Thursday, June 12, 2008

Many Uses of Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree or Melaleuca alternifolia, grows in Australia and is widely used as an antiseptic, antifungal, and in some cases, an antiviral treatment for a number of problems. Used externally, tea tree oil can cure you of many different ailments.

Tea tree oil can cure warts. Place a drop or two of tea tree oil onto a band-aid and apply it to the wart. Keep a band-aid soaked in tea tree on the wart at all times for at least two months. Change the bandage as needed. The wart should start to disappear almost immediately.

Prevent mold by making a spray of vinegar and tea tree oil. Spray it in the affected moldy areas and wipe the area well. A heavier application of tea tree will prevent mold from growing back in the future. Be careful when using tea tree on furniture and textiles.

Use tea tree oil as an antiseptic when treating wounds. Clean the injured area with soap and water, then dry with a clean cloth. Apply tea tree oil and bandage if necessary. Tea tree oil does not burn like alcohol or peroxide.

Tea tree oil can be used to treat second degree burns. Gently wash the burn with soap and water and dry with a clean cloth. Apply tea tree to the affected area and bandage very lightly if necessary. Tea tree will act as an antiseptic and will help burns heal more quickly.

To treat athlete's foot, wipe the affected area twice a day with tea tree oil on a cotton ball until the infection disappears.

Some women use tea tree oil to cure yeast infection. The skin inside the vagina is extremely sensitive, so only a minute amount of tea tree should be used. Douche with a mixture of one drop tea tree oil per one cup of water. You can use this up to three times a day. If the mixture burns or causes irritation, you may be oversensitive to it and should stop using it immediately.

For a wonderfully effective deodorant, mix one part salt and one part baking soda into a fine-misting spray bottle filled with water. Add this mixture until the baking soda and salt will no longer dissolve into the water. Add witch hazel if desired at one teaspoon witch hazel extract to ¼ cup water. Add tea tree oil at four or five drops per ¼ cup water. Shake well before each use.