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The Wonders of Tea Tree Oil

Posted Oct 16 2008 7:58pm 1 Comment

Concerned about the possibility of drug-resistant superbugs from using antibacterial soap, I decided to search out other options. While rediscovering old fashioned soap and water is still effective in washing away germs, there are times when I want the reassurance of actually killing the germs.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tea tree oil that's become a staple in my medicine cabinet is also the perfect replacement for conventional antibacterial ingredients, particularly trichlosan, which is found in many soaps and personal toiletries.

Of all the essential oils, tea tree oil is a triple hitter. It fights bacteria, viruses and fungus - naturally and usually without side effects. It can be used to treat acne, athlete's foot, cold sores, dandruff, gum problems, flu symptoms, insect bites, lice, nail fungus, rashes and yeast infections.

Need more reasons to use tea tree oil? Not only does laboratory data show a link between exposure to triclosan and the emergence of antimicrobial drug resistance, but also according to one study, triclosan breaks down when exposed to sun light or chlorinated water to form dioxins.

In addition, soap containing tea tree oil is also superior to combating antibiotic resistant strains of staphylococcus aureus better than conventional antibacterial soap containing trichlosan.

Tea tree oil, native to Australia from the leaves of Melaleucaalternifolia, is for topical use only and should not be applied to the mucous membranes. Also, it is not recommended for pregnant and nursing woman. If you're interested in finding out how to use tea tree oil, check out
holistichealth.com, or you may read about current studies and safety issues on tea tree oil ataltmedicine.about.com.

I'm a sworn believe in the wonders of tea tree oil. Not only do I always have a bottle of tea tree oil on hand, but I've replaced all my conventional products containing antibacterial ingredients with natural ones containing tea tree oil, from toothpaste and mouthwash to shampoo and facial cleanser. Now I when I wash my hands I never give superbugs another thought.

Sources:
Patton, Mary Lee. Mary Lee's Natural Health & Beauty. New York, NY, Penguin Putnam Inc., 2001
pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag-w/2005/apr/science/kb_chlorine.html
www.medicinenet.com/tea_tree_oil-topical/article.htm

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Hi, I am writing about dangerous medical misinformation in this articles Tea Tree Oil (the subject of one of your articles linked below) is about to be banned in all of Europe because it triggers dangerous infections, can also cause nerve damage and sever skin allergies. The woman who wrote your article never bothered to research the issue carefully. Very irresponsible. her misinformation could hurt people. The problem article on your site: http://www.wellsphere.com/healthy-eating-article/the-wonders-of-tea-tree-oil/423492 Article explaining how the European Union is considering banning Tea Ree Oil: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/feb/18/medicineandhealth.health Please remove your article. It could hurt people. I personally have a health problem due to Tea Tree Oil (not due to your article don't worry) but you have a responsiblity not to lead innocent people to use something that could do them serious harm. Also-- I encourage you to review any other articles ojn your site by this woman. She is irresponsible in her writing, doesn't carefully research before she gives health advice and gets carried away with a subject instead of carefully reviewing all the facts. She may mean well but she could do a lot of damage with her misinformation. Sincerely, Phil Murray
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