By Gaye Levy
essential oils have been used medicinally for centuries and healing and certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big Pharma to take care of our medical problems. And while it is not a place for pharmaceutical products manufactured in our survival kit, it is possible that none will be available or will be in such short supply that should be reserved only for the most serious circumstances.
For that reason, many preppers and individuals seeking self-sufficiency are learning to use essential oils to manage diseases both routine and not so routine that occur in everyday life. There are about a dozen essential oils and therefore belong in each survival kit including tea tree, mint, lavender, clove, Rosemary and lemon, among others. All these essential oils have healing properties, but today I want to focus on just one, the tea tree oil.
A brief history of oil tea tree
It is believed that the Aborigines of Australia have been using leaves indigenous Melaleuca tree (whose leaves are used to make tea tree oil) in your medicine for centuries. Inhaling oils from crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds, they crushed leaves sprayed on his wounds and use an infusion of leaves soaked for treating skin diseases or sore throat.
Using the oil itself, as opposed to non-extracted vegetable matter, did not become common practice until the investigator Arthur Penfold published the first reports of its antimicrobial activity in a number of documents in the years 1920 and 1930. the evaluation of antimicrobial activity, it was found that tea tree oil, which was 11 times more active than phenol .
The oil industry tree commercial tea was born shortly after although interest in the oil tea tree fell after World War II, presumably due to the development of effective antibiotics and the dwindling image of natural products . Interest was revived in the 1970s as part of the general revival of interest in natural products.
80 oil uses tea tree for survival
For thousands of years, derivatives Tree Malaleuca have been effective in treating a wide variety of ailments. Here are 80 reasons why you should use, too!
abrasions and minor cuts : After clean the area, apply a few drops of oil directly. If a bandage is necessary, wait a couple of drops of oil to penetrate a cotton ball, then fell face down on the wound with a bandage on top.
Acne : Add a drop of their normal cleaning routine or apply a very small amount acne outbreaks. You can also add 20 -. 40 drops of oil washing regular face
freshener : Keep a supply of cotton balls soaked in oil tea tree packaged in a plastic bag or tin. When confronted with bad smells coming from the kitchen, orders moisture from moisture or even the medicinal smell in the sickroom, take some outside air fresheners and eliminate unpleasant odor.
Allergies :. Use topically by massaging the chest, abdomen or reflex points of the feet
Arthritis : To help reduce the pain associated with inflammation of arthritis, add 20 drops of tea tree oil 2 ounces grapeseed oil or other carrier. Massaging the affected area 2-3 times a day.
Asthma : Add a few drops of oil in a pan of water and heat on the stove. When cool, place a towel over your head and breathing for a few minutes.
Athlete’s Foot : thorough cleaning of the feet, especially between the toes. Add the oil directly to feet every two weeks, remove dust with cornstarch later. Or add 10 drops of grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon oil or other carrier and massage on the feet and between the toes every day.
baby care :. Keep the bucket clean and fresh diaper, with a jet of tea tree oil mixed with water
Bacterial Infections :. Use topically, either massage Foot reflex points, adding a few drops to a bath or cautiously applying more than one infected site
bad breath Rinse with water 1 ounce and 1 drop of oil. Do not swallow!
bladder infection : In a shallow bath, add 10 to 15 drops of oil. Sit back and wash the area carefully.
blisters :. I wash the area carefully, then apply used on cuts and wounds
Boils : Apply a warm cloth for a few minutes. Then apply one or two drops of oil to the area -. The infection must rise to the surface and eventually be released
bronchial congestion : Use as directed for asthma. Add 5 to 10 drops of 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage the chest and throat. 2 – 3 times daily
Bronchitis :. Add 1-2 drops in a bowl with hot water and breathing in steam or massage oil on the chest
contusions :. After icing, oiling as described in arthritis
bunions : Massage area with five drops of oil to 1 tbsp. of carrier oil.
Burns : running cold water as ice in the area. After a few minutes, add a mixture of 5 drops of oil with 1 tsp. raw honey. Repeat 3 -. 5 times a day
Calluses and corns : Massage area with 5 drops oil 1 tbsp. of carrier oil. Repeat two times a day. Once the corn or callus have become used to remove soft tweezers, and a few drops of tea tree oil applied and cover with a bandage.
canker sores : Apply one or two drops of oil directly to the infected area with a cotton swab area, 2 times a day. Also, thoroughly rinse as directed for bad breath.
