Melaleuca alternifolia Nature's potent antiseptic
Tea-tree oil is one of nature's most important antiseptics, and its activity against an extensive variety of bacteria, viruses and fungi is well documented. Since it also has anti-inflammatory properties, it's very useful for cuts, grazes and deeper wounds, and can help prevent them from becoming infected. 0 DOSAfil l Tea-tree oil can be used undiluted to help cleanse wounds at risk of infection or on tougher skin surfaces (for example, the soles of the feet), but will often make an open wound sting and smart, so in most cases a solution containing 15 percent tea-tree oil is more appropriate. Creams and lotions containing tea-tree oil are also available.
• Do not consume essential oils of tea-tree or lavender.
• Do not consume aloe vera gel unless in a commercial form that is specifically intended for internal use.
• Do not take arnica internally, except in its very dilute homoeopathic form. Do not apply it to broken skin or near the eyes or mouth. Do not use topical applications of arnica for more than 10 days at a time.
• Topical applications of any herb can sometimes cause reactions, such as dermatitis, or itching and burning sensations, so perform a patch test at least 24 hours before use. Discontinue use if a reaction develops. Take particular care with arnica and calendula if you are allergic to the Asteraceae family (for example, daisies, chrysanthemum and echinacea) and with arnica if you are allergic to the Lauraceae family (for example, sassafras, avocado, camphor laurel). Take note that topical use of essential oils may also irritate the skin, especially if it is already inflamed.
• With the exception of topical application of calendula and aloe vera, do not use th herbs listed on these pages if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.
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