Now that school has started, you may hear that dreaded four letter word, LICE!!!
Tea Tree or Melaleuca oil is very effective in eliminating this very pesky problem without any harmful side effects. It is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor. It is steam distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia, which is a native of Australia. It is a member of the Myrtle plant family. The following natural properties is what make it so effective.
- Tea tree oil has natural insecticide properties which help to treat head lice very effectively.
- Tea tree oil contains natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties which help to kill the lice and prevent it completely.
- Tea tree oil contains terpinen – 4 – ol, a natural bacterial fighting ingredient which helps to cure many skin irritations, hair problems, infections and diseases.
- Tea tree oil coats the hair, scalp and contains agents that will helps to kill the head lice and its eggs.
- Tea oil not only kills the lice but also it will soothe and heal the irritated scalp that has been affected by the lice.
Here are a few interesting facts about the history of Tea Tree oil found on the American Cancer Society website.
The aborigines of Australia were the first to discover the healing properties of tea tree oil thousands of years ago. They treated cuts, burns, and skin infections by crushing the leaves of the tree and applying them to cuts and injuries. In the 1770s, the British explorer Captain Cook observed the native Australians brewing tea from the leaves. He then brewed tea of his own to give to his crew to prevent scurvy. He coined the name tea tree.
In the 1920s, Australian physicians began to use the oil to clean wounds and prevent infections after surgery. They believed it to be more effective than carbolic acid, the antiseptic most used at that time. Average Australians then began to use the oil as a household remedy for skin conditions and fungus infections. During World War II, tea tree oil was included in the first-aid kits given to all Australian soldiers and sailors.
After the discovery of penicillin and other antibiotics in the late 1940s, tea tree oil went out of favor as an antiseptic until the 1980s, when it was discovered that some bacteria were resistant to certain antibiotics, such as methicillin and vancomycin. Today, there is renewed interest in tea tree oil as an alternative to these antibiotics for skin infections.
Doesn’t this make you want to have a bottle of Tea Tree oil in your family medicine cabinet?