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Whenever applying an ointment, cream, or oil to an infected are be sure to wash your hands before and after application, even if you are using cotton swabs, gauze or other means of application. Also, wash the area you are applying the treatment to in order to allow for maximum absorption and additional antiseptic properties.
Tea Tree Oil: According to Wikipedia- Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, is a pale yellow colour to nearly colorless and clear essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor. It is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. Tea tree oil should not be confused with tea oil, the sweet seasoning and cooking oil from pressed seeds of the tea plant Camellia sinensis (beverage tea), or the tea oil plant Camellia oleifera.
So here are some things you can use Tea Tree oil to treat, sometimes with greater effect than prescription drugs, and as long as you dont s
Cuts, Scrapes, Bug Bites and Stings: Wash the area and pat dry. Apply a few drops to the area 2 times a day till it heals. This prevents infection and help the wound heal faster and produce less scarring.
External and Vaginal Yeast Infection: For external use you can apply it at full strength or in a 70:30 preparation combined with olive or coconut oil. Shea Butter can also be used but olive and coconut oil is recommended for vaginal applications. For Vaginal Yeast infections apply the 70:30 preparation (preferably mixed with coconut oil) to a tampon and insert. Change it as necessary. Apply for up to 5 days to clear the infection. If it has not cleared after the 5 days, make an appointment with your doctor or try conventional pharmaceutical treatments.
Acne: Apply a few drops of Tea Tree oil to each blemish 3 times a day until the infection clears. For a full facial application mix 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil in 1 tblspn of olive oil or add a few drops to your usual moisturizer before each application. Tea Tree Oil is highly anti-bacterial and can kill the bacteria that cause acne outbreaks.
Fungal Nail Infections: Apply oil full strength to the nail and cuticle 2 times daily. Avoid bandaging the area as sunlight and fresh air will help speed the healing. Fungus likes warm dark places, so try to go barefoot or wear sandals as much as possible while treating an infection on the foot.
Ring Worm, Athletes Foot and Other Fungal Skin Infections: Can be applied full strength or in a 70:30 prep of Tea Tree and olive or coconut oil, shea butter, petroleum jelly, or other carrier cream or oil. Apply 2-3 times daily. For Ring Worm be sure to keep the affected area covered to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the body and to other surfaces or people. Ring Worm is highly contagious. For athletes foot you can apply the oil full strength or 70:30. You can also apply it in a foot bath. Add 20 drops to a basin of warm water and soak the feet for 15 minutes. Repeat 3 times daily. Dry feet thoroughly and apply a few drops of oil to the affected area. Repeat this process till the infection has cleared.
Warts: Apply a few drops to the wart, cover with a gauze pad and tape in place. Do this at night and remove the pad on the morning. Repeat this process until the wart dies and has healed over. If the wart turns black it has died and will need to be removed, can be done with tweezers and minimal discomfort.
Gargle and Mouth Rinse: Mix 5 drops oil with 1 tblspn water. Swish in the mouth for 15-30 seconds and spit. DO NOT SWALLOW IT. That would be unpleasant. This can be used up to 4 times a day. In this preparation Tea Tree Oil can be used to treat oral thrush (yeast infection in the mouth) and any other fungal infection in the mouth, as well as clear up a herpes outbreak, disinfect sores, and help get rid of gingivitis and bad breath causing bacteria. Tea Tree gargle can also help clear up sore throats of various origins.