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I'm quite a fan of using natural products for things where I can, and so things like Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint and other oils feature in this household quite a lot along with Aloe Vera and many other things. Tea tree may not be the nicest smelling of them all, but it's certainly one of the most useful.
Tea tree oil or Meleleuca oil is the oil extracted from the ever green tree Meleleuca Alternifolia. The leaves of this tree have natural antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties and it has been used for many hundreds of years because of this. The tree is indigenous to Australia, and the Bundjalung people in eastern Australia are one of the first peoples known to use it medicinally. They soak the leaves to make an infusion which is then used to treat many ailments from skin conditions to sore throats and wounds.
Extracting the oil from the leaves rather than just using the leaves themselves wasn't common practice till a researcher called Arthur Penfold published writings on the antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil rating it as 11 times more active than phenol (also called carbolic acid or phenic acid) in the 1920's. After this, it began to be used widely in a commercial way until after the second world when the increase in decent antibiotics dulled the demand for it.
Recently, with many people trying to turn back to using more and more natural products, tea tree oil has become much more popular again, and is now used in a wide variety of products from shampoo to skincare, and can be bought in its oil form for mixing with other things, or in lotion and cream form for direct topical use.
Use At Home
I have a variety of products that I use which contain tea tree - one of my favourite shampoo's contains tea tree which is great if you get an itchy scalp or suffer from dandruff. I also have a face cream which I use when I have to take certain medication that seems to make me more prone to spots, as tea tree is great for helping ease spots and acne. I recently recommended my friend's daughter get some as she's just hit puberty and is suffering badly from the dreaded teenage spots. Using a tea tree wash has helped her enormously with this which is great.
I have a 'recipe' book which I began some years ago, that contains herbal/essential oil recipes in it that I've found beneficial over the years. One of them is for headlice and amongst other things, it contains - you've guessed it - tea tree oil. It's one of the best natural solutions for dealing with these problem creepy crawlies I've come across though it is a bit tricky to make up and use, and in fact I've noticed recently that more and more shops seem to be promoting shampoos and lice treatments as containing tea tree which is great as being natural you're not worrying about what you're putting on your kids heads (or your own if you're unlucky enough to pick them up - the lice not the kids I mean).
One thing I will say about tea tree oil is that although it's quite pale in colour, it can stain when you use it, so be careful when you're mixing oils like this and wear something old.
As this is quite a strong oil, it does need to be diluted before using it generally as you don't want to damage your skin. If you're wanting to apply the oil to your skin on spots or fungal infections for example then you'd need to mix it with a carrier oil or buy a pre-mixed solution. If you were using it for lice or dandruff treatment you'd again mix it with a base shampoo product first.
It can also be harmful if swallowed, so some care should be taken with this oil and it shouldn't be left lying around where children can reach it.
Personally I quite like the smell of tea tree - I think it smells very fresh and clean smelling and more herby than anything else, my mum however isn't a fan and thinks it smells anticeptic and clinical. To be honest, I think even if I disliked the smell, I'd probably put up with it because of how useful this essential oil is, but luckily as I say I actually quite like it although I do prefer it mixed with other things as on its own the smell is a bit strong.
I'd say if you're looking for an essential oil to experiment with, then you need to be a little careful with this, so it's best to have a good read up on how to use it first. However, it does make a great addition to any essential oil kit, and has lots of uses.
If you prefer the idea of someone else doing the mixing for you, then have a look in health stores and chemists and online as you can find quite a lot of products that are purpose made now but which do utilize the properties of the humble tea tree.
Tea tree is an oil extracted from the leaves of an evergreen tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) found in Australia. Topically this it has been used for hundreds of years for its antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties (initially by the indigenous population of Eastern Australia, with a commercial product first being made in the 1920s). The product is usually diluted, especially when being used on more delicate skin, as it can cause drying and reddening of the skin in those who react to it.
