What is tea tree oil
and how can it help in the treatment of your eczema?
Tea tree oil is an
It comes from the
leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. This plant comes from
Australia. For many years aborigines used the oil to treat many
Benefits of Tea Tree
Tea tree oil has some
great qualities that may help to improve different ailments,
It can be
- Anti-septic. Helps to
soothe your skin. This may help to prevent further skin damage
- Anti-inflammatory. As a natural anti inflammatory it reduces the symptoms of inflammation. This in turn can help reduce
- Anti-itch. Helps to
ease the itch. When you stop scratching, you will help to prevent
damaging your skin. Avoiding the itch-scratch cycle
- Anti-bacterial. Can
help reduce the chance of infection. So reducing the risk of your
Tea Tree Oil Uses
Tea tree oil can be
used in several different ways.
- The oil can be used
directly on the skin, though it isn’t usually recommended. A few
drops can be gently rubbed into the affected area
- If you have sensitive
skin, or have a child with eczema, then using directly on the skin
may cause irritation. You can add a few drops to your emollient. Mix
well, then apply to your skin
- Some oil can be added
to your bath. Add a couple of tablespoons of oil to a warm bath. Mix
it well before getting in
- You can mix a few drops
of tea tree oil with a carrier oil, or base oil. A carrier oil is
added to an essential oil. It dilutes it and helps it to absorb into
the skin. The carrier oil you use can be one that is also beneficial
to your eczema. A good choice maybe lavender or olive.
For mixing with a cream
or oil there are measurements you can use to make the right dilution
for eczema. It is recommended that a 5% solution is used. So for
example for every 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil, you would mix it with
20 teaspoons of the carrier oil or cream.
Tea tree oil is also
found in some products you can buy including
- Lip balms
Before buying them it
would be an idea to check the other ingredients in a product. Look
for any ingredients that may cause your skin to get irritated.
You cannot take tea
tree oil orally. If you do, please seek medical help immediately.
When using tea tree oil initially it is a good idea to use it on a small area first. This will help to determine whether it will cause any skin irritation.
If there is no reaction then you can carry on using it, but it is still recommended that you continue using emollients and topical corticosteroids when they are needed.
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