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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tea Tree Essential Oil: A Natural Antiseptic

Written by Opal Tribble

I love being outdoors! I enjoy hiking, inline skating, camping, extreme sports, etc. At times I’ll still perform some of the crazy stunts I did as a child. You think I would know better, right? Wrong!

For example, one day when I was out skating I thought it would be a cool idea to skate off a ramp. The ramp was there, it was begging me to jump off it. I knew it would be a fabulous experience. I skated off the ramp and was briefly airborne with my inline skates. I landed on the ground without problems. What a rush! I had to try it again. This time; however, I decided to add something extra. While in the air, I would touch my skates with my left hand before landing back to the ground. I skated up the ramp and was airborne! I even managed to touch my skates with my left hand. It was beautiful; however, my landing didn’t go as smoothly and I found myself landing on my knees scraping skin in the process.

That wasn’t supposed to be part of the routine. Although it was painful, the humiliation was a lot worse! Thankfully no one was around to see that particular performance that would have added to my humiliation. I left shortly afterwards. The bruises weren’t major, my pride was the main thing that was affected. Instead of reaching for an over-the-counter remedy to heal my scrapes I reached for tea tree essential oil.

Why Did I Choose Tea Tree Essential Oil? As a child, when I received bruises, my mom would use iodine on the cut that was painful. Unlike the iodine, tea tree essential oil doesn’t sting, and I’ve noticed that my wounds appear to heal a lot faster. It’s powerful stuff. I used tea tree essential oil externally on my wounds and unlike the iodine my mother would use, this wasn’t painful. This is one of the few essential oils that I will apply neat (directly) to my skin.

Why is it so effective? Tea Tree essential oil contains terpenoids which is believed to provide the essential oil with its medicinal like properties. Tea tree has been proven to be effective in killing fungus, bacteria, and even infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Tea tree also has the unusual characteristic of being effective against all three varieties of infectious organisms; bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Tea tree oil is unusual because it is active against all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Uses For Tea Tree Oil:

Infected wounds
Athletes foot
Fungal infection in the mouth
Vaginal infections
Nasal congestion
Household cleaner

Did you know that tea tree oil has been researched extensively through scientific methods? It’s true. Studies have determined that tea tree oil is a very powerful protector of our immune system. When the body is threatened by any organisms that attack its immune system, tea tree increases its ability to respond. It’s a very powerful protector of our immune system.

Next time you experience a minor scrape, reach for tea tree essential oil. If you do a quick search online, you will find numerous topical applications that can be used. If you are unsure, consult with an aromatherapist and have them make you a specialized blend.

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At June 26, 2008 12:50 PM , Anonymous Gary YOung Jr said...

now they have essential oils that u can drink? i think they all possible ways to get essential oils taken care of now :o

At August 5, 2008 4:00 PM , Anonymous betsy moore said...

I had a similar case when I traveled abroad to China. I was a massage therapist so instead of taking my over the counter meds in which I was coached to do (as I might not be able to find something similar in Asia) I took my Tea tree oil and Lavender. Those were the only two essential oils that I took out of a choice of about 100. I ended up needing them both badly, and especially the tea tree as their shows were filthy area's and I got some weird fungus on my foot. I didn't notice it for a while but as soon as I did, I put a drop of the tea tree on it. It went away mostly, but I still suffer from it's affects today 4 years later. Hey I'm writing a page on oils too. Check it out if your interested, I love good feedback, thanks


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