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Does Tea Tree Oil Cure Yeast Infections?

Will Tea Tree Oil Really Cure a Yeast Infection?

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How to correctly use tea tree oil for Candida problems

Tea tree oil is a powerful natural remedy that you can use to effectively treat a yeast infection.  As you may have seen in other articles in this section of Candida Hub, there are a variety of ways to use this oil, and a variety of infections it can treat.  In this article, we will look at some of the research that proves how effective tea tree oil is.  These studies can also give you an idea of how much tea tree oil you need to use for it to be effective against Candida.  Tea tree oil should probably only be used as a “last resort” however, and you may want to look for other natural remedies before you resort to this oil.  But, it can be safely used to effectively cure a yeast infection so let's take a look at the research!

Tea Tree Oil Research

Of the species of Candida that attack the human body, approximately 80% of all virulent activity is caused by Candida albicans. Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis accounted for approximately 5 to 8% of infections; other infections are caused by the other species of the Candida genus (Clinical Microbiology Reviews. 1999 Jan; 12[1]).  Consequently, your yeast infections is most likely the result of the most pathogenic Candida species: albicans.

One study looked at how 81 isolates of Candida albicans and 33 non-albicans Candida species responded to tea tree oil.  The study was published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy [42.5 (1998): 591-595].  The study also examined 3 common tea tree oil products to see if they also retained their antifungal capabilities.  The study found that a tea tree oil gel containing 10% essential oil was able to effectively kill Candida albicans when the gel was diluted to just a quarter of a percent weight / volume.  A 3% tea tree oil gel and a tea tree oil pessary (a pessary is a device inserted into the vagina to deliver medication) were also examined--just half a percent of the pessary was able to kill Candida albicans.  The chart below shows the findings on how effective this essential oil was.

Chart showing effectiveness of tea tree oil products to cure yeast infections
*MIC stands for “minimum inhibitory concentration”
*MFC stands for “minimum fungicidal concentration”

The study also goes on to report that the minimum fungicidal concentration for all Candida species tested was never greater than ½ percent.  Thus, just a small amount of tea tree oil can effectively kill Candida when it comes into contact with it.  But, as you may have a significant amount of yeast in your vagina, you may want to try say a 10% concentration of tea tree oil in a carrier oil and apply it via a tampon.  To be safe, you can always start with less essential oil and increase it gradually to see how your body will react.

Another study of how tea tree oil affected 11 isolates of Candida was published in the British Journal of Biomedical Science [2001, 58(3):139-145].  The study found that all eleven isolates were highly susceptible to tea tree oil.  A concentration of 1% tea tree oil was able to effectively kill all 11 isolates of Candida used in the study.

A final study, published in Revista Iberoamericana De Micología [17.2 (2000): 60-63], examined 50 isolates of Candida albicans, 21 isolates of Candida glabrata, and various other Candida species as well.  The study sought to see how these fungi would react to the presence of tea tree oil.  The study found that just half a percent concentration of tea tree oil was enough to kill half of all the Candida species it came into contact with; this included every species of Candida tested.  The chart below shows the range of the MIC; thus, a range of 50% means half of the Candida was inhibited at the below concentration.  The MFC for total killing is not addressed, but can be logically speculated to be perhaps 1 or 2 percent concentration of tea tree oil.  The chart below shows that a killing range of 50% was achieved, as mentioned, by just half a percent concentration of tea tree oil.

How much tea tree oil do you use to cure yeast infections
*MIC stands for “minimum inhibitory concentration”
*MFC stands for “minimum fungicidal concentration”

Natural 12 Hour Yeast Infection Treatment

If you have been searching for one of the most effective natural, safe ways to treat a yeast infection, you may want to know about Sarah Summer.  Sarah’s condition was typical for all too many women.  She suffered from recurrent yeast infections.  Sarah would get infected with Candida in her vagina, apply some treatment, and it would go away.  But, soon thereafter, she would be confronted with another vaginal yeast infection.  This process seemed to go on far too long; until, one day, Summer developed a very severe yeast infection.

Summer quickly went to her doctor to have her body looked at and see what could be done to ameliorate her health.  Her doctor informed her that the yeast in her vagina had grown deep tendrils into her body and that the yeast had become a mold inside her.  Her doctor said this condition was not only difficult to treat, it was impossible to cure.  You can imagine how she felt hearing news like this after all her suffering.

Sarah Summer’s Natural Remedy for Candida Infections

Summer and her husband Robert decided not to sit idly by and just live with the situation.  They began ardently researching Candidiasis and spent money and time investigating a possible solution.  Summer realized quickly that the treatments she had used previously simply dealt with surface level symptoms--neglecting to address the root causes of yeast infections.  

As time went by Summer eventually developed a powerful, natural solution to Candida infections.  Her system was novel and very effective.  Those she shared it with reported that yeast infections were totally cured in 12 hours and stayed away--no more annoying recurrence.  It was logical for Summer to put her finding into a book; and that is exactly what she did.  You can learn more about her book at her website.  Her book is currently available for immediate electronic download.  Summer published her book with a well known publisher, a subsidiary of the U.S. based Keynetics Incorporated.

Summer wants to help women who may just have their first yeast infection, or have fought this problem for years.  She offers a 100% 8 week money back guarantee on her book.  If, after you download the book, you are not satisfied you can quickly get a full refund of your money.  If this sounds like something you’d like to do, you can be assured that you will not pay her for what you don’t like.  You can also pay by PayPal which also protects your purchases from fraud.


  • -- Candida glabrata: Review of Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Clinical Disease with Comparison to C. albicans. Clinical Microbiology Reviews [1999 Jan; 12(1): 80–96]
  • -- Hammer, Katherin A., Christine F. Carson, and Thomas V. Riley. "In-vitro activity of essential oils, in particular Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and tea tree oil products, against Candida spp." Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 42.5 (1998): 591-595.
  • -- Banes-Marshall, L., P. Cawley, and Carol A. Phillips. "In vitro activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil against bacterial and Candida spp. isolates from clinical specimens." British journal of biomedical science 58.3 (2000): 139-145.
  • -- Vazquez, Jose A., et al. "In vitro susceptibilities of Candida and Aspergillus species to Melaleuca alternafolia (tea tree) oil." Revista iberoamericana de micología 17.2 (2000): 60-63. PDF Available Here


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