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I enjoyed you article and was actually surprised at some of the findings. In my book. science takes a place over an old wives tale any time. However, when you said in your paragraph about not using a petroleum product on tree wounds because we wouldn't do that to our own body's wounds I had to smile. We actually do just that on a regular basis. Petroleum jelly is definitely a petroleum product and most of the antibiotic salves we use have it for a base with the other ingredients added. Usually that ratio of the petroleum jelly to the active ingredients is very high. as much as 98% in some preparations. I have found through my life that I have to be very careful around anything that is a petroleum dirivative as it causes a allergic reaction yet I have used petroleum based medications to relieve an allergic outbreak. Doesn't seem too smart, does it? I finally talked to my pharmacist about it and was told that he could make any preparation but use a different base for it. There are actually plant based preparations he is now using for me. They are not in a tube like we are used to getting things but in a little flat tin but they work exactly the same and I feel much better about using them. He also told me that there is an illness called Stephans Johnson syndrome that is a terrible illness that our own body can cause when using very simple things like taking asprin even though we have used it all our lives. This over reaction can be fatal and quite frequently is because it is not the kind of thing that is easily diagnosed. I do know a young woman who had raw weeping sores all over her upper body and face and it was from a change in her birth control pills. I wonder how many people do have bad reations to plain old petroleum jelly but there doesn't seem to be any information on it. My grandmother used to make a salve for drawing and healing and it was called Meade salve...because that was the family name. I was asking an aunt what was in it since I didn't want the old recipe to disappear. The aunt told me that she had helped her mother make it many times and could whip up a batch if she just knew where to get the coal tar that was the base for it and the reason it was black. I nearly fell over when she told me that. When I thought about it, it was very similar to the tar that was commonly put on tree wounds and that brings us full circle to your admonition that we not put it on the trees if we wouldn't put it on our own body. Enough said!