by Karen Larré
For those of you who know me, you know I LOVE Tea Tree Oil. I learned about it many years ago, when I was recovering from a full-body candida infection which basically disabled me for two years. I read that it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral and although I had to search deep (many pages back online), I learned that it could be taken safely internally to kill unwanted organisms. There was LOTs of information about using it topically but learning anything about taking it internally was very challenging.
The information explained that the reason that taking Tea Tree Oil internally was so hard to find was that a few people took it straight out of the bottle and died. The article said that it had to be diluted, but in a diluted form, it could be very helpful in killing invaders and helping rebalance the body. The information provided did not include whether or not Tea Tree Oil kills “good” bacteria or only “bad”. I was so sick that it didn’t matter to me. I could repopulate my gut with good bacteria later. At that time, I was highly motivated to get back to work and support myself and my daughter.
And so, I started mixing 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil in 4 oz of water and drinking it 3x/day (I worked up to this amount – it’s pretty nasty tasting stuff). I was amazed that I immediately felt better! I learned that taking it on an empty stomach worked better than with food, and that made sense to me. Considering the naturally occurring bacteria on the food in our stomachs, the natural “die off effect” of killing unwanted organisms, I understood why I didn’t feel well after taking it on a full stomach.
For about 15 years, I continued taking 60 drops/day (in the morning with other supplements) on an empty stomach. I experienced that if I had any type of upper respiratory challenge, the Tea Tree Oil cleared my mucus passages instantly. In those cases, I upped my dose to 150 drops/day depending on what I was fighting. (By the way, everyone I’ve recommended this to over the years, who has tried drinking it for an upper respiratory challenge, when they drank enough of it, reported instant relief!) About 8 years ago, a local PhD natural health researched suggested that “because there are no studies showing as to whether Tea Tree Oil kills friendly bacteria as well as bad bacteria, I would save this remedy for when you really need it (to fight something). I would in the meantime, allow your immune system to come back online.” At that time, I gradually weaned myself off of using it daily. In a short time (and to this day), I use it only when I am fighting something.
Over the years, I have tried many brands of Tea Tree Oil, including the expensive ones. I found that my favorite Tea Tree Oil product – Trader Joe’s brand – works just as well (in fact better than some others). They sell a half-ounce bottle (which lasts a while for me) for only $6.99 + tax.
An instruction sheet which I created and edited several times over the years is available. If you would like to receive it, please email me at: email@example.com.
This article is for information purposes only – to share my personal story. Consult your health care provider before consuming any product.