Use Caution With Tea Tree Oil

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Researcher

Miami, FL

#1 Mar 20, 2012
Many people here recommend tea tree oil baths and 100% tea tree oil, but there are concerns over toxicity:

http://www.messybeast.com/teatree.htm

Thought I should share this with everyone.
Researcher

Miami, FL

#2 Mar 20, 2012
Perhaps I should point out that there are no references, and this is on a public page that has not been subjected to peer review, so take it as it is. But it seems to follow a logical course, and there aren't many papers discussing toxicity of tea tree oil. I would err on the side of caution with regard to tea tree oil--it certainly has a powerful odor.

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#3 Mar 20, 2012
It couldn't be as toxic as Clove Oil.
S Cat

UK

#4 Mar 28, 2012
There are references on the messybeast link. If you read it, you'll see they are about halfway down before the case studies.
mojo karma cookie

Clovis, CA

#5 Mar 28, 2012
there is nothing wrong with tea tree oil. just remember to dilute it with water or use a carrier oil.

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#6 Mar 28, 2012
mojo karma cookie wrote:
there is nothing wrong with tea tree oil. just remember to dilute it with water or use a carrier oil.
Tea Tree Oil does not cure! It's a waste of time and money!
mojo karma cookie

Clovis, CA

#7 Mar 29, 2012
mitewarrior77 wrote:
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Tea Tree Oil does not cure!
wrong.
tea tree oil is a well known cure for skin parasites and scabies.

tea tree oil is known for its anti-parasitic and antimicrobial properties.

The primary uses of tea tree oil are the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions of the oil.

Tea tree oil has been scientifically investigated only recently. Some sources suggest beneficial medical properties when applied topically, including antiviral,[7] antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties.[8]

Tea tree oil is active against Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA.[9] Tea tree oil is less successful for application in the nose.[10] Also, there is clinical evidence that topical dermatological preparations containing tea tree oil may be more effective than conventional antibiotics in preventing transmission of CA-MRSA.[11]

Recent studies support a role for the topical application of tea tree oil in skin care and for the treatment of various diseases and conditions. Tea tree oil appears to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungal infections, mites such as scabies, and lice such as head lice. A 2008 study of in vitro toxicity showed a tea tree oil preparation was more effective against head lice than permethrin, a popular pharmaceutical remedy.[12]

In the treatment of moderate common acne, topical application of 5% tea tree oil has shown an effect comparable to 5% benzoyl peroxide. Albeit with slower onset of action, patients who use tea tree oil experience fewer side effects than those that use benzoyl peroxide treatments.[13]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_tree_oil#Com...

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#8 Mar 29, 2012
mojo karma cookie wrote:
<quoted text>wrong.
tea tree oil is a well known cure for skin parasites and scabies.

tea tree oil is known for its anti-parasitic and antimicrobial properties.

The primary uses of tea tree oil are the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions of the oil.

Tea tree oil has been scientifically investigated only recently. Some sources suggest beneficial medical properties when applied topically, including antiviral,[7] antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties.[8]

Tea tree oil is active against Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA.[9] Tea tree oil is less successful for application in the nose.[10] Also, there is clinical evidence that topical dermatological preparations containing tea tree oil may be more effective than conventional antibiotics in preventing transmission of CA-MRSA.[11]

Recent studies support a role for the topical application of tea tree oil in skin care and for the treatment of various diseases and conditions. Tea tree oil appears to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungal infections, mites such as scabies, and lice such as head lice. A 2008 study of in vitro toxicity showed a tea tree oil preparation was more effective against head lice than permethrin, a popular pharmaceutical remedy.[12]

In the treatment of moderate common acne, topical application of 5% tea tree oil has shown an effect comparable to 5% benzoyl peroxide. Albeit with slower onset of action, patients who use tea tree oil experience fewer side effects than those that use benzoyl peroxide treatments.[13]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_tree_oil#Com...
Find one poster on this forum who claims to be cured by Tea Tree Oil! It may have helped people ten or twenty years ago but it is definitely not the case today.
mojo karma cookie

San Mateo, CA

#9 Mar 30, 2012
wrong. it is definitely the case today...

many strains of the scabies mite are resistant to ivermectin.

in fact tea tree oil is a well known fungicide, miticide and flea repellent.

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#10 Mar 30, 2012
mojo karma cookie wrote:
wrong. it is definitely the case today...

many strains of the scabies mite are resistant to ivermectin.

in fact tea tree oil is a well known fungicide, miticide and flea repellent.
You're not helping anyone. Why not suggest something that cures!
mojo karma cookie

San Jose, CA

#11 Mar 31, 2012
both clove oil and tea tree oil are effective in treating scabies. in fact it is you that has added nothing of value to this thread, your gradeschool reasoning skills shameful, your bogus conclusions practically worthless.

