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The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Yeast Infections

Updated on January 22, 2016
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As a researcher and author, John provides information in an easy-to-understand way that helps readers understand their condition.

Tea Trees near Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia. From a painting by Eugène von Guérard
Tea Trees near Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia. From a painting by Eugène von Guérard

Why Use Tea Tree Oil for Your Yeast Infection ?

Yeast infection is really very common, especially amongst women, and remarkably disturbing for its victims. Here we will review the potential benefits of using tea tree oil for yeast infection ...

What Exactly is Tea Tree Oil ?

It is an essential oil manufactured from tea tree leaves (Melaleuca alternifolia) found in the Southeast region of Australia. But note that this is not the plant from which you obtain the leaves for your everyday cup of tea -- this is an entirely different species.

Some believe that the 'tea tree' got its name from 18th century seafarers who believed that the leaves smelled like nutmeg. But others say that the sailors used the fallen leaves to make a tea and thus named the tree accordingly.

What we do know is that tea tree leaves have been used as a natural medicine by indigenous Australians for thousands of years. Due to this many modern clinical researches have been made into its potential usage ...

Benefits

Tea tree oil consists of substances called terpenoids which have natural disinfectant and antifungal properties.

A number of studies have suggested that it could aid in the treatment of things like:-

  • cuts
  • dry skin
  • acne
  • lesions
  • athlete's foot
  • head lice
  • bacterial infections
  • toenail fungus

Take a look at the video below to get more on the benefits of this essential oil...

Using the Oil for Yeast Infections in Particular

Considering that it has certain anti-fungal advantages, several small studies have been carried out to discover whether or not it is effective against the Candida albicans fungus, the major cause of yeast infection.

In one such study, the oil was found to be effective for oral thrush when made use of as a mouth wash.

In an additional study, there was some proof that its topical application could help to address various other yeast infections, such as that of the skin.

Although these studies are encouraging, many professionals believe that there is insufficient clinical proof that tea tree oil helps yeast infection, and that additional, but larger clinical trials are needed.

Nevertheless, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from actual sufferers that have actually used tea tree oil for their yeast infections with great success.

You can get the actual tea tree oil from health food stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, as well as over the Internet. There are also numerous 'products' containing tea tree oil, such as shampoos, soaps, lotions, lotions, and toothpaste, which you can buy in your usual outlets.

If you are still thinking about using this remedy as many individuals have, it would be best to talk to your medical professional first. You should make certain that it's correct for your particular circumstances.

But Be Careful!

Although it has many benefits, you have to be careful when using it...

- Tea tree oil is hazardous if taken internally, so, if you wish to use it as a mouth wash, only do so under a medical professional's supervision.

- The pure oil can easily irritate skin tissue and cause redness, inflammation, itching, and burning.

- If you are an expectant mother or nursing you should not utilize this solution.

- You should keep it from the reach of kids and pets.

Tea tree oil for yeast infection is very popular and can be very beneficial. However, you have to use it safely. So always follow the instructions on the bottle or packaging. Better still, talk to your doctor / physician about its proper use.

Finally, although you came here looking for information on the use of tea tree oil for yeast infection, you've also discovered that it has many other health benefits that you may now wish to consider using it for...

References

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_tree_oil
  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-tea-tree-oil
  • http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/TeaTreeOil.htm

Disclaimer

The content of this Hub is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment or advice, and you should not assume that it is. Always consult your health-care provider / physician / doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or making any major changes to your diet.

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    • JCielo profile imageAUTHOR

      JCielo 

      5 years ago from England

      bac2basics - thanks for leaving your comment. Pity the teat tree oil shampoo didn't work for you, although it did for your husband. And that's exactly why I made the point about being careful when using it. However, my research shows that most users suffer no ill effects when used properly.

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      Anne 

      5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Jcielo.

      This certainly sounds like a cure all and worth giving a go.

      However, my late husband was recommended this as a cure for dandruff, it suited him fine but the tea tree oil shampoo he bought irritated my scalp so much I actually thought I had head lice, so I stopped borrowing his shampoo and stuck to my own, maybe there was just too much tea tree oil in the product he used for my skin type. As the video and you yourself say it can be an irritant to some people so great that you advise talking the use of this product over with your GP or medic first.

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