Summer is almost here which means people tend to spend more time outdoors. Of course, here in Hawaii some of us spend time outdoors year around. The tropical balmy weather allows us to do that. In addition, you can surf, swim, run, hike, bike, walk, year around. However, all that fun in the sun can lead to more cuts, wounds, and insect bites. If you have diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for wound and fungal infections. Unfortunately, when you live in a tropical paradise there is an increase in athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. To avoid all fungal infections, keep your blood sugars in a normal range. Also, keep your feet clean and dry. Fungal infections are just a yeast overgrowth in the body. Did you know that yeasts grow rapidly in an acidic high blood sugar environment? Yes. Yeasts love sugar!
There is an antiseptic you can use, even if you have diabetes. This essential oil is called Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil 100%. My favorite one is Thursday Plantation 100% Pure Australia’s Original Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic. Tea tree oil is used topically to disinfect minor cuts, minor burns, scrapes, abrasions, insect bites and stings. In addition, tea tree oil is being used for athlete’s foot, fungal infections, hair, and scalp problems.
It’s crucial before you start using Tea Tree Oil to consult with your doctor. Also, never take it internally and keep away from your eyes, mouth, ears or other sensitive areas of the body. You must never use it around your pets as it’s highly toxic to cats, dogs, and other animals. In addition, keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Of course, if your condition worsens or does not improve stop use and see your doctor immediately.
This summer, make sure you have Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic in your medicine cabinet.
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Have a sweet summer!