I use the term “medicine cabinet” lightly, as medicine is usually thought of as the modern medicine currently pushed upon us. Don’t get me wrong, modern medicine has its place at times, but unless we are dealing with an extreme circumstance, I find that there are better ways to treat my family’s ailments.
I have been using tea tree oil for well over 20 years. In my family, extended included, it has been used as an antiseptic on cuts and bruises, added to my shampoo bottle to help cure psoriasis on my scalp, mixed with olive oil and put on my baby’s scalp to treat cradle cap, put on a cotton swab and brushed over cold sores, used to treat fungal infections such as toe nail fungus, used to dry out warts, added to my general kitchen and bathroom cleaning products to kill mold and germs, used to dry out and kill the infection behind pimples, and used in a blend with lavender and put on the bottom of the foot and under the nose to help ward off other people’s germs when we are around sick people. I have even mixed a couple drops of tea tree oil with some laundry detergent and used it in a load of wash when my husband has forgotten to take his wet towels out of his swim bag!
Tea tree oil has also been used in the treatment of the MRSA virus, athlete’s foot, toothaches and ringworm. “The antiseptic action of tea tree is thought to be one hundred times more powerful than carbolic acid – and yet it is non poisonous to humans! The Aborigines have been using this indigenous Australian tree in their medicines for centuries”(Worwood).
And my sweet lavender: I keep a bottle in the kitchen in case of a small first degree burn – heals it right up with no scar! We use it at bedtime to help calm the kids before bed (we often mix it into the bath soap). I’ve rubbed a little on my breasts to cure a clogged milk duct and to get rid of the start of a breast infection while nursing. I’ve also rubbed it on my newborn’s tummy when she had trouble with gas. In addition, we’ve used lavender oil to treat headaches, insect bites, and have added it to lotions to help sunburns and rashes.
Lavender oil “is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative, and detoxifier which promotes healing and prevents scaring, and also stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly”(Wordwood).
When buying these oils, make sure you are getting it from a good source! If it seems too cheap, it probably is! You get what you pay for to some extent. However, there are some bigger companies that claim their oils are the best and charge ridiculous prices – watch out for this too. The brands that I use are Poofy Organics, Rocky Mountain Oils, Essence of Vali, and VG Essentials (I am not connected to these brands in anyway, though I do buy them from a store my mother owns – Healthy Alternatives!)
Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. Novato: New World Library, 1991. Print.