True Blue Organics Showcases Tea Tree based Products at Mystery Creek 2012
This was an opportunity to introduce and promote BioGro, its scope and services to more than 122,000 visitors from around New Zealand and 38 other countries.
True Blue Organics was pleased to represent the Health and Body Care area and to promote Tea Tree products that would be of interest to farmers and growers.
True Blue Organics has been supplying some Canterbury sheep farmers with Tea Tree hydrosol for several seasons with good results. The hydrosol is being used both as a preventative repellent and to treat early indications of fly strike. It is also useful as an anti bacterial spray after docking and for any signs of infection.
Tea Tree oil is currently being tested at research centres in Australia for its potential to help sheep farmers cope with fly strike and sheep lice.
“The use of many natural products on a commercial scale has often been hampered by its variable quality but tea tree oil is very well placed in this regard as its composition is specified under an international standard, ISO 4730. This ensures the supply of a consistent product, which is essential when using a product as an insecticide. “
“Getting the formulation exactly right is vital and it’s something that will require more research. Its not as simple as mixing tea tree oil with water and applying it to your sheep; its a complex and exact science. More research needs to be conducted before we can definitively say that tea tree oil is a viable treatment for fly strike and lice infestations however these initial findings are very encouraging.” … read more
Other research in Australia is focusing on the potential of some essential oils, including Tea Tree oil, to help dairy farmers, not just organic farmers, cope with mastitis. The Weekly Times printed an article on April 20, 2012 titled: Essential oils boost for dairy.
Lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree oils have come under the microscope at Charles Sturt University’s School of Animal and Veterinary Science, where PhD student Lynne Appleby is researching their effect on mastitis-causing bacteria.
Ms Appleby said combinations of these and other oils, because of their anti-bacterial action, could provide a breakthrough in treating the disease without antibiotics.
“Mastitis is complex, it’s not just one organism – there are five main bacteria involved in it,” she said.
“So we’re trying to find something that may be useful against all the predominant forms.” … read more