Tea tree can be purchased from almost every beauty store and healthfood shop, often at a relatively cheap price in comparison to some of the other medicated products on offer. It has a distinct, sharp odour and is most commonly found in a pure oil form (although it is often added to other lotions or products to provide an antibacterial action). I associate this product most with acne treatment as it has helped clean up my skin fantastically several times after breakouts. Due to my relatively sensitive skin I had to dilute the oil quite a bit and often used it to steam my face or in a homemade toner. I found it leaves the skin feeling supple and smooth, without having to use a load of strong artificial chemicals. The product I have found to work best is Herbal Authority Tea Tree Oil Lotion 15% (purchased from Holland and Barrett - £3.79 for 118ml). The nozzle on the bottle allows the oil to be poured drop-by-drop or you can unscrew the lid to pour larger amounts out. Each bottle lasts for ages and it is one of the best value for money products I own.
Another great thing with tea tree is that it does not just have to be used on blemishes. It has also been shown to aid with other conditions when applied topically (such as cold sores or blisters). Although I have no personal experience of this, the frequent mention of the antiviral properties of tea tree seems to suggest this may work. However, the important thing to remember with tea tree is too be careful about the amount you apply, especially if you have sensitive skin. With some people this does not matter but with others applying it too strong can cause stinging, so be wary of this if you have experienced reactions to tea tree products in the past.
This review will discuss Tea Tree Oil.
I was introduced to Tea Tree Oil at a young age; my mother swears by it and has used it for many things, for many years.
Tea Tree oil is a very pale yellowish/clear oil that comes from the Melaleuca Alternifolia plant, found in Australia. It is widely known for its antiseptic and healing properties, but is has many other uses such as:
Fungal infections (both skin and nail)
Teeth and gum problems
I think that there are many more uses, but my mum is more of an expert than I am; I just know that we've always had a bottle lying around the house and it has come in handy more times than I can remember!
My main use of Tea Tree Oil has been on the occasional spot. I really think it is the best thing to use as it not only cleans the blemish, but speeds up the healing process too. I can't admit to having too many spots over the years, although I did struggle with them a little in the later months of my pregnancy, so do know a bit about them!
I have not used Tea Tree Oil religiously since my teenage years, so have had experience of spots both with and without its use. I have noticed that any blemishes have cleared faster with a dab of Tea Tree Oil than they have without.
I'm sure that beauty experts would advise you to carefully apply some exact amount of oil with a cotton wool pad or something, but I just dab a little on with my finger and have done with it, which works just fine!
I also remember my mum adding Tea Tree Oil to my shampoo a couple of times when I had a flaky scalp. I can't remember too much about it, although I know I didn't have to use it too many times before it would clear up, which was a very good thing as I would always wash my hair twice - the second time was to get the smell out! Some people love the smell as it is 'fresh' and 'clean', although I could never bear it - too 'clinical' for my liking!
Although I don't like the smell, I have seen the benefits of Tea Tree Oil and believe that the effects far outweigh this, so have continued to use it, and would highly recommend it. It is classed as an 'essential oil', and I truly believe that it is just that!
I almost always have a bottle to hand, and do curse a little when I am caught short and feel a spot coming on
Tea Tree oil can be quite expensive, although there are many, many brands around and you can usually find a bargain, especially online.
I do feel that I should mention the current concerns around Tea Tree Oil; I have read a few articles that question the safety of the oil, suggesting that it is a severe irritant and should not be used in concentrations of more than 1%. I have not experienced any side effects, although those with sensitive skin may be more prone to this, so do be aware of the risks when trying and maybe choose a lower concentration is you are unsure.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is frequently used in our household, and I have found from some shops it can be quite expensive, espically shops such as health shops, that was before I discovered Superdrugs own make of Tea Tree Essential Oil. I comes in roughly the same size bottle as those sold in health shops but at half the cost.
Not a lot I can say about this really other than it smells like traditional Tea Tree Oil, the smell is not weaker due to it being a cheaper version but just as strong as more expensive brands.
