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Tea Tree Oil for Boils - Does It Work?

Does using tea tree oil for boils really help?

About boils...

tea tree oil for boilsBoils, also called furuncles, are caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. These infections result in a painful raised and red area that are filled with pus and looks likely a badly infected acne.

Many factors are responsible for causing boils including a low immune system and existing health problems like diabetes.

If the boil is severe, it could lead to a fever, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes (which indicate a blood infection). In this case, it is important to see a doctor immediately.

Tea tree oil for infections

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is well known for its ability to kill off bacteria, viruses and fungus. Because of its potency, it is commonly used to treat a variety of skin problems.

Using tea tree oil for infections caused by virus (herpes) and fungus (athlete's foot and ringworms) works. It also works to treat acne problems.

The article Health Benefits of Tea Tree Oil talks all about the many uses so we won't discuss them here further.

Read on to learn about using tea tree oil for boils...


Studies on tea tree oil for boils - Are there any evidence?

There is no direct study done to show that applying tea tree oil on boils would cure them.

However, lab and animal studies show that it is able to kill the staphylococcus bacteria, the exact bacteria that cause boils. This promising result is the main reason why so many people do choose to try tea tree oil as a first-step rather than use antibiotic creams and ointments.


Why is it so tough to cure boils?

Many boils are found just under the top layer of the skin which neither tea tree oil nor topical antibiotic creams can easily reach.

If the boil is large and deep under the skin, oral antibiotics will be required to fight off the infection from the inside out; topical antibiotics or antiseptic liquids just won't cut it.

For severely infected or very large boil, the doctor may need to drain it by lancing it. This is not something you should attempt at home as it may lead to a more severe infection.

Treating boils with natural antiseptic work best if started at the first sign of the problem.


Recommendations - How to use tea tree oil for furuncles

Apply 100% concentrated tea tree oil directly on the boil in the morning. Wait for 5 to 10 minutes for the tea tree oil to soak in and then apply a bandage over it if desired. (If you choose to use a bandage, do not use a waterproof bandage. You must let the wound "breathe".)

Another application at bedtime is suggested to speed the healing process.

Many people may experience skin irritation. If this is the case, you may dilute it with an equal part of water (to make a 50% strength solution). See Tea Tree Oil Dilution for more information and tips on how to make tea tree oil formulations.

Keeping your immune system healthy is essential. It will allow your own body's immune cells fight off the infection as well. A product like Immunity Plus can be a useful addition if you suffer from a lowered immune system.


Bottom line

Thinking of using tea tree oil for boils?

There are no clinical studies to show whether it works or not (although it can kill the bacteria that causes boils).

Smaller and less severe boils may be treated with a topical anti-bacterial cream or with antiseptic liquid like tea tree oil.

More severe or larger boils will probably require oral treatment with antibiotics.

Give it a try but seek medical help if it gets worse or if you also experience unusual symptoms like a fever.


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Created: May 7, 2011

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