Carbuncles : Add one or two drops of oil cotton swab and apply directly to carbuncle. Repeat twice daily.
chapped lips : Add 1 to 2 drops of oil lip balm. Apply to lips as necessary.
Varicella : Apply a drop of oil directly to blisters. Let dry, then dust with cornstarch. Repeat every few hours or until the blisters disappear.
chigger :. Apply a drop of oil directly to stings
cold sores : Apply one or two drops of oil directly to the sore with a cotton swab. Reapply 2 -. 3 times a day
tose : Use as directed by bronchial infections. For a vaporizer, add 10 drops of steamer and leave on for 5 -. 10 minutes
dander : Add 20 to 30 drops of oil to any shampoo. Apply a few drops on the scalp and massage after washing.
Dermatitis : Add 10 drops of grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon of oil or other and massage into the affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
Dry Skin : Add 5 drops oil 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Massage into the skin.
The earache and infection : Add 2 to 3 drops of oil of hot olive oil 2 tbsp. With an eyedropper, drop a small amount in earache, tilting his head to one side for a moment. Use a cotton swab to absorb the oil. Repeat 2 -. 3 times a day
Eczema : Add 10 drops of oil grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon oil or coconut oil and massage into the affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times a day. They can also be applied undiluted.
Flea bites :. Apply a drop of oil directly to stings
Gout : Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil; massage on the affected area 2-3 times a day.
gum disease :. Create a rinse with purified water, 1 drop of peppermint and 1 drop of tea tree oil
Lice: Add 20 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of shampoo. Massage the scalp and hair, leave for 10 minutes. Rinse. Repeat 3 -. 4 times a day, until the eggs are gone
Hives: Add 10 drops of oil 4 tablespoons witch hazel. Apply with a cotton ball. Or, mix with coconut oil (which is naturally soothing and healing itself) and gently apply to the infected areas.
Homemade Mouthwash :. Making a simple homemade mouthwash with purified water and oil tea tree
Household Cleaning Can aromatically used or added to household cleaners for kill germs and prevent the spread of colds and flus. You can make a general cleaner tea tree by combining 2 tablespoons tea tree oil with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Shake to mix and use for household cleaning tasks. This is especially good in the bathroom and in the bathrooms.
Immune System :. To boost the immune system, spread through the air on a regular basis, massage the soles of the feet to increase the immune response
Infected Wounds: add oil the steaming water, keep the infected area over the steam. Or dilute 1 drop of tea tree with 1 cup water and rinse the affected area 1-2 times a day as needed area.
Inflammation :. massage on inflamed areas, gently and always towards the heart, or diffuse and inhale the oil tea tree directly or indirectly
ingrown hairs: Add 1 to 2 drops oil directly to the area. Repeat every 2 hours or until signs of infection disappear.
Insect Repellent :. Add 15 drops to a quart of water and use as a repellent effective insect
Jock Itch: Apply 10 to 15 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Apply two times a day. The cornstarch powder, to reduce cracking.
laryngitis: Add 5 to 10 drops of oil and a pinch of sea salt with 1 cup of warm water, gargle 2-3 times a day. Do not swallow!
Laundry Assistant. Add 1/2 teaspoon of tea tree oil for laundry for towels and other likely to get moldy tissues
mold and remover mold : Spray cleaner for all use made with 2 teaspoons oil tea tree and 2 cups of water in mold growth. Shake well before use and do not rinse.
mosquito bites :. Apply a drop of oil directly to stings
muscle aches and pains: Add 10-15 drops of oil to half a cup of Epsom salts and dissolved in the bathroom . Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil. Massage well. .
Mumps: massage on the body and feet, and spread through the house
nail fungus: Add 1 – 2 drops of oil directly to the nail and surrounding tissue. Allow to dry completely in your hands before touching anything. Repeat morning and night for a week.
Pest Control: ants and other household pests do not like tea tree oil, so a few drops put at the point of entry will deter. Clean the cabinets with a solution of oil and water to keep ants away.
Psoriasis: Add 10 drops of carrier oil 1 tablespoon oil and massage into the affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times a day. They can also be applied undiluted.
eruptions: mixed with coconut oil and massage the affected areas
Rheumatism. To help reduce the pain associated with the rheumatism, 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 ounces of carrier oil. Massaging the affected are 2-3 times a day.
ringworm: Apply one or two drops of undiluted oil, repeat 2 times a day. You can also mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 drop of lavender oil for extra help.
