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Study: Natural Substances Effective as Topical Defenders against Microbes
Brought to you from the NEEDS Wellness Team

With pharmaceutical antimicrobial topical products losing the battle against reducing and/or preventing cut or wound infection, a return to natural solutions is under review.

British researchers confirm that tea tree oil and silver are both highly effective antimicrobials when used topically on cuts or wounds.They were found to effectively fight bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus (which is a common cause of skin infections and abscesses), and yeast, such as Candida albicans, which causes thrush.They also discovered that combining low concentrations of tea tree oil and silver had a synergistic effect and the combination was an even more potent antimicrobial than either alone.

Taking it a step further, these scientists combined the two ingredients in a liposomal delivery system, made of phospholipids, the naturally occurring lipids or fats in the cell walls. This combination increased its effectiveness against bacteria with lower doses of each ingredient.

It is with hope that this new research will prompt manufacturers to develop a topical product that combines tea tree oil and silver nitrate in a liposomal base. Until that time, one can combine the individual products on an "as-needed" basis to prevent topical infections.

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