The Oil comes in a small brown glass bottle with a plain black screw cap lid which is very easy to open. It has a silvery coloured label around the middle of the bottle. It has the words Tea Tree written in green letters at the top of the label and the words essential Oil 100% pure at the bottom of the label with the Superdrug logo of a silver star in the middle. Directions of use are written on the back of the bottle on the label in small white letters, it is quite difficult to read. Inside there is a small plastic cap on the top which allows the oil to drip out very slowly this means that nothing gets wasted and you do not use more than you need.
Directions of Use
Because Tea Tree is an essential oil is it suggested on the back of the bottle that when using Tea Tree Oil It is best to dilute a few drops in a carrier oil, I personally would recommend something like baby oil. I have personally used the oil neat on some effected areas however this may not be suitable for everyone. Once diluted apply a small amount to the effected area such as a spot or small cut. I have found that tea tree helps them to dry up quicker and heal.
Superdrugs own version of Tea Tree Essential Oil costs around about £2.99 for a 5ml bottle. Now this does sound quite expensive for such a tiny bottle however this is much cheaper than other brands from health shops. Another point that makes it very economical is that you need such a small amount at a time that it last for weeks, also if you choose to dilute it in a carrier oil it will help it to last even longer.
Overall I would recommend Superdrugs Tea Tree Oil, it is an essential in our household. It is very reasonably priced and long lasting. I would certainly recommend this over the more expensive brands.
I have discovered aromatherapy some years ago and with it I have learned about the wanders of Tea Tree Essential Oil. Now that I look back I can not believe I went an entire life time without knowing about this miraculous Oil.
Though over the years I have experimented with other Essential Oils I must say that Tea Tree is my all time favourite along with Lavender as it has such a wide range of uses.
Tea Tree is basically like an antibiotic. It is an very powerful antiseptic and disinfectant. This should not miss from any first aid kit, you can use it for insect bites or disinfect wounds safely.
It has an medicinal smell to it but in an herbal sort of way, very clean smell, is rather reminiscent to eucalyptus more likely.
I personally use it for my face, I love diluting it in a carrier oil like almond oil, rosehip seed oil, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, or even blend all these carrier oils tougher for which I add Tea Tree at the end. The purpose of diluting it in a carrier oil for me is the fact that it keeps my skin blemish free, I swear by it that it can cure acne. My favourite ratio is of 2% Tea Tree Essential Oil diluted in carrier oils blend.
I even use this oil neat on this skin on blemishes, but I don't ever cover an large area as it can over dry the skin off. I also use it as a first aid when I have a small cuts or an insect bite. This ways is highly effective.
I buy mine from www.aromantic.co.uk either organic or wild. Sometimes this company over the holydays works slow and can be late in sending the parcel but they always sell good quality Tea Tree Essential Oil from Australia so that is why I always come back. Otherwise this Oil can easily be bought from any health food store shop and even some supermarkets but can be rather overpriced. I pay for mine for around £3 for 10ml, a little bit goes a very long way though.
Warning: Do not swallow, keep away from pets and childrens. If you use it to freshen up the room in can damage the animals respiratory system same as with any other type of room sprays, bleach and even vinegar, so don't over expose animals to things like that.
Tea Tree Oil was first recommended to me as a new weapon in my seemingly everlasting battle with the head louse. I was, to say the least, incredulous that a naturally occurring oil could succeed where many modern chemicals had failed. But at only £2.49 for a bottle, I thought what the heck, and gave it a try.
~~~History of the Oil~~~
Melaleuca Alternifolia has been used for hundreds of years by the Bundjalung aborigine tribe, of the Bungawalbin valley, on the far north coast of New South Wales, Australia. They used it for its antiseptic and healing properties in many ways, including making poultices from the crushed leaves, bathing in pools where the leaves had fallen, and brewing a tea out of the leaves.
When the settlers, or should I say convicts, arrived from England, they soon learnt about the healing properties of the Tea Tree and used it on wounds and bites, and when Captain James Cook arrived in Australia, in 1770, the botanist Sir Joseph Banks collected samples of the plant and brewed the native tea, and so the common name Tea Tree was born.
