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Tea Tree Oil and Sol-U-Mel for Animals

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Summertime can be hard for our four-legged friends. Hot wet weather can trigger an explosion of biting insects, and high humidity fuels fungal infections. And then there are hard-to-heal cuts and scrapes that are common in the life of an outdoor animal. Like humans, animals can be harmed by contact with pesticides and chemicals. An added danger is that some chemicals used to prevent and treat ticks and fleas can be toxic not only to our pets but also to humans, particularly children.


The Melaleuca Wellness Guide lists 50 ailments that affect dogs. Dogs appear to do quite well when treated with Sol-U-Mel, Renew Bath Oil, and diluted T36-C5.

CAUTION: T36-C5 Melaleuca Oil needs to be diluted. There is an increased risk of an adverse reaction the stronger the solution, the longer it is used and the larger the area covered (even more so if your dog is light haired or gray). See dilution recommendations in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide.

If your dog is prone to picking up fleas, keep his fur well groomed and regularly bathe your dog with ProCare Professional Pet Shampoo. All you need is a teaspoon of the product and shampoo away! Rinse well and your dog's coat will remain in very good condition. Melaleuca Original Shampoo also has Melaleuca Oil and discourages pests, and is an excellent solution if you don't have ProCare Shampoo on hand.

Coat conditioner used in between bathing your dog keeps its coat healthy and pest free. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide suggests 3 to 5 drops of T36-C5 in 1-1/2 cups of carrier oil. Jojoba oil may be a little more expensive but it really does make a difference to the coat. Store this mixture in a dark glass bottle in a cool place. Sprinkle a few drops all over the coat, especially around the neck area, and comb through the fur.

Ear infections can be caused by parasites, or a scratch or bite from another dog. When treating the ears, use a dropper and massage the ears after medicating them. Be careful of the animal shaking its head. Do not put the dropper inside the ear. Apply a slightly warmed mixture of the following twice each day if possible until alleviated. Swab the excess along the flap of the ear with a cotton ball. Mix 1 to 2 drops of T36-C5 with 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Apply a couple of drops of this mixture to each ear as directed above.


The Melaleuca Wellness Guide lists over 40 ailments that affect cats. Never use undiluted T36-C5 on your cat. If he can, a cat will lick and groom an injured area. Using undiluted tea tree oil, or applying it over a large area, or using it for a long period of time could cause an adverse reaction. Never use T36-C5 on a cat with impaired liver or kidney function, or on young kittens without the guidance of a vet. Light-haired cats and pedigree cats may be more sensitive. That said your adult cat can benefit greatly by using diluted T36-C5 for minor first aid applications. A tiny bit of T36-C5 goes a long way. See dilution recommendations in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide. Apply twice a day to the immediate area, until healed. Do not saturate the skin more than necessary.

If a cat has a flea problem the best thing you can do is keep his fur well combed, and every 7-10 days bathe the cat with the following mixture: 1 teaspoon Melaleuca Original Shampoo and 1 teaspoon jojoba oil. Shampoo the cat avoiding the eyes. Rinse well.

Cats often get into fights. It is a natural territorial trait. Bathe wounds, bites, scratches, etc with an antiseptic wash made by adding 2 drops of T36-C5 mixed with 4 drops of carrier oil to a bowl of warm water. Agitate the water well to mix and apply to a localized area with a cotton ball. Bathe twice a day to help stop infection. For larger wounds, or wounds that are slow to heal, seek advice from a vet. After bathing, apply antiseptic oil. Either use a dilution of T36-C5 that is appropriate for your cat or apply MelaGel to the area.


The Melaleuca Wellness Guide lists over 40 ailments that affect horses. It also contains a separate chapter on farm animals. Make an "all purpose spray mixture" for horses by combining 16 ounces of Sol-U-Mel and 4 ounces of Tough & Tender in a 1-gallon bucket of water. Blend thoroughly and use this as a spray for challenging areas such as cuts, scrapes and burns. Sol-U-Mel works well as a spray because it is made of almost 10% Melaleuca Oil in a solution that makes it water-soluble.

T35-C5 is very effective when used on almost any injury, as is MelaGel and Triple Antibiotic Ointment. For fly control in the stall areas, spray the area liberally with a 16-ounce spray bottle of water mixed with 1 teaspoon of Tough & Tender and 2 ounces of Sol-U-Mel. Carefully protect the horse's eyes and face from any type of spray. Apply liberally early in the day. This solution may be sprayed on the horse's body to repel flies. Melaleuca Original Shampoo can be used to get rid of lice and discourage ticks. It also softens mane and tail hair, encourages growth, and prevents tangles. And it is antistatic, which means dust does not collect as readily. In addition it helps prevent any skin fungus. Today's Horse gives several tea tree oil remedies that can be used on horses.


Tea tree oil is a well-known anti-lice remedy. From Stock and Land we learn about research showing great success in using tea tree oil to prevent lice infestations and kill blowfly maggot larvae. The research was conducted on sheep. A 1% tea tree oil formulation produced a 100% kill rate of lice and lice eggs! Stay tuned more more on lice in the next newsletter.

