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Tea Tree Oil

31 Dec

Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia.

From About.com:

Tea tree has a long history of traditional use. Australian aboriginals used tea tree leaves for healing skin cuts, burns, and infections by crushing the leaves and applying them to the affected area.  Tea tree oil contains consituents called terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and antifungal activity.

I use tea tree oil as an antiseptic on any cut or scrape, and apply it with a cotton swab at the first sign of a cold sore or zit, and they dry up super-fast.  Other uses for tea tree oil (that I haven’t tried) include treating thrush, dandruff, athlete’s foot, yeast infection, vaginitis, boils, eczema, psoriasis, and periodontal disease.  Wow!  You can check out the report at About.com for the studies and scientific data that support it’s use.

There are also lots of household uses and you’ll find more and more products (especially natural ones) claiming tea tree oil as an ingredient.  I use a mixture of tea tree oil and lavender diluted in water in a spray bottle to keep bugs off my roses and plants outside.  It works better than anything else I’ve found so far.  It also works great as a natural insect repellent!  Here’s a site with many, many more uses for tea tree oil.  It really is amazing stuff!  Give it a try.

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5 Comments

Posted by on December 31, 2008 in Favorite Things, Product Reviews

 

5 responses to “Tea Tree Oil

  1. Issa

    December 31, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Also it will keep lice off of your kids, which is so lovely.

     
  2. Maura

    December 31, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Interesting. I knew it was a useful product, I just didn’t realize how many different things it could do!

     
  3. psychmamma

    January 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Issa – Keeps lice off kids??? Amazing! How? Do you put it on their head every day as a preventative? Use tea tree shampoo??

     
  4. Issa

    January 2, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    You dilute it in water and put like one or two drops on their head and send them off to preschool. I despise lice and this tends too work. You can also use tea tree shampoo, but my kids don’t like the smell.

     
  5. iMommy

    January 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I have never heard of that. Sounds really useful!

     

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