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Research on Tea Tree Oil

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The medicinal and health properties of tea tree has been known for many centuries through the knowledge of generations in native communities of Australia. More recently university studies have led us to further understand the benefits of this natural plant extract.

Tea tree oil has been a subject of much study among st scientists for many years. Extracted from the Melaleuca Tree, is indigenous to Northern Australia.

Arthur Penfold, a phytochemist became the curator of the Technological Museum in Sydney. He dedicated his life to studying volatile oils and the ir properties. Volatile oils are oils from plants. He did extensive research on tea tree oil and in 1923 discovered that tea tree oil was thirteen times stronger than carbolic acid. Carbolic acid at that time was a widely used disinfectant. Subsequently, in 1930 Arthur Penfold discovered the amazing the antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil. Much of the knowledge we know about tea tree oil can be attributed to Arthur Penfold’s work.

Research on tea tree oil still continues today. There are small studies being done by many scientists but one of the largest studies is being done by a resea ch group at the University of Western Australia. They’re conducting research to determine the extent of tea tree oil’s properties as an antimicrobial and an anticancer. The researchers have found that tea tree oil has many qualities to help battle different types of bacteria.

Some of the main topics of research include:

● How tea tree oil affects bacteria.

● Determining whether bacteria can become resistant to tea tree oil.

● Experimenting with the use of tea tree oil as a hand wash.

Recent studies have found that tea tree oil is effective in cleaning wounds and treating cold sores. Ongoing research is being conducted on whether tea tree oil is effective at treating MRSA, more commonly known as staph. Staph can occur if an infection occurs during surgery. There has been some evidence showing that tea tree oil can treat staph but more research needs to be done with a larger te st group.

Tea tree oil is also being studied as an anti-cancer. Researchers believe that tea tree oil can inhibit tumor cell growth. They’re still studying this possibility of how tea tree oil affects the tumor and how it may be used to treat cancerous tumors.

Tea tree oil has been an interesting topic of research in the past and present. While, currently there may not be any conclusions on certain studies. We do know that tea tree oil is beneficial as an antimicrobal and antibacterial agent. We hope that these ongoing studies will help determine other benefits of using this amazing volatile oil.



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