Spirit Bear wrote:Disinfectant, Insect repellent,
One tsp Tea Tree Oil to one cup warm water. Place combination in a spray bottle and spray the inside of a trailer to minimize flies. Spray buckets, tools, stalls, etc., when needing to disinfect equipment. Spray your horse and yourself prior to a trail ride and prevent flies from bothering you.
Add two TBS to your wash tub when washing blankets or saddle pads and allow this to soak for 30 minutes to disinfect. Apply Tea Tree Oil directly to cuts and wounds. It will minimize pain and eliminate itching yet stimulates healing. This makes it great for sweet itch, greasy heel, ringworm and other dermatitises.
Be sure you buy a good quality of tea tree oil ( Melaleuca alternifolia). There are some cheap bad quality or chemical oils on the market too.
It works also very good for dogs against fleas and thicks. Spray your dog with a mixture of 10 to 15 drops of tea tree mixed in a little water. Or add the drops to some almond oil and massage in the fur.
I have good results with this. When we go to the forrests in the Ardennes where there are a lot of thicks, my dog never got one while dogs who had frontline chemical anti flea and thick repellant had a lot of thicks on them.
You can also put some drops of tea tree on your pillow to keep away mosquitos at night. But as tea tree oil has a very strong smell and lot of people don't like it, maybe it also keeps your wife/husband away... lol
CAUTION! Never use tee trea oil on your cats, it can be toxic for our feline friends.
Way, way, way to much for dogs! Even for horses I would not use more then 2 drops straight on like that!! Tea tree isn't soluble in water so you are giving your dog pure tea tree oil on it's skin, which is known to cause ataxia and other neurological symptoms. (those symptoms are reversible, but still...) And also not unimportant: most dogs hate the smell!! (and the warning with cats goes for all e.oils unfortunately, darn cat livers..)
Didn't here back yet CB, it was also a mixture with essential oils, she made a lot of money selling it at her stable last year
Spirit Bear wrote:What I wrote before is how I learned it at my holistical medicine for animals course and paraveterinary training 17 years ago. I've worked in an animal hospital for years and we have never seen any problems. I know that lately there are discussions about the use of tea tree with a pro and con camp. I can only speak of my experiences and they are positive.
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