Tea Tree Oil has recently gained popularity because of its built-in ability to aid in the recovery of a lot of ailments. It has powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, due to the over 100+ active compounds contained within tea tree oil.
Since tea tree oil is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, it is a commonly used topical treatment for many fungal and bacterial infections and ailments, such as nail fungus, athlete's foot, and even acne. However it can be used for much more, which we will discuss further.
Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) which is native to Australia. It is considered one of the safer of the essential oils to be used on the skin undiluted, however it is more effective to use it diluted. While it is safe to use undiluted on the skin, it can cause skin irritation to those with sensitive skin. It is a general recommendation to dilute 1 drop of tea tree oil with 3 - 5 drops of a carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil. Additionally, tea tea oil should not be ingested, as it known to cause irritation to the internal organs. However it is non-toxic when applied to the skin.
ACNE – mix 5 drops of tea tree oil with 2 teaspoons of raw honey. Apply to skin and let sit for 6 - 9 minutes before washing off
ARTHRITIS – mix one part of tea tree oil with 10 parts of carrier oil. Warm the mixture and massage into painful joins.
ATHLETE’S FOOT – dilute one part tea tree oil to one part of carrier oil (50% dilution). Apply to infected areas with a cotton ball or cotton swab, twice daily. If the fungal infection is severe and skin cracks are present, it may be too painful to use a 50% dilution, so dilute it down further. Continue using until problem heals.
BLISTERS – use undiluted; or mix 1 drop tea tree oil with 3-4 drops of carrier oil. Apply to the blister area twice daily. This can help heal and prevent infection.
BOILS – use undiluted; or mix 1 drop tea tree oil with 3-4 drops of carrier oil and apply three times daily.
BURNS / SCALDS (MINOR) – dilute 1 part tea tree oil with 10 parts of olive oil. Dab on the burned area.
BRUISES – use undiluted; or mix 1 drop tea tree oil with 3-4 drops of carrier oil, massage in well two or three times daily. Also you can mix four parts Arnica Montana tincture with one part tea tree oil and apply every few hours for two or three days.
CANKER SORES – use undiluted; or mix 1 drop tea tree oil with 3-4 drops of coconut oil. Apply to the affected area using a cotton swab several times a day. Use at the first sign of a problem. Also add three drops to a cup of water, swish around the mouth. Do not swallow.
COLD SORES – use undiluted; or mix 5-10 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply to the cold sore using a cotton swab. Repeat several times a day. It should stop the sore from developing. Use at the first sign of a problem.
CONGESTION / COUGHS – add ten drops tea tree oil to steam bath or vaporizer-inhale. Sprinkle a few drops on a cloth and breathe trough the mouth and exhale trough the nose.
CUTS AND ABRASIONS – place two drops of the tea tree oil in one cup of warm water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution, and dab it on your gash. Apply the solution twice a day until your skin heals.
DANDRUFF – like coconut oil for hair, tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin and remove dandruff. Add 10 drops tea tree oil to an 8 ounce (236 milliliter) bottle of organic shampoo. Shake bottle gently before each use.
DERMATITIS – one part of tea tree oil to ten parts of carrier oil can be massaged into the affected areas.
EAR INFECTIONS – warm three drops of tea tree oil mixed with a teaspoon of olive oil. Make sure it is not too hot and drop a small amount into the ear. Pack ear loosely with a small cotton ball to allow oil to remain in ear. Repeat as necessary.
ECZEMA / PSORIASIS – to make homemade body lotion for these skin conditions, try this blend: mix two tablespoons of coconut oil with ten drops of tea tree oil and apply to affected area.
FUNGAL NAIL INFECTIONS – use undiluted; or mix 1 drop tea tree oil with 3-4 drops of carrier oil. Apply to the nails two to three times a day.
GINGIVITIS – add three to five drops of tea tree oil to a glass of water and swish around mouth twice daily.
GOUT – for pain and discomfort in the joints, mix 1 drop tea tree oil with 3-4 drops of carrier oil. Apply to affected area.
HEAD COLD – mix 10 drops of tea tree oil in a cup of hot water and inhale gently for a few minutes. It can be put in a vaporizer at night.
HEAD LICE – add 10 drops of tea tree oil to shampoo. Massage into hair and leave on for about 10 minutes, rinse and then repeat. Use at least twice a week to make sure the lice are gone. You can also try coconut oil and anise oil solution.
HEMORRHOIDS – can help reduce swelling if applied directly to the inflamed area. A bath with ten drops of oil can be used to soothe and heal.
INSECT BITES AND STINGS – for mosquito bites and bee stings dilute 1 part of tea tree oil in 3 parts of carrier oil and apply to the affected area.
INSECT REPELLENT – a combination of ten drops of oil in water can be applied to areas of the body exposed.
MUSCLE ACHES – mix one part tea tree oil with ten parts of a carrier oil and massage well. Bathe in warm water adding 10 drops of tea tree oil.
POISON OAK AND IVY – one part of tea tree oil to ten parts of carrier oil can be massaged into the affected areas twice daily. A tea tree ointment may also help.
RASHES – one part of tea tree oil to ten parts of carrier oil can be massaged into the affected areas to ease itching and promote healing.
RINGWORM – simply pour tea tree oil directly on a cotton swab then apply it to your spots. If pure tea tree oil irritates your skin, dilute it in warm water.
SHINGLES – mix one part tea tree oil with ten parts of a carrier oil. Warm mixture and apply to painful area two to three times daily until pain subsides.
SINUS PASSAGES OR BLOCKED NASAL – add ten drops of tea tree oil to a boiling water. Tenting your face with a towel, lean over and allow the steam to fill your face and inhale gently. Do not get to close to the steam. You can also sprinkle several drops of the oil into a hot, wet cloth and place over nose for five minutes.
SPRAINS – mix one part tea tree oil with ten parts of a carrier oil and massage into damage area. Add ten drops of tea tree oil to bathwater and soak.
SORE THROAT – add five drops of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water and gargle two to three times a day. Use tea tree lozenges.
SUNBURN – to bring relief and prevent blistering, mix one part tea tree oil with ten parts of a carrier oil. Apply twice daily. You can also add a few drops of the tea tree oil to vitamin E or aloe vera lotion. Apply a few times a day to relive pain, redness and inflammation.
WARTS – mix 4 to 5 drops of tea tree oil with a drop of olive oil and apply the mixture directly to your warts. Repeat this several times a day until symptoms subside. May take several weeks depending on condition.
YEAST INFECTION – mix 3 drops of tea tree oil and 1 drop of carrier oil, and apply the mixture to the affected areas before you sleep. Rinse the area in the morning and repeat the process until the infection is gone.
Tea tree oil should not be ingested because it may be toxic if swallowed. It is only to be used as a topical remedy.
Using tea tree oil at full strength can cause skin irritation. Symptoms include redness, itching, blisters, and a rash.
Prior to using tea tree oil for the first time, apply a drop or two to your inner arm and wait 24 hours to see if any reaction occurs.
Avoid using tea tree oil if pregnant or nursing. Also avoid it for children below the age of six months.
Using tea tree oil in pets may not be safe. Tea tree oil may be toxic to pets if ingested. Veterinary toxicologists found that large amounts of undiluted tea tree oil applied to the skin of cats and dogs caused a hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction.