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Inhaling Tea Tree Oil Fumes
Inhaling tea tree oil fumes has become quite common. That is why we undertook to wring this review on the topic.
Tea tree oil is a plant extract. It has a camphor-like odor and usually has a pale yellow or colorless appearance. Historically, patients have used it to treat a number of different problems. Commonly, patients have used it for different skin issues like acne, lice, and dandruff. But, there is not enough information about tea tree oil as a treatment for lung issues, like colds. Therefore, when treating lung conditions, tea tree oil should not be used alone.
Historically, patients have treated their coughs and colds with tea tree oil. Interestingly, tea tree oil has some activity against germs. It is believed that this property helps patients fight off viral infection like the common cold. If a patient has a bacterial infection, they will need antibiotics, so this treatment should not be used alone. But, for the common cold, it can be used as a treatment. To find out if you have a bacterial infection, you will need to see your doctor.
Generally, inhaling tea tree oil fumes is the fastest way to get tea tree oil into your blood. But, because of this, it is very important to be cautious when inhaling fumes.
When diffusing oils, always:
- Use in a well-ventilated area
- Only use for 30-minute intervals
- Take regular breaks
- Make sure your pets can leave the room
- Follow guidelines
To use tea tree oil to relieve a cough:
- Diffuse 5 drops at home
- Inhale oil directly from the bottle
- Combine 1-2 drops oil with coconut oil and rub mixture on the chest and back of the neck.
Overall, the use of tea tree oil can be helpful for fighting colds. But, if you have a serious infection, it should not be used alone.
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Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD
Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.
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