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Tea tree oil

MagazineApril 2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1)Tea tree oil

This has occurred in the wake of a handful of reports that using the oil neat could cause rashes, allergies and even feminization in boys, and that undiluted, the oil degrades rapidly, becoming more potent

This has occurred in the wake of a handful of reports that using the oil neat could cause rashes, allergies and even feminization in boys, and that undiluted, the oil degrades rapidly, becoming more potent. Although it won't affect cosmetic products using the oil in concentrations of less than 1 per cent, last month, the EU asked firms that make the undiluted oil to produce evidence that the oil is safe to sell to the public.

According to Robert Tisserand, the pioneering aromatherapist and prin-cipal of the Tisserand Institute in London, the press evidence cited was "selectively quoted" and "flawed and misleading". Although the neat oil can cause skin allergy in susceptible individuals, he says that the claim that it degrades rapidly has been exposed as flawed by Christine Carson at the University of Western Australia.

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