The first scientific studies of the tea tree oil were performed in 1922, by Arthur Penfold, and it was discovered that the oil was 11 to 13 times better at killing bacteria and fungi than carbolic acid (the standard of the day), and unlike carbolic acid it did not burn the skin.
So powerful are its properties that during World War Two the Australian Defence Force commandeered all supplies of the oil, and working in the production of the oil would have exempted you from military service. Known by the soldiers as the medicine kit in a bottle, tea tree oil was standard first aid issue.
Unfortunately, a victim of its own success, as Tea Tree Oil was no longer available commercially, as new synthetic products were created, the oil faded from prominence.
However, the oil has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity since the 1960's, and has been the subject of intensive testing by scientists in many countries including the USA, and France.
Today, the oil is available in many forms from the essential oil, to shampoos, beauty products, and antiseptic creams. And it has a multitude of uses, including the treatment of acne, sunburn and arthritis.
I have purchased tea tree oil from several places, and at a range of prices. The cheapest bottle I bought was £1 for 10mls from a pound shop, but I mostly buy it from Superdrug at approximately £2.49 for 10mls.
The oil comes in a dark brown glass bottle with a dropper top, and does have a use by date, but this is usually several years in the future. On opening the bottle, you will be hit by an extremely strong scent, that's hard to describe. While in no way unpleasant it is slightly medical, with a hint of menthol and certainly clears the nose.
~~~Uses of the Oil~~~
There is an extensive list of uses for the oil, and for this review I will only touch on most, as I've not used it for them myself. However, I will expand on the ways I personally have used it.
I've used the oil, undiluted on spots. Simply apply to the affected area with a cotton bud. This works really well, and reduces spots overnight. Try it on those nasty ones that look like they're going to become huge boils, it can work wonders.
This is what I originally bought the oil for. There are two ways to use it, either undiluted or diluted in a carrier oil (such as almond). I used it neat, simply apply enough to coat the entire head (and hair), leave for half an hour, and watch the nits fall out when you wash the hair. Honestly, it works very well, and I find I can do two heads of hair with one bottle so it's very economical. Unlike the chemical preparations available, this has had no adverse effect on my children's asthma. As a bonus, after washing and drying the hair it's beautifully conditioned, and extremely soft and silky.
After treating the hair this way, a drop applied behind each ear and at the nape of the neck will discourage the little blighters from returning.
^^Coughs and Colds^^
Add ten drops to a bowl of steaming water (or for a child the bath) and inhale the vapours. After a few minutes you'll find your congestion clearing, much as with Olbus Oil or Karvol. I discovered this use as a consequence of treating hair, while suffering from a really bad cold, and feeling much clearer when I finished.
^^Cuts and Grazes^^
After cleaning, apply with a clean cotton bud. I don't know for sure if this works, but my children's cuts don't seem to get infected.
I suffer from urticaria, which is a very itchy rash that comes and goes and drives me to distraction. Although I have antihistamines for this, they take time to work. But by applying tea tree oil to the affected area, it soothes the rash while I'm waiting for the antihistamines to work.
This is a skin condition where the skin cells grow too quickly and you end up with scaly itchy patches. I have only just started using the oil for this, after having used coal tar creams since childhood. For this you need to dilute the oil with 10 parts carrier oil, then massage into the affected areas. I have so far noticed that it seems to be preventing it from getting worse, and it smells much better than coal tar.
Again the oil needs to be diluted for this. Wash and dry the affected area, then gently apply the mixed oil. I've found this especially good, when my son's eczema is infected, it clears up much quicker than when left alone, and almost as fast as when strong antibiotic creams are used.
There are many, many other uses, both undiluted and diluted which I have not tried yet, which include arthritis, cold sores, cradle cap and bad breath. There is a comprehensive list on this web site http://www.oilsofnature.com.au/Tea_Tree_Oil/uses_and_applications.htm
The oil can also be used on your pets, in much the same way.
Tea Tree Oil is toxic when ingested, so you should not swallow it, and if you accidentally do so then consult a doctor.
You may also find that you are allergic to the oil, if so do NOT use it again.
