Saturday, May 31, 2008

At Home Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia. Melaleuca alternifolia is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Use tea tree oil to treat nail fungus.
Tea Tree Oil can be used to treat nail infections. Nail infections are easy to diagnose. A nail with fungus will turn thick and yellow and become brittle. To treat the nail fungus use a sterile cotton swab or cotton ball dipped in tea tree oil and rub over the affected nail twice a day. Do not double dip the cotton ball or cotton swab to avoid contamination. Also use a new cotton swab or cotton ball for each toe.

Cure athlete's foot with tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil is so effective at treating athlete's foot that only one treatment may cure a mild case. To use tea tree oil to treat athlete's foot add 5 - 10 drops of tea tree oil to a plain, unscented hand or foot lotion. Generously apply the lotion at least twice a day. If the athlete's foot flairs up and begins itching it is completely safe to apply the tea tree oil lotion mix more than twice a day. The teat tree should stop the itching and burning within minutes.

Reduce acne with tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil can be used to lessen the redness and size of an active pimple. Using a tea tree oil based soap can also help stop the production of acne, giving you a healthier, clearer complextion.

Reduce vaginal itching.

Most women are unaware that the main cause of vaginal itching is bacteria and other nasty bugs growing in a moist, dark environment. A daily wash with a mild soap, like Castille Soap, that includes tea tree oil will greatly reduce or eliminate vaginal itching. The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of tea tree oil help to kill off bacteria and fungus before they can cause itching or more serious conditions.