Concerns

Oh no! I heard that tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is dangerous and can cause skin irritation and can even be fatal if ingested! How can I safely use this new starter kit oil?

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What is it?

Melaleuca alternifolia is an excellent addition to skin and hair care products, and is highly valued for its skin toning properties. Used this oil in a bath to invigorate the skin.

However, melaleuca alternifolia may cause skin irritation in some people. Yet, in the past 4 years Young Living has received 1 report of mild, transient skin irritation following application of Melaleuca alternifolia according to label instructions. This represents less than 0.005% of all people who have purchased Melaleuca alternifolia in the US during that time.

There are precautions you can take to prevent irritation.

YL recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of EO to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Then observe that area of skin over the course of 1-2 hours for any noticeable reaction. If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the EO and apply V-6 or other carrier oil to the affected area. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. However, if a rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxification; drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins.

Consider discontinuation of petrochemical based soaps and skin care products, detergents and perfumes, as this may be a source of toxins. Before using the EO again, perform a patch test and dilute with carrier oil as needed.

Melaleuca alternifolia is not labeled for oral use and ingestion of <10 mL in children and 30 mL in an adult has been reported to cause adverse effects. Ingestion of Melaleuca alternifolia is not generally recommended.


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