Water-Jel contains Tea Tree Oil as a bacteriological Barrier to protect the wound against further contamination.

Tea Tree Oil is a natural product from Australia, which is well known throughout the world. The Australians have used the unique properties of tea tree oil for centuries. At the beginning of the 19th century tea tree oil brought some surprising benefits to modern science.

Tea tree is native to Australia, where it was a traditional medicine for the Aboriginal people, particularly for the Bundjalung tribe. Despite its name, it is unrelated to tea which can be found in most kitchens. Rather it was named by Captain Cook who, upon reaching Australia, brewed a tea-like drink from the leaves.

Tea tree oil has anaesthetic, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. As such, it is valuable as a first aid treatment for a range of small complaints. It makes an excellent topical oil to prevent infections and accelerate the healing of small cuts and grazes, and bruises. It removes the itch and irritation caused by insect bites.

Abstract from a study of North American Science Associates, Inc.:

"The test article, Water-Jel Burn Dressing, was evaluated for primary skin irritation in accordance with the guidelines of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A 0.5 ml dose of the test article was applied to the intact and abraded skin and left in place for 24 hours. Test sites were graded for erythema and edema at 24 and 72 hours after sample application. The study was initiated on July 4, 1988 and terminated on July 7, 1988. Under the conditions of this test, the test article would not be considered a primary irritant to the skin. The Primary Irritation Index was calculated to be 0.00."