We’re using tea tree oil as the base for Helios, the most amazing cleaning and odor removal product the pet industry has ever seen, used in a concentration of just under 1% tea tree oil that is perfectly safe for your pets and your kids; but did you know that tea tree oil is not only appropriate, but incredibly effective in a myriad of other applications? Indigenous to Australia, the Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia or M. alternifolia) tree’s leaves are the source for tea tree oil. Tradition holds that Australian aborigines have utilized tea tree leaves and their oils for centuries; they’ve used it to treat coughs and colds, treated cuts and abrasions with crushed leaf poultices or simply leaves soaked in water.
Today’s use of extracted tea tree oil and the commercial tea tree oil industry came about only after Arthur Penfold’s reports (in the 1920’s and 1930’s) of the unbelievable antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil. Penfold found tea tree oil ELEVEN times more active than the common and accepted phenols in his evaluations of tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activity. Penfold’s work is available for review here.
Over the next few posts, we’ll look at a wild list of uses for tea tree oil. The list came from Gaye Levy’s article titled, The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival. Note that Levy’s recommendations come with some instructions and typically call for full strength Tea Tree Oil. So let’s get to it! Use Tea Tree Oil for:
1. Abrasions & Minor Cuts: After cleaning the area well, apply a few drops of the oil directly. If a bandage is needed, allow a few drops of the oil to penetrate a cotton ball, then lay it face down on the wound with a bandage on top.
2. Acne: Add a drop to your normal cleansing routine or dab a very small amount on acne breakouts. You can also add 20 – 40 drops of the oil to your regular face wash.
3. Air Freshener: Keep a supply of cotton balls soaked in tea tree oil packed away in a plastic bag or tin. When confronted with foul smells from cooking, musty orders from dampness or even the medicinal smell in a sick room, take a few out the freshen the air and remove the nasty smell.
4. Allergies: Use topically by massaging into the chest, abdomen or the reflex points of the feet.
5. Arthritis: To help reduce pain associated with the swelling of arthritis, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 ounces of grapeseed or other carrier oil. Massage into affected area 2-3 times a day.
Remember that Helios, utilizing “Miracle Tea Tree Oil” as Gaye Levy calls it, will permanently and completely remove any urine odor and stains from pet accidents.