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How to Use Tea Tree OilCaution : Most people can safely apply neat Tea Tree Oil to the skin. Around 1% of people may have an allergic reaction to full strength Tea Tree Oil and a few may even have a reaction when the oil is diluted. If you have not used Tea Tree Oil before, you are advised to apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area to check for any reaction before using the oil more widely.
Acne, Boils etc.
For a facial sauna, use as for inhalant below, If you can tolerate full strength oil, it is suitable for topical application to a boil. It is advisable to use the full strength oil on an occasional basis only. If you dilute it in a carrier oil, such as almond oil, you will find 5-10% is still effective. For a non-greasy version you could add a few drops to aloe vera gel or a lotion you normally use.
The equine use of Tea Tree Oil is extensive and it seems safe for larger animals such as sheep and cattle. However, extreme care must be taken with smaller animals, even though use is often recommended for parasites in particular. Cats in particular seem particularly sensitive and can exhibit a toxic reaction with neat oil – however caution should be exercised even when using dilute oil.
Tea Tree Oil is effective for ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush (candida).
Antiseptic Moisturising Skin Gel
Mix about 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil with 50ml of pure Aloe Vera Gel and add the contents of a Vitamin E capsule. Mix well, preferably by shaking. Use as required.
Tea Tree provides symptomatic relief when applied in a dilute solution to itchy areas in measles, chicken pox, cold sores, verrucas and warts. It is beneficial when inhaled in relief from flu and colds.
Athletes Foot (Tinea Pedis)
Add a few drops to a footbath and soak the feet. Dry feet well and rub in with diluted oil.
Bites and Stings
Dab with full strength oil.
Please note: tea tree essential oil can be dangerous if swallowed. Always keep it out of reach of children. Tea tree oil can be diluted and used externally on children’s skin. We do not advise use on very young children.
Cold Sores (herpes simplex)
"In a randomized, placebo-controlled pilot study of tea tree oil in the treatment of herpes cold sores, tea tree oil was found to have similar degree of activity as 5% acyclovir”. (Source: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, May 2001, page 450)
Dandruff, Scalp Health
Add a few drops of oil to your favourite shampoo and conditioner. It can also be added to styling gels.
2-3 drops in a cup of warm water makes an effective mouthwash or gargle. The general advice would be that you may swish but not swallow. (Alternate with 3% hydrogen peroxide and you’ll barely need a toothbrush!)
Hand Wash (Anti-bacterial)
Add a few drops of oil to a dispenser of liquid soap and shake to mix.
Headaches & Migraine
Massaging Tea Tree Oil into the temples or forehead gives many people partial or total relief.
Head LiceFor further advice see http://www.forparentsbyparents.com/index.html?pn=1297
Add to shampoo, conditioner or hair gel (or use the aloe vera mixture above). The smell deters the bugs! Mix 1 part oil to 10 parts water and spray head before going out.
To relieve congestion and fight blocked sinuses or sore throats, add 2 drops of tea tree oil in a basin of just boiled water. Cover head and inhale for 5-10 minutes.
Mix 1 part oil to 10 parts water and spray over exposed areas before going out.
Add 3-5 drops of Tea Tree oil to 30ml of base oil and massage twice a day for rheumatic pain. A weekly massage with 3-5 drops of oil per 30ml of base oil may help to strengthen the immune system.
Shower and Bath
Add about 25 drops to a bottle of your favourite shower gel, or bath additive. Or simply add 3-5 drops to the bath water when running your bath.
Add about 25 drops to a spray bottle of water. Shake well before use. Spray the toilet bowl, sinks and surfaces.
Toothache & Gum Infections
If you cannot get to a dentist and you have a toothache, apply 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil directly to the area using a cotton swab. The tea tree oil will penetrate the gum or tooth to kill the bacteria causing the pain. Gingivitis can also be treated by applying the oil directly to the gums twice a day. Also use a Tea Tree oil gargle.
Your toothbrush is probably teeming with germs and can be a source of infection! Stand it head down in the glass with a few drops of oil in some water now and then.
Add a drop to your toothbrush before brushing.
Add a few drops to water and bathe and cleanse grazes and cuts. You can also apply diluted oil to the wounded area once dried, particularly useful if you wish to leave the area uncovered.
Some women find tea tree oil helpful in stopping thrush. Its effectiveness in fighting candida albicans is also supported by scientific studies. Three options for using tea tree oil for thrush:
- put tea tree oil on the tip of a tampon and insert it into your vagina
- put tea tree on a panty liner or towel
- dampen cotton wool with tea tree (mixed with water) and gently wipe around the vaginal area
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