Tea Tree Oil really does seem to live up to its nickname of a medicine kit in a bottle. It has a multitude of uses, and as such should be in everyone's medicine cabinet. If you look on the body care shelves of any supermarket, or beauty store, you will find at least one product that contains the oil. From shampoos and conditioners, to spot sticks, facial cleaners and toners, to toothpaste, often at inflated prices. The actual oil is a much more economical purchase, as it can be used in these ways, try adding a few drops of oil to your normal conditioner, or as an antiseptic in it's own right.
Tea tree is an essential oil which can be bought at the health shop or chemist for around four pounds. Out of all the essential oils tea tree is one of the popular one?s as it has lots of different uses. It can be used by dropping two or three drops into a hot bath to sooth away aches and pains, as well as help with other ailments. It is an antiseptic oil and is good for healing sores and cuts, but essential oils are not to be used neat onto the skin. They always should be used either in bath water, or diluted in water for use with an oil burner and can also be a great soother mixed with a base oil to use for massage. Tea tree is useful for lots of infections because it is a strong disinfectant,it is antifungal antibacterial and antiviral. Which means it can be used in a footbaths for help with verucas or in the bath for infections like thrush, burns, athletes foot or in the bath just to sooth away aches and pains. It is also a good imune system booster so will help youir body to fight off infections like colds and flu. You can also use it to treat asthma or bronchitis. Tea tree is one of the best things to have in your essential oil collection, because it has so many uses and today the trend seems to be going towards herbal and essential oil treartment. I think this is due tio the fact that it is an easy thing to learn, something which benefits the whole family and can be bought at the chemist or health shop. This in turn stops all that waiting around in the doctors surgery for the lesser serious complaints and lots of people who have tried essential oils have noticed an improvement in their health. I know I wouldn,t be without mine. Although it can be an irritant for some people who have very sensative skin. Tea tree is one of my most used oils, the smell is a bit antiseptic but its not too overpoweriing and it does freshen and soften the skin if used in the bath water. As well as healing certain ailments tea
tree helps you to relax, boosts the immune system to help keep you healthy and can also get you closer to your loved one if you can persuade them to give you a massage in return for one from you. It is also used as an ingredient in shampoo, as well as face packs and in creams for the skin. I hope you enjoyed reading.
I have been battling for four years to find a dog shampoo that gives my dog a nice shiny healthy looking coat. My dog was a rescue dog and came to me with her coat in an extremely bad condition. I had tried various treatments and spent more time with the vet who by the way was extremely helpful and patient, but didn’t seem to get anywhere. She was still scratching and her coat looked dull. On one of my regular visits to the vet I commented to a gentleman about how beautiful of a coat his Yorkshire Terrier had. He said he used Genuine Bush Grown Tea-Tree Oil Shampoo and that Tea-Tree Oil is a natural remedy for common skin problems, used frequently in Australia it is becoming more widely used in other parts of the world. It nourishes the skin, helps soothe insect bites, minor grazes and relieves the irritation of summer itch even on the most sensitive of skins. It has a natural insect repellent and can be used on Dogs and Cats. I had heard of Tea-Tree oil, but didn’t even think of its use on animals. He told me to go to the local Pets at Home as they have a good range of natural remedies. Penny and I have never looked back. Her coat began to look better in no time at all and she seemed to be picking up in herself. Now, two years later there is no scratching and flakiness and her coat is lovely. I’m sticking to the genuine herbal and natural remedies from now on.
Tea Tree (Melalenca Alternifolia) is a small tree or shrub with needlelike leaves, not dissimilar to that of the cypress. It can have either yellow or purple flowers and originates from Australia. The Aboriginal people used Tea Tree leaves as a traditional remedy, which they made into tea, hence its name. Tea Tree essential oil is primarily an anti-infection oil, it has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties and is frequently used for treatment of skin problems such as spots, acne, warts, verrucaes, athlete’s foot, rashes, insect bites, burns, blisters etc. etc. I use Tea Tree a great deal, especially for cleaning cuts and wounds as it prevents them becoming infected and helps the skin to heal better by encouraging the formation of scar tissue. Tea Tree is also effective against dandruff - it is used in quite a few well known branded hair products such as, Original Source and Aussie. Tea Tree is great for treatment of thrush and cystitis, but not many people realise that it is also useful as an expectorant as it alleviates inflammation and stimulates the immune system thus making it an excellent choice when fighting colds, flu, respiratory infections, catarrh problem, and infectious illnesses. In addition, Tea Tree can also be used to bring down a fever, kills fleas, and lice and as a deodorant. Tea Tree oil is good for use as a mouthwash or gargle, but MUST NEVER be swallowed. For the treatment of spots, add four drops of Tea Tree essential oil to three drops of Bergamot, three drops of Lavender and two teaspoons of Jojoba oil. Use the mixture to dab onto affected areas of skin – this is good for treatment of inflamed or acne-prone skin. It blends well with the following essential oils: Bergamot Chamomile Cinnamon Clary Sage Clove Geranium Lavender Lemon Marjoram Myrrh Rosemary It should be noted that people who suffer with
sensitive skin should use Tea Tree oil with caution. Also note, pregnant women, people suffering with epilepsy and small children should seek professional advice before using any essential oil.
Spots? Rashes? Ingrown toenails? Athlete's foot? Dandruff? Smelly feet? There is one relatively inexpensive and totally natural product that you can use to treat all of these problems and more. Tea Tree Oil comes from an Australian plant called Melaleuca alternifoli, and is a powerful natural fungicide, antibacterial and antiseptic. It has so many uses that it is indispensable in my medicine cabinet. For the following symptoms, take a quarter of a pint of cold water and add five drops of tea tree oil, then bathe the affected area: Acne Skin rashes Athlete's foot Cuts and grazes Ingrown toenails I have used this for all of the above over the past few years and every time it has been just as effective (and often MORE effective) than over-the-counter medicines. There are other ways to use it too: For NAPPY RASH, make a weaker dilution and bathe baby's bot. For a particularly troublesome ZIT, apply neat with a cotton bud (it will dry the skin out but will get rid of that spot faster than anything I've come across). For DANDRUFF, put 3-5 drops into your shampoo bottle and give it a good shake. (If the dandruff is really bad, you could do the same in your conditioner as well). For SMELLY FEET, put 3 drops into a bowl of warm water and have a good long soak. For ITCHY SKIN, put 5 drops into your bathwater, or put 3-5 drops into your shower gel bottle. For your DOG, add 3 drops to their shampoo bottle and it will help with all those horrible scurfy, scratchy things they get. Although allergic reactions to tea tree oil have been known, their incidence is extremely low when compared to synthetic products according to my mate who has an aromatherapy qualification. My sister used it on her son's nappy rash and it cleared it up and caused him no irritation at all. However, as with all products, it'
s probably best to do a test on a small patch of skin first to see how you react. My mate also tells me that cases have been reported where the application of tea tree oil healed an infection that had survived a twelve-month course of antibiotics! I don't know about that, but I do know that tea tree oil is one of the best 'medicines' I've ever come across, and I'm sure I've only scratched the surface of its capabilities with this op. It's available from almost all chemists and health stores. My last lot cost £5.99 from Boots for 20 ml bottle which will last me about 4 months. Compare that with splashing out on separate products for just a sample of the above ailments and you'll see it works out very economical. One thing to note though – make sure that you buy the 100% pure essential oil and not a substitute.
I discovered tea tree oil when my daughter got impetigo from a child at school and it spread throughout the family. After antibiotic cream repeatedly failed to clear it we needed oral antibiotics which worked but the child at school hadn't been treated so as soon as my daughter went back she got it again. A lady who spotted my daughter's face told me to try tea tree oil and when I saw the price I almost didn't bother but I am glad I did. The impetigo cleared quickly and at the first sign of it recurring a little dab soon sorted it out. Since then I have used it often for a variety of reasons. One of my sons bites his toes and was always getting infections but a dab of tea tree not only clears it up but also puts him off biting. I put a few drops under the kid's pillows if one of them is ill and have found that it doesn't spread like it used to. At one time if one of them was ill they would all follow in succession. Three of my kids play rugby and often have grazed knees and elbows or stud marks so I bathe them in a small amount of milk with a few drops of tea tree oil. The milk seems to help the oil disperse better. My kids have never had headlice since I started to put a couple of drops of tea tree oil in the conditioner but some of their classmates get them regularly. Not a proven remedy, I know, but certainly worth a try. The only thing I would say is check whether your skin is sensitive to it by placing one drop in one place. My kids have eczema and are fine with it but better to be safe.
