Saturday 30 October 2010

Nelsons Tea Tree Cream

Nelsons is a family-owned business and the UK’s largest manufacturer of natural healthcare products - if nothing else, I'm sure you must have heard of their popular Bach Original Flower Remedies or their Rescue Remedy which has an almost cult following in celeb circles- and this year they are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Very impressive stuff - they've certainly had time to really finetune their products in that amount of time !

We received a tube of their award-winning Tea Tree Cream to test. (It won bronze in the 2009/10 Bizzie Baby Awards and is an Ethical Consumer Magazine Best Buy.) The Nelsons website explains, "Our award-winning Nelsons Tea Tree cream is a soothing skin cream prepared using the finest, purest tea tree oil from Australia. Tea tree oil has many uses but is best known for its excellent antiseptic properties."

I didn't actually know tea tree was an antiseptic. I've used many skincare and haircare products in the past that have tea tree in their ingredients list so I knew it was good for the body but didn't really know why. Wikipedia explains, "Tea tree oil has beneficial medical properties when applied topically, including antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral action, and is also believed to have beneficial cosmetic properties." Wow, is there anything it can't do ?! It would appear not, as the article continues : "Tea tree oil has strong activity against Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA". It is also supposed to be an effective treatment against headlice, but I don't recommend you use this antiseptic cream for that - it would be a bit messy !

I tried the cream out on a couple of nasty mosquito bites that were very red and itchy and by the next day, they'd totally disappeared. Sophie also fell off her bike and grazed her knee. I put some of the cream on it and she said it didn't sting, although she didn't like the smell. (It smells of tea tree oil which is a bit like camphor.) The next day, the graze was healing nicely and had no redness at all.
I'm really impressed. It works just as well as the leading antiseptic creams on the market that we usually use but relies on natural ingredients to do the job. The Aborigines who first used it certainly knew their stuff !

star rating : 5/5

RRP : £4.55 for 30g, £5.90 for 50g

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