In praise of tea tree oil

May 24, 2007 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Tea tree oil is fantastic. Not only has gargling with it been good for my sore throat (WHY did I get ill just as finals started??), but it’s also cleared up a long-standing problem! (Touch wood.) I had an accident when I was really small and had stitches in my nose, and recently I’ve been getting a lot of pain and itchiness and occasional bleeding around the scar tissue. (Sorry if that’s too much information.) Anyway, I went to see my GP and got referred to a consultant and she said ‘oh, it’s just an slight inflammation, go home and put Vaseline on it’.

Now, I’ve been putting Vaseline on it for about 9 months, and while it’s quite soothing, it hasn’t actually cleared up the problem. In sheer desperation last week, I used some tea tree oil. It stung rather, but after a few days, my nose feels like a normal person’s nose! Hurrah!

So, petroleum = bad.

Things from trees = good.

Things from trees coming from Australia = less good.

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