Tea tree oil smells absolutely awful, and if you get it in your mouth, it's disgusting, but it's a small price to pay because this stuff is wonderful. My mother used to use tea tree oil to cure everything. If you cut yourself "put tea tree oil on it", if you've got a cold sore I'd get "put tea tree oil on it", and yes, it appeared a bit obsessive. When I overcame my teenage rebelious streak of ignoring everything my mother says, I realised just how right she is. Tea tree oil is fantastic stuff. Put it on spots, and it'll dry them out, and they'll look much better and feel less aggrivated. If you cut yourself, it may sting, but it does help clean the area, and in the long run, sooth the pain. What I use tea tree oil for predominantly is cold sores. I find that, like spots, it dries cold sores out and they heal much much faster. It's far better than over the counter medicines, and I find that if the cold sore is just starting, it can stop it developing into a full blown disaster. All this is at the cost of smelling a bit pongy for a few days, but it's worth it.
On the way to a friends house last summer a rather nasty wasp stung my unsuspecting 7 year old son on his ear. I dragged him, crying to my friends house 2 minutes away, where she put some Nelsons Tea Tree cream on the sting, and lo and behold, it took the pain away for him straight away. Since then I always carry it and I appear to be adding to the list of things that it can be used for : 1. Antiseptic 2. Wasp stings (not had a bee sting yet!) 3. Nettle Stings 4. Ant/other annoying insect bites 5. Anything that itches 6. Rubbed onto toddler 'imaginary' poorly bits makes them stop crying instantly! I would recommend it to be kept somewhere handy at all times - it's natural, and can be used for so many different things
Tea tree oil can be used for just about all you're problems(even some Jerry Springer can't solve).You can buy various lotions with it in or just stick to the pure oil which i personally think is best. You can pick up this Australian oil from health shops e.g. Boots and Holland and Barrets, to hippy shops spotted around the place and prices and sizes vary. However, where ever you find it prices the product is reasonable. If diluted you can use the oil for massages, you can apply it to spots, you can inhale it to clear colds, you can put it on you're scalp to elliminate dandruff, and even it has been said to prevent colds buy putting 6-8 drops of the oil in you're bath(unless you're pregnant of course!) It's wonderful stuff, go and buy!
This is produced in Australia from leaves. It is a Top note in aromatherapy meaning it is fresh, works immediately and does not linger. It has many great properties it is an antiseptic (as all oils are) it is antifungal, antiparasitic, antibacterial, stimulates the heart, promotes healing by forming scar tissue and stimulates the immune system. It's effective for athletes foot, acne, insect bites, spots (dap a single frop on each spot and this will rapidly reduce the heat and pain and clear the spot up quickly), verrucae (place a single drop of tea tree on the centre every morning and cover with a plaster), colds, flu (use in a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam to clear sinuses), infectious diseases. It should however not be used for someone with kidney problems as it is an irritant of the kidneys. When I perform reflexology treatments I generally wipe over the feet with tea tree prior to starting the treatment as it kills all bacteria etc. It has an antiseptic smell and is similar to eucalyptus if you have ever smelt that. It smells very clean.... For approx £5-7.00 you can buy 10 ml of tea tree oil which will last you for absolutely ages, you can buy this at Holland & Barrett or from reputable essential oil mail order companies such as Purple Flame and Bay House Aromatics..
Tea tree oil is used in many herbal and homeopathic remedies. It is well known for it's cleansing and antiseptic qualities.