Tea Tree Oil, from the melaleuca family, is one of those things you want to put in your natural first aid kit. It’s been used in Australia by Aborigines for centuries for cuts and burns and infections. Nowadays the most common form of tea tree oil is an essential oil and it is truly one of nature’s healers. It’s been found to be effective against acne, dandruff, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot. I’ve used it on the other end of the body for soothing an aching tooth, when combined with myrrh, lemon, peppermint.
According to the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association, Tea tree oil has recognised antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and is widely formulated into many cosmetic and personal care products including shampoos, creams, gels, acne control face-washes, hand-washes, vaginal pessaries, mouth-washes and other dental care products as well as being used as a topical antiseptic in its pure form on cuts, abrasions and insect stings.
I don’t usually believe it when a product says it can cure everything from a to z, but in this case I’d guess that they are at least 80% right if not more, and that’s worth a try!
And for resting your aching bones and muscles, tea tree added to a bath can provide welcome relief. Add about 5 drops with a few drops of its sister oil, eucalyptus, and some lavender and one drop of peppermint. Ooooooh! It’s a perfect way to warm your soul on a cold winter day!