Enhance your hand washing with Tea Tree Oil

Enhance your hand washing with Tea Tree Oil
March 10, 2020 – by BKB Media Consulting Collaborator
In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) The CDC recommends:
Household members should clean hands often by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Kanberra Soap along with all other Kanberra products contain Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Kanberra only uses Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil (TTO) certified by ATTIA Ltd.
A study published in the US National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health had the following results:
• AIMS: To investigate the in vitro antiviral activity of Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (TTO) and its main components…
• CONCLUSIONS: These data show that TTO has an antiviral activity.

In vitro antiviral activity of Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil.
• AIMS: 
To investigate the in vitro antiviral activity of Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (TTO) and its main components, terpinen-4-ol, alpha-terpinene, gamma-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene and alpha-terpineol.
• METHODS AND RESULTS: 
The antiviral activity of tested compounds was evaluated against polio type 1, ECHO 9, Coxsackie B1, adeno type 2, herpes simplex (HSV) type 1 and 2 viruses by 50% plaque reduction assay. The anti-influenza virus assay was based on the inhibition of the virus-induced cytopathogenicity. Results obtained from our screening demonstrated that the TTO and some of its components (the terpinen-4-ol, the terpinolene, the alpha-terpineol) have an inhibitory effect on influenza A/PR/8 virus subtype H1N1 replication at doses below the cytotoxic dose. The ID(50) value of the TTO was found to be 0.0006% (v/v) and was much lower than its CD(50) (0.025% v/v). All the compounds were ineffective against polio 1, adeno 2, ECHO 9, Coxsackie B1, HSV-1 and HSV-2. None of the tested compounds showed virucidal activity. Only a slight virucidal effect was observed for TTO (0.125% v/v) against HSV-1 and HSV-2.
• CONCLUSIONS: 

These data show that TTO has an antiviral activity against influenza A/PR/8 virus subtype H1N1 and that antiviral activity has been principally attributed to terpinen-4-ol, the main active component.
• SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: 
TTO should be a promising drug in the treatment of influenza virus infection.

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