Tea Tree Oil: A Must for Your Summer First Aid Kit

Tea Tree Plant

More fun outside in the summer can mean more risk of sunburns, insect bites, and scrapes. Next to cayenne pepper, tea tree oil is one of the best herbal remedies to have on hand during the summer for emergencies.

Historically, Tea tree oil is known to help fight against viruses, bacteria, fungal infections, and even head lice. For thousands of years, Australian Aborigines revered the plant. Lagoons where the tea tree leaves would fall into the water were known by the local people as “healing lakes”. Soldiers in World War II were given tea tree oil in their standard issue first aid kits for burns, cuts, scratches, tropical infections and as insect repellent.

The antibacterial properties of the oil are well documented in multiple research studies. Tea tree oil stands out in its proven effectiveness against MRSA, a type of Staph infection that is resistant to many modern antibiotics. This makes tea tree oil a great emergency aid to put on cuts and scrapes quickly after they first appear to start disinfecting them.

An insect sting can leave behind harmful bacteria in the wound. Tea tree oil rubbed on the area helps to reduce redness and swelling while destroying the bacteria under the skin. Enjoying time outside can mean uncomfortable itchiness from mosquito bites which Tea tree oil helps soothe.

Southern Botanicals makes a preparation with tea tree oil and jojoba oil that's an easy way to replenish damaged skin from sunburns by cleaning the area and moisturizing the skin. It can minimize blistering and peeling while the skin heals, reducing pain and inflammation from the burn. An astringent that disinfects while the skin heals, tea tree oil helps your skin look more balanced while blemishes are reduced.

We hope that you enjoyed these tips on tea tree oil. Have a safe and happy summer!

Resources

  •  Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 56, Issue 4, April 2004
  • Susceptibility of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus to the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia.Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Vol 35, Issue 3, 1994.

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