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Tea Tree Oil for Infection - The Complete Guide

Tea tree oil for infection - What can it treat?

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) comes from an Australian tree leaves. Its use as a potent antiseptic liquid has spread to all parts of the world.

The article Health Benefits of Tea Tree Oil talks about all the practical uses.

Read on to learn about how to use tree oil for treating infections ranging from acne to warts...


Recommendations - How to use tea tree oil for infection

Tea tree oil is extensively used to treat and cure many types of infections. Below is a list of the most common uses along with directions on how to use it effectively.

See Tea Tree Oil Dilution for more information and tips on how to make tea tree oil formulations for various types of infections.



It works. Clinical studies show this to be the case.

See Tea Tree Oil for Zits for a complete discussion and guidelines for treating acne conditions with tea tree oil.


Athlete's Foot

Using tea tree oil for infection caused by annoying fungus...

Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the foot. Individuals who have a low immune system or wear shoes that do not allow air to circulate seem to be prone to developing this condition. Other contract it by walking bare-foot on public showers in swimming pools or gyms.

Studies show that applying a 10% to 50% tea tree oil solution or gel is effective in killing the foot fungus. It is reported that a complete cure can be expected in about 4 weeks.

See Tea Tree Oil for Foot Fungus to get the complete details along with recommended steps to follow.


Ringworms (Candida infections)

Just like athlete's foot, ringworms are fungal infections on the skin. Use a 10% solution or gel twice daily for 2 to 4 weeks.



For a larger area of the skin affected by eczema, add 10 to 20 drops (0.5 to 1 mL) of tea tree oil to a warm bowl of water (or add 40 drops or 2 mL to bath water) and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. This can be done once or twice daily weekly.

Another effective method in using tea tree oil for eczema is to make a solution or gel formulation that you can apply to the affected area.

See Tea Tree Oil for Eczema to discover exactly how to make this and get practical tips on how to apply it to get maximum benefit.


Yeast Infections (Candida Albicans)

There are studies to show that using tea tree oil for candida albicans (yeast) works. A 0.4% tea tree oil douche can be used. Higher concentrations can be used but only under medical supervision.

Using a higher concentration may lead to severe irritation of the vaginal tract. Start with a 0.4% formulation by mixing 0.4 mL of tea tree oil with 100 mL of prepared douche solution.

See Tea Tree Oil Dosage for detailed information on how to make a vaginal douche formula.

See the article on Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections for additional herbs that you can use for treating and curing candida infections.

Fungal Nail Infections (onychomycosis)

Thinking of using tea tree oil for infection of the nail? Don't hold your hopes too high.

Nail infections are very difficult to treat even with potent prescription products. Tea tree oil is no different. Apply 100% pure tea tree oil directly onto the infected nails two or three times daily.

Some people have reported that soaking the nail daily in a 50% tea tree oil solution could reduce the time it takes for a complete cure. (This is to be used in addition to daily treatment with 100% pure tea tree oil.)

How long does it take? Upwards of 6 months. We warned you. Do not expect quick results.


Head Lice

Mix 10 mL of tea tree oil with 250 mL (1 cup) of apple cider vinegar. Use a conditioner-free shampoo to wash the hair first. Then apply sufficient solution to thoroughly saturate the hair. Cover with a shower cap (to boost the effectiveness of this solution) and leave on for 15 minutes.

Rinse the hair clean and meticulously comb through the hair with a very fine-tooth comb to remove all the eggs attached to the hair.

To ensure a successful cure rate, repeat this in 7 days.



Some clinical studies show that a 5% tea tree oil formulation is as effective as using common non-prescription pesticides.

Make a 5% tea tree oil for scabies. This is best made in aloe vera gel instead of water. It makes applying the gel over the entire body much easier.

Apply the gel from the neck down. Leave on overnight and shower in the morning to wash off the gel.

As with using the non-prescription scabies treatment creams, one treatment should be sufficient.

Of course, also wash all the pillow cases, bed sheets and clothing you have recently worn. You don't want to reinfect yourself again.


Cuts, Burns and Insect Bites

About using tea tree oil for infection caused by cuts, burns and insect bites...

Make a 10% to 50% gel (using aloe vera) or solution (using water). Applying this to the affected areas one to three times daily.

For open wounds or broken skin, a 10% concentration is recommended. Using a 50% concentrated formula can cause excessive stinging and pain!

Use the pure tea tree oil directly on the insect bites (or use a 50% solution if you experience a lot of irritation).

Using tea tree for infection on the skin could be a suitable alternative to antibiotic creams and ointment.

For treating impetigo specifically, see Tea Tree Oil for Impetigo for more information.


Herpes labialis (cold sores)

Using tea tree oil for infection caused by virus is shown to work, both in animal and human studies.

Tea tree oil is shown to inhibit the growth and spread of the herpes virus. This can prove to be very helpful when it comes to stopping cold sores from spreading or getting worse.

Applying a 6% tea tree oil solution or gel has been clinical shown to help speed up the healing time. But it is important to apply it as soon as the symptoms of cold sores appear.

See Tea Tree Oil for Herpes to get specific recommendations in using tea tree oil for cold sores.


Infections in the mouth (canker sores, thrush, gum & teeth)

How about using tea tree oil for infection inside of the mouth?

The most important thing to be aware of is that you must not take tea tree oil internally. It is toxic! But it is safe when diluted properly and used as a mouth rinse.

A 5% solution is recommended and it can be prepared by diluting with water or mouthwash. Concentration as low as 0.2% was shown to be effective.

See Tea Tree Oil for Mouthwash for this particular use.

Rinse your mouth for 30 seconds with this solution two or three times daily as needed after brushing your teeth.


Natural Disinfectant Spray

Tea tree oil for infection prevention...

Make a 20% solution by mixing 20 mL of tea tree oil with 80 mL of tap water (to make a total of 100 mL). Spray this solution on countertops in the bathroom and kitchen. Wipe the surfaces with a cloth and allow them to air dry.

During cold seasons, it is a great idea to also disinfect the telephone handset as well to avoid spreading the virus to others.



Thinking of using tea tree oil for infection caused by the wart virus?

The article Tea Tree Oil for Warts provides the complete discussion on this particular use of this essential oil so we won't discuss it here.


Bottom line

Thinking of using tea tree oil for infection?

For many types of minor infections such as acne, ringworms, athlete's foot, cuts and herpes, a properly diluted tea tree oil formulation can be quite helpful.

More severe or resistant infections will require prescription creams or oral pills for a complete cure.


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