Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic for external infections
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil is an ideal first aid remedy for the relief of external infections such as fungus, staph, ringworm, acne and herpes. An essential oil, it is great for sterilizing cuts, abrasions, insect bites, boils and abscesses and, when used for tooth brushing, helps eliminate dental plaque and minor infections of the teeth and gums. Tea Tree Oil is used primarily: Â· To treat external fungal infections such as athlete's foot, ringworm, dandruff, and nail-bed infections Â· As a local antiseptic for cuts, abrasions, burns, insect bites, boils, abscesses, and staph infections Â· To treat cold sores, herpes labialis, eczema, and acne Â· As an additive to toothpaste for dental plaque Â· To treat head lice and scabies Australian Aborigines used tea tree as a topical antiseptic and anti-fungal for the treatment of oral, vaginal, and skin infections, as well as placing religious value on the plant. During World War II, tea tree was issued to Allied soldiers worldwide and was so highly valued that Australian plantation workers were exempt form military service. The WHO confirms that the following topical uses for tea tree oil are supported by clinical data: as a deodorant, for acne, athlete's foot, furunculosis (boils) and fungal nail-bed infections as well as vaginitis due to Trichomonas vaginalis or Candida albicans, cystitis, and cervicitis. In addition to praising tea tree for infections, the late naturopathic physician Dr. William Mitchell lauds this medicament for burns and eczema: â€œI have found that tea tree is nothing short of amazing when applied topically to burns. It is fabulous for this purpose. Also, tea tree is useful in the treatment of eczema of the hands. I suggest that the patient apply the ointment at bedtime. An improvement is often noticeable by morningâ€. Dr. James Duke, PhD, adds that, â€œI have personally used tea tree oil as an externally applied antiseptic for abscesses, and I can attest to its valueâ€. He also notes that tea tree is effective for vaginal thrush: â€œSeveral women I know have reported success using tea tree oil for vaginal infections that could not be entirely eradicated by pharmaceuticals like Nystatin and Clotrimazoleâ€. Scientific studies corroborate tea tree's effectiveness for the following conditions: athlete's foot, nail-bed infections, acne, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), cervicitis, trichomonal vaginitis, vaginal candidiasis, and burns. Administration: Apply topically as needed. Place 10-20 drops in shampoo for use as a wash for scalp conditions including dandruff. Use one drop applied to toothpaste for tooth brushing. Mix 30 drops with Â½ oz alcohol (vodka, for example), stir, and add to 250 ml water for use as a vaginal wash. Contra-indications and Cautions: For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. Allergic contact dermatitis has occasionally occurred in sensitive individuals; discontinue use if this occurs.