Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Tea Tree Oil for Mouth Sores
It's antiseptic and helps them heal faster.
I like to use this remedy - just a drop - on mouth sores when I get them. I put the drop on my finger, then rub it on the sore(s). There are warnings against it internally; however, health food stores do sell tea tree oil toothpicks, and many brands of toothpaste and mouthwash they sell contain it.
In my experience, a small amount has done no apparent harm - just be very careful not to swallow it. Tea tree oil is toxic if swallowed. (Expectorate your saliva for a minute or two after using.) You can also add a drop to a small amount of water and use as a mouth rinse. (Use caution, do not swallow!) Oh, and while I'm issuing cautions, be sure to wash your finger well after if you use it to apply the oil, lest you rub your eye later and cause yourself pain and or harm. (Or both!)
Without it, a sore will last me several days. With it, the pain diminishes right away, and the sore seems to heal much faster. Sometimes I don't even notice it again after the first application, other times it takes two or three applications, usually just after brushing my teeth.
It's also useful for cuts and scrapes, but shouldn't be used on an open wound.
Additional properties: antifungal, antiviral. (External use only. Good addition to natural household cleaning solutions.)
More info on this remedy:
Doctors test tea tree oil body wash for MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus] article on Reuters website.
Numerous cautions on the NIH website, including cautions against using orally.
Use and precautions on American Cancer Society's website. Also has info on who is more likely to have allergic reactions to this remedy.
Order Tea Tree Oil at Amazon.com.