Rubella :. Dilute as necessary and massage in the affected areas
Sarna :. Apply 1 to 2 drops of oil directly to the area in the morning and evening
sciatica: Add 10 drops of oil carrier oil 1 tablespoon and massage in affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times a day. They can also be applied undiluted.
Seborrhea: For skin: Add 10 drops of oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into the affected areas. Repeat 2-3 times a day. Scalp: Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons of shampoo. Massage the scalp and hair, leave for 10 minutes. Rinse. Repeat 3-4 times a day. Bath: Add 10-15 drops of bath oil
herpes zoster. Add 10-15 drops of oil to half a cup of Epsom salts and dissolved in bathroom. Add 10 drops of oil to 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or coconut oil and massage well.
Shock :. tea tree oil massage the soles of the feet as needed
Sinusitis: Intended Use for bronchial infections. For a vaporizer, add 10 drops of steamer and leave on 5 to 10 minutes. Also add 2 drops to a Neti pot .
Muscle pain: Fill the bathtub with warm water. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water to relax tense muscles.
Sore throat: Add 2 drops of oil to 1 cup of warm water with a pinch of sea salt, gargle 2-3 times a day. Do not swallow!
staph infection :. Best Used topically, rubbed on the soles of the feet to increase the immune response and fight the infection
stye: Add 5 drops of oil to a bowl of water boiling. Towel draped over his head and steam 5 minutes. Apply warm compresses directly to the sty.
Sunburn :. Mix coconut 1TB oil with 1 drop of tea tree and 1 drop of lavender and gently apply to areas burned by the sun
Tattoos: Apply after tattoos to avoid infection. Use undiluted, diluted with coconut oil or as a spray with purified water.
Thrush :. Gargle with sea salt, warm water and 1 drop of tea tree
Ticks :. Apply one or two drops directly to the tick and around
nail fungus: Rub oil tea tree directly on the affected nail and under the tip of the nail. Apply 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil. Apply the oil once a day, preferably before bedtime.
tonsillitis :. Inhale steam with tea tree, gargle, and neck massage and soles
vaginal infection :. Add a few drops to your bathwater
: Viral Infections. diffuse tea tree oil throughout the house or inhaling water vapor
Wart: Apply undiluted directly to the wart. Use morning and night, until the wart begins to disappear. Dilute if necessary for sensitive skin.
Wounds: wound area Soaking in water with tea tree oil, or drizzle a bottle of water with a few drops of oil. Depending on the wound and its own sensitivity that may be able to apply directly.
a note on the carrier oils
In order to effectively use essential oils – not only oil tea tree – it is often necessary to dilute the essential oil in another oil so that it can be easily extended or massage the affected area. These oils are called “carriers” oils. common carriers oils include coconut, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil and others.
fractionated coconut oil [remains liquid] and grapeseed oil are favorites because they are odorless and in the case of fractionated coconut oil, immune to rancidity. In practice, all the oil that can be used if you do not have one of these therapeutic oils close at hand.
The properties of various carrier oils is beyond the scope of this article, but my favorite? Easy. fractionated coconut oil . It is that it is relatively inexpensive, odorless and has a long shelf life so it is perfect for survival equipment.
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THE FINAL WORD
My first experience with oil tea tree occurred in the 80, when I faced a nail fungus that would not go away. Pharmaceutical solutions at the time (and for all I know, even now) were hard and require frequent monitoring of liver enzymes. For a simple non-living fungi, deadly nails, I have chosen to spend. After using a topical application of tea tree oil for three months, the fungus was almost gone.
then became interested in aromatherapy (using essential oils). I read every book I could get my hands on and dabbled create synergies (a combination of two or more oils that create a chemical compound that is greater than the sum of its individual components). My bible then, and even now, is The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood.
Since then, I have used essential oils occasionally for a variety of ailments and has never been disappointed. My recommendation is that you collect some essential oils – and especially some tea tree oil -. And start using them now to complement any other resource that is used to keep your family and your home in the best shape
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and careful preparation!
Backdoor Survival Gaye began to share their distress and concern about the deterioration of our economy and its impact on ordinary people, middle class. She also wanted to be prepper first order and to share their knowledge as they learned along the way. She considers her sharing knowledge of their way to give back and, as always, natural glow very grateful for their contributions. To read more of Gaye Levy, check out his blog at http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/ . You can also visit her Facebook page or sign up to receive email updates by clicking Backdoor Updates survival .