Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is obtained from a plant called Melaleuca alternifolia when its leaves are steam distilled. These leaves were used in the past as a tea substitute hence its name today. Tea tree oil has several medical uses including:
- Athlete’s foot
- Periodontal disease
- As an antiseptic
- Yeast infections
Its history as a healing aid comes from Australian aboriginals using it on cuts, infections and burns by crushing the leaves. It works because in it are terpenoids which have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
Tea tree oil yeast infection treatment methods need to be done with care though. The tea tree oil should be diluted before use otherwise it will hurt. In its natural form it is too strong to be used.
One way to ensure this is to get a dropper bottle from a pharmacy to make a solution in. One tea tree oil yeast infection solution is to mix 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol with one teaspoon of tea tree oil and then add ten drops to a pint of water. This can then be used on the infected area, results should take about a week.
Another tea tree oil yeast infection method is to coat a tampon with a lubrication then add a couple of drop of tea tree oil to the tampon. The lubricant stops the tampon from absorbing all the oil. Then insert it into the vagina. Olive oil is a good replacement for lubricant if you do not have any.
There is a tea tree oil cream that can be used but if treating a vaginal yeast infection, this tea tree oil yeast infection treatment may be too strong in such a sensitive area and may cause stinging.
Safety concerns when using tea tree oil yeast infection remedy methods
- It may affect hormones – pregnant women or breastfeeding women should not use it
- Allergic reactions from mild contact dermatitis to severe blisters and rashes
- Undiluted tea tree oil can cause skin irritation, redness, blistering, and itching
- Do not take internally. It can impair your immune system, cause diarrhoea, excessive drowsiness, sleepiness, confusion, coma.
- If you accidentally overdose and experience excessive drowsiness, sleepiness, poor coordination, diarrhoea, or vomiting see a doctor straight away.
It should be noted that though women claim the effectiveness of tea tree oil yeast infection remedies, there have been no actual clinical trials on humans. It has been tried on Athlete’s foot which showed positive results, it was very effective over 6 months of use on fungal toenail infections, effective on acne, and on dandruff. But no study has been done on yeast infections.