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#12 Mar 31, 2012
mitewarrior77 wrote:
It couldn't be as toxic as Clove Oil.
I agree! lots of books say to be very careful with clove oil..but none say to anything about tea tree oil... just use caution...
SlightlyItching

United States

#13 May 5, 2012
I gotta say I did the perm treatment, bleached everything, did the sulfur soap, a bleach mix, and just now did tea tree 100% and then dabbed on clove oil onto the spots right now I feel a cooling relief and hope this means it's working and killing these little jerks. Thanks for the read!!!!
In UK2

UK

#14 May 5, 2012
I've read a medical abstract stating that with ivermectin resistance on the rise, Tea Tree Oil is an avenue of research in future scabies medication. I doubt it's a cure, but I'm using it as an additive. Alarming to me is the rising ivermectin resistance since it is used to protect a good portion of our food source. Is there a connection between this and doctors reluctance to prescribe?
SlightlyItching

United States

#15 Jun 12, 2012
I'm going to post what I did.. Because I'm finally past this nightmare after dealing with everything and feeling majorly exhausted and depressed. The clove oil helped but it wasnt a cure we found out that the new puppy we had, had mange.

What finally worked for me we did a perm treatment only to still be itching and I noticed the dog itching so after all that bleaching and spraying we found out the puppy was the source she had the kind that humans get. So after turning her over to a vet who would treat her and find her a home me and my roommates did what's called a black out. You have to cover your windows and large items in black plastic. We bleached everything with a perm treatment on then all left the house after setting off bombs with everything bagged. Then left and went to our parents house four five days. We all did our last perm treatment and came back home after we were sure that we were better. At our parents house we stayed in one room with plastic covers on the mattresses and pillow cases and washed everything as soon as it came off. This takes dedication because you are cleaning and spraying i used bedbug and lice spray and a whole lot of bleach on everything but at least it was in one room and I never slept on anything or wore anything twice.
The thing about perm is, it does work but everytime I felt an itch I did a spot treatment. It destroys your skin that's the thing to learn. Also sulfur soap made sores on my body and over use of any of these things can mock scabies symptoms.
Post scabies I had some spots pop up and go away but I never had what I did to begin with and it wasn't never as itchy. The thing I did notice and still do are old scar marks that will flare up and itch but I bought some really good lotion the Carmex Healing lotion and that helps and does wonders.
The other thing the black specs the doctor put some under a magnifying glass and said it could have been feces but it looked like fibers and mascara and laughed then I laughed. Think about before this you rubbed your jeans or your eyes or just debree and dirt but now that your scenses are about a 100 you notice everything that you didn't before and obsession sets in to any mark or bump on your body!! Even now just writing about it my skin is crawling again but if I can help someone it's worth it!!
Also, stay off these sites it made it worse for me. I'd read and swear I had it back!!! They are good for ideas but I think the key is getting the environment safe, being consistent, and then you will be fine.
Also, I prayed daily and I remember breaking down one night and telling God that I couldnt go through it anymore that I was putting it in his hands. I was crying so hard because I was simply exhausted. I did as I said I stopped obsessing and left it alone. I've been comforted since. God is good!!!
My steps may have been a little extreme but it worked and Im only itchy every now and then but it's just the normal here and there itch. Mostly people don't give up..It will get better!!!
Rob

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jun 13, 2012
I feel sorry for the puppy. According to this article dogs should not be able to give you scabies.

http://www.medicinenet.com/scabies/article.ht...
FRED

Denver, CO

#17 Jun 13, 2012
Rob wrote:
I feel sorry for the puppy. According to this article dogs should not be able to give you scabies.
http://www.medicinenet.com/scabies/article.ht...
Most of the so called science from articles like that are cut and pasted from dated studies that were inaccurate when they were made. They are the equivelant of a high school book report based on false information. Animals can not only infect humans but they very often do and it is not self limiting. It happened to me and plenty of other people on this forum.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6415133

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21540570

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#18 Jun 13, 2012
i am using tea tree oil as an additive to the Bronners liquid soap that i use, and i apply it directly to sores and open lesions. it's a slow kill cure, still it directily relieves the itching and seems to help the body heal wounds and sores.
FRED

Denver, CO

#19 Jun 13, 2012
mojo karma cookie wrote:
both clove oil and tea tree oil are effective in treating scabies. in fact it is you that has added nothing of value to this thread, your gradeschool reasoning skills shameful, your bogus conclusions practically worthless.
You got that right! If you were a petri dish you'd be cured because that's where all the lab testing has been done with clove and tea tree that I've seen.
Problem is the oils don't go deep enough, you need something that is whole body not just surface treatment. These things get way inside you.

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#20 Jun 13, 2012
james bond 007 wrote:
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You got that right! If you were a petri dish you'd be cured because that's where all the lab testing has been done with clove and tea tree that I've seen.
Problem is the oils don't go deep enough, you need something that is whole body not just surface treatment. These things get way inside you.
oh jiminy crickets. well fred the answer is simple, you don't have to use tea tree oil and clove oil to treat scabies and other sking problems, the fact is both have been shown to work. even worse, you are making false comparisons, maybe you could source your pretended/bogus research concerning tea tree oil and clove oil.

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