The recently published Practical Guide to Essential Oils explains how to make an essential oil dilution. To make a 1% dilution, add 9 drops of T36-C5 to 2 tablespoons (30ml or 1 ounce) carrier oil.


All life, whether human or animal, benefit by using safer products. Applying harmful pesticides can be dangerous not only to our pets and the person applying the products, but also to the rest of the family. Fortunately we have safer solutions and recommendations on how to use them.

~ Richard M Barry

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Many Melaleuca Marketing Executives have found that when they make sure their new customers have The Melaleuca Wellness Guide, they are happier with their choice to switch stores. Using The Melaleuca Wellness Guide helps people understand the many applications for Melaleuca products. Understanding of the products helps create product-centered organizations which have higher average order size and retention rates.


Tea Tree Oil and Sol-U-Mel for Animals Reviews

The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.

My sister helps care for four cats. She was purchasing flea collars for them every eight months. I suggested that she spray them with a Sol-U-Mel solution. To her delight, this proved to be a much better solution, one that she truly preferred over the expensive collars with undesirable chemicals. She sprays the cats with the solution about every two weeks.

~ Cynthia

This year has been horrible for mosquitoes and biting flies! We use a recipe of Melaleuca products that are extremely effective and very affordable for our horses and dogs.

Horse Fly Spray: In empty quart spray bottle mix 1/4 cup of Tough & Tender, 1/8 cup of Sol-U-Mel, 10 drops each of T36-C5 oil, lemongrass oil, lavender oil. Fill to the top with water.

This horse fly spray can be used on dogs as well, but for the dogs' ears we use: 3 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil, 10 drops each of T36-C5 oil, lemongrass oil, lavender oil. Apply with a cotton ball to the tips of the ears. It lasts for several days!!

~ Carrie

I am a dog rescuer and proud mom of two rescue dogs. One of them, my little Chi Weenie, is a cancer survivor; but I didn't go with "traditional" chemo and radiation. I researched, took him to a holistic vet, and have been treating him with all-natural supplements (including ProCare Skin & Coat Treats for his omega-3s). Two of the measures that I immediately took were switching my dogs to bottled water and getting any and all harmful cleaning products out of the house. Since products containing chlorine or ammonia "out-gas", even through the plastic bottles, it was important to have ONLY Melaleuca cleaning products in the house. For the first few months after I rescued him, he would occasionally pee in the house. I've used a variety of products before, but nothing compares with the stain-removal and smell neutralizing power of Sol-U-Mel! I blot up the excess liquid with a towel, spray Sol-U-Mel on the spot, rinse out the towel, wait 10 to 15 minutes, and then apply the wet towel to the spot, stepping on it to remove the deep-down moisture. When I pick up the towel, the stain is gone and so is the smell! I have a big dog, too, a German shorthaired pointer mix. He is prone to yeast infections in his ears and my previous big dog got ear mites a couple of times a year. The solution for both is the same: Melaleuca oil in warm olive oil. I instill several drops of the oil mixture in the ear canal with an eye dropper and gently rub the outside of the ear to distribute the oil throughout. I do this twice a day with the result that, after 3-4 treatments, the infection is all cleared up! This is MUCH less expensive than veterinary medications and it works much FASTER. Melaleuca Oil and MelaGel are also important components of my first aid kit and I've used both successfully on the minor cuts and scrapes that my big guy occasionally sustains. Of course, he wants to lick, but I find that after one or two licks, the taste deters him and he'll leave it alone to heal. As a dog "parent", I wouldn't be without Melaleuca products! - Thanks,

~ Kathryn

While in Hawaii, when I was doing barefoot hoof trimming, I noticed that quite a few horses suffered from "rain rot" on their backs! Horse owners would tell me that it was common due to the constantly wet environment. I went with my neighbor to try our Melaleuca oil and diluted Sol-U-Mel, directly on the rotting fur region. Within just three days, the patch began to heal. It later disappeared altogether!

~ Mimi

We have an adorable, white, part Chihuahua, part wire hair Terrier. Just like her name suggests, her hair can get very wiry and not very pretty. We use the ProCare dog shampoo from Melaleuca and she comes out so soft. But she also has seborrhea. This makes her get extremely oily and stinky on her fur, especially around her head. I discovered that I could add a few drops of Melaleuca oil to the shampoo and it helps tremendously with her skin issues. I just rinse very well and wash again with the ProCare to make sure there's no oil remaining on her skin and we have our beautiful white doggy back!

~ Kara

I used to get so frustrated taking my dog out for a walk in the park, because the deer flies would always be circling around his head, looking for a place to land and bite him. I decided to spray him with diluted Sol-U-Mel and never had that problem again. They would come around and leave immediately, not even attempting to land on him. It made the walks so much more enjoyable. He never ever got fleas and I am sure the Sol-U-Mel was the reason too.

~ Jo-Ann

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