Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Children? NO!
One of our competitors has made a wildly inaccurate statement on his website claiming that Tea Tree Oil can Kill Children.
Here's picture of that statement:
NONE OF THAT IS TRUE!
Because THAT company is resorting to tactics of deception AND fear-mongering, we have put this page together to provide the TRUTH about Tea Tree Oil.
I have seen some pretty harsh warnings on the Internet from some companies saying Tea Tree Oil is toxic and harmful to children and pets. They infer that LiceKiller is 10% Tea Tree Oil and is a "dangerous" and "reckless" product. Is that true?
No. It is not true. The formula for LiceKiller was designed by a leading Ph.D. Chemist who was instructed to create a product that would be safe enough for infants, while at the same time be extremely effective against head lice.
The deception comes because that company is talking about Tea Tree Oil in its UNDILUTED STATE.
BECAUSE TEA TREE OIL IS VERY POTENT IN ITS UNDILUTED STATE, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE CONSUMER TO UNDERSTAND THAT UNDILUTED TEA TREE OIL APPLIED DIRECTLY TO THE SKIN OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS CAN CAUSE BURNS, IRRITATION AND EVEN SWELLING OF SKIN TISSUE. A FEW DROPS OF TEA TREE OIL WILL GO A LONG WAY IN THE FORMULA, WHEN TREATING MANY DIFFERENT SKIN ISSUES AND AILMENTS.
LiceKiller's active ingredients constitute 8% of the product -- more than any other product on the market. That's what makes it so effective against head lice.
But Tea Tree Oil is only one of six active ingredients. LiceKiller is NOT 10% Tea Tree Oil. It is 8% ESSENTIAL OILS.
Those oils include Neem Seed Oil, Karanja Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil and Peppermint Oil.
Since Tea Tree Oil is quite strong, how much Tea Tree Oil would my child or pet have to drink to cause serious illness or death?
After much laboratory testing, here is the answer to the toxicity of Tea Tree Oil.
A child or pet would have to drink ½ OUNCE OF PURE TEA TREE OIL PER ONE POUND OF BODY WEIGHT to have a 50% chance of death without medical treatment.
Let's translate that into everyday language. If we're talking about an 8 ounce bottle of LiceKiller, and a child weighing 50 pounds, that child would have to drink 120 bottles of LiceKiller or about 10 gallons to have a 50% chance of death.
No child is going to drink 10 gallons. No family is going to have 10 gallons of LiceKiller available for a child to drink. So to claim that a product containing Tea Tree Oil is "dangerous" and could cause the death of children is obviously ridiculous and is a mean-spirited fear tactic.
So where do I find published data confirming this information?
The EUROPEAN COMMISSION: Health & Consumer Protection Directorate-General did a C7 Risk Assement titled "Scientific Committee on Consumer Products SCCP Opinion on Tea Tree Oil."
They studied all aspects of Tea Tree Oil including toxicity.
They studied Oral toxicity and Acute Dermal toxicity. The Toxicological Evaluation (3.3) begins on page 8 of the report.
You can read the entire report at either of the two links below:
So Tea Tree Oil is safe to use as an ingredient. But is it effective or is it just "snake oil"?
Tea Tree Oil and the other essential oils we use are VERY effective. There have been many different studies conducted by prestigious health institutes like the Linus Pauling Institute, the National Institutes of Health (which is the scientific research arm of the FDA), the Australian Tea Tree Oil Foundation, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) and many other organizations that have conducted scientific, clinical and non-clinical studies into many aspects of the importance of essential oils like Tea Tree Oil and Neem Seed Oil.
In general these studies have found that Tea Tree Oil has SUBSTANTIAL EFFICACY against a wide range of agents including: Virus, Bacteria, Micro Organisms, Fungus and Insects of many varieties.
Is it true that organic farmers use essential oils to repel and kill insects?
Yes. As a matter of fact, organic farmers have used essential oils like Neem Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Erigeron Oil and others for over 100 years to keep insects at bay without the use of dangerous pesticides.
A recent study done by the National Institutes of Health showed that certain essential oils are more effective in repelling insects than Deet (a pesticide used in many over-the-counter products to repel mosquitos).
Have there been any negative findings regarding essential oils in general and Tea Tree Oil specifically?
Yes. There was an article published by JAMA in 2007 by several doctors implicating Tea Tree Oil in cases of prepubertal gynecomastia. The test was found to be inconclusive though, since it only had 5 test subjects and was not conducted under strict scientific standards, so the results were questionable. In fact, the study was refuted here: http://www.cropwatch.org/nlet4art1.htm
But to be ultra-safe, we do not recommend that pre-pubescent males use EVERYDAY bath products that contain any amount of Tea Tree Oil.
There is no indication of any adverse effects from intermittent use of Tea Tree Oil.
Other than this one recent JAMA study in 2007, research from the scientific community the world over has confirmed that when used properly, essential oils in general and Tea Tree Oil specifically are wonderful natural products for treating a wide variety of topical skin issues.
ONE FINAL THOUGHT...
Tea Tree Oil is VERY expensive. A five gallon bucket costs $1493. Maybe that other company doesn't want to spend very much money on their ingredients. It probably costs them just pennies to produce their product.
LiceKiller is made from the finest, most effective and SAFEST ingredients money can buy. Those kinds of ingredients aren't cheap!
That is why LiceKiller costs more than other products.
But that is why it works so well.
If you want the best, you want LiceKiller.