Tea Tree Oil: Nature's Antibiotic
What is Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is an oil that is acquired from the leaves of the tea tree. It has long been used for its natural medicinal properties. It can be used for many different things, from acne all the way to toothaches.
Precautions Before Use
I am not a doctor, and it is possible to have allergic reactions to tea tree oil. It is recommended that before starting a treatment using tea tree oil you should first test a small amount of it on your skin to see if you have a reaction. If you do this and have no reactions at all, then you should be fine to proceed with your treatment.
Tea Tree Oil works well for getting rid of lice. Everyone knows how hard lice can be to get rid of once they are present. This is an effective and cost friendly home remedy that should take care of your lice problem easily. You can add a few drop of tea tree oil to your shampoo and conditioner. Then you will want to add some of the oil to a spray bottle to clean pillows and mattresses to get rid of any remaining bugs.
Another ailment which you can treat with Tea Tree Oil is Athlete's Foot. If you have ever had a case of Athlete's Foot you know just how miserable it can be, and also how expensive over the counter treatments can be. To treat this condition with tea tree oil you will need a carrier oil (Olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil), Tea Tree Oil, Cotton balls and clean cotton socks.
First you will need to place 5 drops of your chosen carrier oil on the cotton ball, followed by 5 drops of tea tree oil. Then rub the cotton ball all over the infected area and surrounding areas. After applying the tea tree oil cover your feet with clean cotton socks. Repeat this process two times a day and your athlete's foot should be gone in no time.
Vaginal Infections such as Yeast infections can be absolutely miserable. Not to mention embarrassing when you have to go into the doctor for the problem. I don't personally care for the exams that are required to diagnose this kind of problem. Many people try to treat problems like these at home before going to a doctor because it is such a personal issue. Well look no further, because tea tree oil can help you with this as well. You can use tea tree oil a couple different ways to treat vaginal infections.
You can use a douche, or a sitz bath at home to treat your infection.
If using the douche method you will need to combine 3 drops of tea tree oil, 3 drops of carrier oil, and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Allow the ingredients to mix together for a minute then pour in 2 cups of warm water. You will then need to pour the liquid into a douche bag and shake it until mixed well, then use.
If you would rather use a sitz bath then you just need to fill the tub with just enough water to cover your pelvis. Then add 3 drops of tea tree oil and three drops of carrier oil and mix them into your bath. Sit in the water for about 15 to 20 minutes a day until your symptoms subside.
Either way you decide to go, this could be a much less embarrassing solution to a very personal problem.
Preventing Infection in Cuts and Abrasions
Tea Tree oil is very effective at preventing infections around wounds on your skin. All you need to do is simply apply a small amount of tea tree oil to the wound and then a thin layer of anti-biotic ointment. Do this two or three times a day until your wound is healed and you should have no problem with infections.
Take Your Health into Your Own Hands
Ultimately it is up to you how you treat the ailments in your body. Some people prefer traditional western medicine. Others prefer alternative methods such as herbal remedies. If this path seems like it could be the path for you hopefully this article was helpful in some way. Tea Tree oil really can be a very effective and useful tool to use when you just want to take care of things from the comfort of your home.