)

Antimicrobial effects of tea-tree oil and its major components on Staphylococcus aureus, Staph. epidermidis and Propionibacterium acnes

In-vitro activity of essential oils, in particular Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and tea tree oil products, against Candida spp

In Vitro Susceptibilities of Lactobacilli and Organisms Associated with Bacterial Vaginosis to Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil

Time-kill studies of tea tree oils on clinical isolates

Tea tree oil appears to stimulate the immune system, as shown in this abstract:
Biological activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) oil component, terpinen-4-ol, in human myelocytic cell line HL-60

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