Last Modified on Jun 10, 2014
Tea Tree Oil is not the best known natural remedy, but its popularity is skyrocketing! This natural product extracted from the leaves of Australia's Tea Trea is full of potent natural antibiotics and ingredients to control pathogens of all kinds, from big bugs to small. Be warned, however, that this is potent stuff and can cause damage to skin and other tissues if used undiluted and without care.
This essential oil has tremendous antimicrobial properties and is all the more popular these days as it seems to be effective at killing off the MRSA virus, at least on surfaces. Against dandruff, head lice, mites, and scabies it has also been proven effective.
NB: Tea Tree Oil is for topical use only and is not to be swallowed. A small percentage of people also seem to be allergic to topical application of the oil.
Natural Cures: Tea Tree oil is said to be good for acne and general skin care, including treatment of fungal infections such as ringworm and athlete's foot. People also use tea tree oil for herpes outbreaks.
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[YEA] My 9 year old son experienced cellulitis for the second time in less than a year as the result of a bug bite (spiders we think). At any rate, unable to get the prescription for an antibiotic filled until the morning, I went to this website. I placed a few drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton swab. I applied it to his very swollen and inflammed leg, along with a water soaked cotton ball (so the tea tree would not burn). I then applied an ice pack and gave him an over the counter anti-flammatory. By morning, the inflammation was gone, he was able to move his leg with less diffulty and the redness also subsided.
The Tea Tree worked awesome. Because of the severity of his cellulitis I still gave him the antibiotic, but cut the treatment time in half. Going forward, on any bites I will immediately treat with tea tree oil.
Thanks Earth Clinic