Natural remedies seldom receive the recognition that they deserve from practitioners of western or allopathic medicine, and one of the prime examples of this is the versatile and effective tea tree oil. Useful as a topical treatment for a number of maladies, it is also effective for cleaning. Because of its versatility it’s one of those products that you will want to keep on hand to treat everything from burns to head lice. Australian aboriginals have been taking advantage of the benefits of teatree oil for hundreds of years and that is how it caught the attention of Arthur Penfold back in the 1920s. After doing a little basic research and seeing how effectively the oil was being used, he decided that there would be a market for it and he turned tea tree oil into a business.

Despite its many medicinal uses, teatree oil is extremely toxic if taken internally, so its uses are limited to the topical. As a treatment for insect bites and cuts, burns, acne, athlete’s foot and many other health problems, its antifungal and antiseptic capabilities are exceedingly effective. The fact that it is an all-natural solution makes it even more appealing to an ever-increasing number of people who embrace a more holistic way of dealing with injuries and illnesses. While there are more and more infections that have developed a resistance to antibiotics, teatree oil does not appear to have lost any of its effectiveness when used on things like staph infections.

Among its many uses, teatree oil has also become a common component in a variety of natural cleaners. It is being added to laundry detergents and dish detergents as well as all-purpose spray cleaners. In various dilutions it can be used as an efficient germicide on car seats, strollers, and high chairs. Teatree oil can also come in handy as a tub and tile cleanser and is a good way to control mold and mildew. This multifunctional oil has also been shown to be very effective as an insect repellent in the right concentration. Although traditional western medicine has not yet embraced teatree oil and all of its benefits, it is recognized as one of the staples of a good holistic first aid kit. It can handle a wide range of topical health issues, is an effective disinfectant, is becoming easier and easier to locate in stores, and is still available at a reasonable price.