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Friday, January 9, 2009

A Natural Antiseptic: Tea Tree Oil

You may have seen tea tree oil in your local health food store or local pharmacy. While it is in liquid form and has the word tea in in, don’t be fooled; this oil is in no way related to drinking tea and can be fatal if swallowed. Tea tree oil is a powerful natural antiseptic related to eucalyptus and native to Australia.

Tea tree oil is used directly on the skin to destroy bacteria and fungal infections, as well as to offer anti-inflammatory and pain relief to muscles. It can be used to treat acne, yeast infection, athlete’s foot and even boils. It is also known to help with pain relief for arthritis sufferers and can be used in a vaporizer or bath to treat respiratory infections.

Known for its distinctive smell and natural warming effect, just apply the oil topically with a cotton ball and rub gently into skin. Test for sensitivities first; some people are irritated by the natural oil and can develop a skin rash.

Tea Tree Oil

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