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How Good is Tea Tree Oil?

My Eureka
Every time you hear people say:

"Tea tree oil is excellent, a perfect product to have at home, you can disinfect and it is a great antiseptic for wounds. Plus it leaves your house smell fresh. "~ A lot of random people

While melaleuca oil/ tree tree oil has a variety of uses, there is one use that I would like to show you: the antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil.

First of all I apologize for the photos, I did burn myself quite badly last weekend, and on my right (dominant hand) too! It is quite bad, you can see the size of the popped blister...

Opps
Yup, the blister is broken, and it is high time for bacteria to breed in that nice warm cavity. I have had burns in the past, and they will always get infected once the blister breaks.

How did it break? Well, it is on my dominant hand and I had to work that day, so no surprises there when it finally punctured in one of the corners.

Plus, I am not a person who would leave things be, so I had to poke and prod it until it gave way.

haha...

To help stop bacteria from trying to infect my nice wound, I used tea tree oil and just a few drops before putting a dressing on (waterproof Opsite, pretty expensive)


oh dear?

This picture shows a bad but proof that tea tree really works as a good antibacterial/ antiseptic.

There are no yellow or white spots where the bacteria is making home. My wound is nice and pink, which means that it is healing well enough that I can safely show you this ugly picture.

There you have it, pictures to show that, if you are healthy enough and you are careful enough, tea tree oil is a good item to use on a wound, even burn wounds.

But I have to tell you that it stings like hell! Argh!

Worth the pain, as no infection means that this can heal faster.



For those who think I should not have covered up, modern research (on old sick people with bigger holes) proved that covering up with the appropriate bandage: moisture absorbing to waterproof, does a few things:
1. provide higher temperature for optimum healing
2. provide a stable environment for optimum healing- moist place but not too much fluid
3. protect against extra bacteria trying to make a home
4. prevent worsening of wound.

The old adage of let it scab is no longer valid, hence don't even try that anymore.

Portman's

Just Group Portmans is one of Australia' female fashion brands, and now with Jessica Hart on board, I hope that it will become big. I have shopped in Portmans in the past, their clothing is good in quality, and their price is quite reasonable. It is a pity that I now have a uniform, as I used to love browsing through the racks for some classy work attire. Now that new season is out, make sure you check into their website ^_^ with free shipping you can't go wrong *Portmans is an affiliate*

Dr Lewinn's Eternal Youth Review


Day and Night Cream
Dr Lewinn's is also a Made in Australia Brand, but the brand is aimed for middle to high range market that you can find in pharmacies. I got this for part of my trial team from Beauty Heaven.

The silver packing looks really cool, but it is not as cool as the contents of this Day and Night Cream, and it is called: Eternal Youth. I really want to look youthful forever, hence my excitement when I was chosen to be a trial team member.

*Cue evil snicker*

What does it contain: Diamond, Black Pearl, Vitamin A and Juvefoxo(TM). Juvefoxo is apparently a compound that can minimize DNA damage. Plus it has avocado oil, urea, sodium hyaluronate and a lot of other ingredients.

Impressive list, so you might not be surprised that it claims to: help rejuvenate & slow down visible signs of ageing.

I am ageing really fast, no thanks to him:
Prince Brat
Running around a brat and having to be under the sun is not fun. Even with sun screen, the damage might be reduced, but there is still some. My pores and pigmentation, ah the pain~

Since we are enjoying the spring weather, we are going out more often, even though we use sunscreen (implying me and brat), the sun's UV can still really cook you underneath layers of protection.

So far I am pleased with the results, because I did not get any pimples and it is effective.
My skin feels hydrated and really rejuvenated, a lot of people commented that I looked well despite me feeling otherwise. The only thing that is new is this jar of cream, which I have only used for almost a month.

It is AUD$69.99 at Priceline.
Definitely worth it, because I am using small amounts at night and smaller amount in the morning, I can see the jar lasting for more than 3 months or so.

That equates to roughly $23.33 a month, which is reasonable.

Food Post: my first

sour dough

This might be my second food related post, but this is definitely my new baby. If you are a sourdough person, you might share the sentiment that sourdough starter is like a baby, needing love and care.

Thank goodness it will not grow legs and run, but a sourdough starter does need certain conditions to grow and thrive. I have to admit that I cheated in making this starter. I used yeast, mainly because I was making bread anyway and did not want to waste time growing yeast at home.

If you grow/ keep it long enough, it will eventually cease to matter, as the wild/ local yeast will take over someday as they colonize the whole starter, as some bakers believe. For me, yeast from a packet can still be fed and made into sourdough, it is alive!

You can grow it like Egyptians 3000 years ago and try to colonize wild yeast in the air; or use raisin's natural yeast, but once you have the frothy yeast growing, you have to remember to nourish it with food, if not it will grow ugly and die.

How to know that you have done a good job? It will look like what I have up, and it will smell a lot like beer (alcohol). My baby is almost 1 month old now, so this is also a Full Moon Post.

Please do not ask me anything about sourdough, like you, I am also an amateur and whatever I know came from places like Youtube and Google. But my moderate success has yet to be seen in a bread.

Surprise in Post

Look what I have got as a surprise in my post today:

4 items from Retail Pharmacy Magazine, courtesy of People Plants. This brand is Australian Made, Cruelty Free and Certified Organic.

For those who are questioning the difference, let me link you to the ACO (Australian Certified Organic) website, which will detail how you go about applying for a product to be certified as organic.

For those who are really interested in this aspect of their daily skincare, People Plants have a big range of items that would suit almost any needs. And I have been sent these to try out of myself and hopefully have a chance to review them in the future.

Don't hold your breath, I am not someone who use and leaves them for later, I finish what I have before opening a new product. Once you open them and air gets in, generally the product will start to denature/ loose its potency through oxidation. I don't want that to happen .

Face Scrub
Cleanser


Day Cream

Face Oil

I also like that fact that each packaging has its own routine list. Of course we all know that it is guide, but a good reminder of the things we should be using in our own daily beauty routine. A little disappointed that SUNSCREEN is not on there.

Excited! Stay tuned for more in the future.