Tea Tree Oil - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 8 Old 05-18-2002, 12:24 AM - Thread Starter
 
Nawny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 78
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've heard some scary things about tea tree oil, and I'm wondering what you all know... A neighbor of mine got a tiny bit of a facial astringent containing tea tree oil in her eye and wound up in the emergency room, then wore an eye patch for a week. Her doctor told her it was a very bad idea to put anything with tea tree oil anywhere on her face. Another friend says that they use the active ingredient in tea tree oil in his lab, and it's got worse warnings and cautions statements on it than bleach.

Anyone know about this? Just how "non-toxic" is tea tree oil?

Thanks in advance.
Nawny is offline  
#2 of 8 Old 05-18-2002, 01:35 PM
 
steffanie3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Idaho
Posts: 1,690
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hmmm.

I would wonder if it is something else in the astringent, maybe alcohol that caused her the problem.

I have gotten it in my eye, from it being on my fingers, and it didn't feel wonderful, but it really didn't warant going to the hospital. It went away with in ten minutes. That was the pure oil and it would be in much stronger portion (100%) than in a cleanser.

My thoughts,
Stephanie

Stephanie married to Jerry  partners.gif  mama to  modifiedartist.gif (10) and superhero.gif(7) and 3rdtri.gif
steffanie3 is offline  
#3 of 8 Old 05-21-2002, 02:52 AM
 
berglar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I use a face wash with tea tree oil, and have gotten it in my eyes. I agree that it's no picnic, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it, but I lived to see another day. (pun intended)

Use it carefully.
berglar is offline  
#4 of 8 Old 05-21-2002, 03:22 AM
 
emmaline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: melbourne, australia
Posts: 1,921
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
tea tree oil non-toxic??:

my very allergic ds is very sensitive to it, any moisturiser or insect repellant etc with tea tree in it gives him a very uncomfortable rash

treat any essential oil with caution
emmaline is offline  
#5 of 8 Old 05-23-2002, 04:52 PM
 
USAmma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Arizona
Posts: 18,846
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just because things are natural does not mean they are safe for everyday use. Tea tree oil sure does make my dd's diapers smell better though!

7yo: "Mom,I know which man is on a quarter and which on is on a nickel. They both have ponytails, but one man has a collar and the other man is naked. The naked man was our first president."
 
USAmma is offline  
#6 of 8 Old 05-26-2002, 08:36 PM
 
Lila's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: In the great big laundry mountains
Posts: 1,551
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Any essential oil should never be used straight. They are meant to be diluted. Tea tree oil is a very effective and usually safe antiseptic. Because it causes allergies in some people does not make it bad for everyone. It can be very beneficial to some, as well. As with any essential oil, it should be used with caution. Never put straight on the skin, but diluted, and it is not meant to be put in the eyes. Just be careful with it. That's all.

Just your typical non-theistic, liberal, blended family.

Thank you, Mothering, for the past twelve years of support and community. I look forward to many more.
rocks.jpggrouphug.gif

Lila is offline  
#7 of 8 Old 06-02-2002, 04:12 AM - Thread Starter
 
Nawny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 78
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for all of your replies!

I finally took the time today to try to answer some of my questions online, and thought some of you might appreciate a little report.

From what I can gather, tea tree oil IS toxic, if ingested. (I know I'm nitpicking here , and I apologize , but it says "natural and non-toxic living" in the description for this board, and tea tree oil is certainly natural, but it is also toxic. Not as safe as vinegar, for example.) So don't ingest it. It is pretty safe for skin, although some people are sensitive/allergic. It should be diluted (1/10 is a good ratio, although 1/2 is also considered pretty safe). It can be very toxic for pets (I didn't read all of the pet info, but it is out there). I'm posting some urls below.

This one looks pretty thorough and useful, the FAQ section answered some of my questions...
http://www.meddent.uwa.edu.au/TeaTree/default.htm#Home

This one is scary, and probably overstating the dangers associated with tea tree oil, but certainly got me thinking about it...
http://www.exoticbird.com/gillian/teatree.html

Here is another more balanced report...
http://www.geocities.com/chadrx/teatree.html

And another, with all the specific uses...
http://thursdayplantation.com/tea_tree/research.html

There is more out there, but I ran out of patience.

Happy cleaning...
Nawny is offline  
#8 of 8 Old 06-06-2002, 12:22 PM
 
CorbinsMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
edited because it is against the user rules at mothering to post quotes from other people/sources. Feel free to paraphrase in your own words, though
PM me or email me if you have any questions about the registration agreement
Bombouski@hotmail.com
LaLa


Sounds great huh?! I think anything used incorrectly could be a little dangerous. I've never had a bad reaction to Tea Tree Oil and all my cleaning products contain it. It does kill every bacteria known to man.
Blessings,
HeatherMomsWIN
CorbinsMom is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off