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If you have ever used tea tree oil before, or if you have done enough research on this essential plant oil, you know that tea tree oil can irritate the skin. According to Dr. James A. Duke, using tea tree oil to treat a yeast infection should be done as a “last resort.” Dr. Duke recommends trying other safer herbal remedies before trying tea tree oil due to the potential irritation of the skin that tea tree oil can cause. If you still want to give tea tree oil a try, Dr. Duke recommends speaking to a medical doctor and getting their advice before trying to use this powerful herbal antiseptic.
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How to Use Tea Tree Oil on Yeast Infections
If you have exhausted other herbal remedies and you still wish to try tea tree oil to treat your yeast infection, there are several methods you can utilize to harness the power of tea tree oil. Some women who have had yeast infections that could not be completely eliminated using pharmaceuticals like clotrimazole and nystatin have had better results using tea tree oil.
Keep in mind that tea tree oil is a very toxic substance and small amounts of the oil, such as a few teaspoons, can be fatal if ingested.
Skin and Nail Yeast Infections
Any yeast infection that occurs on the nails or the skin (such as on the outside of the penis and the skin around the opening to the vagina) can be treated by applying a few drops of tea tree oil to the infected area. If you want to help reduce the chances of the tea tree oil irritating your skin, you can dilute the oil with an equal amount of vegetable oil. If you experience too much discomfort you should halt your use of tea tree oil or try diluting it with even more vegetable oil.
If you plan on using tea tree oil to treat diaper rash, make sure you consult a licensed medical doctor before you use tea tree oil on your baby’s skin. Make sure you do not use pure tea tree oil on a baby's skin. You may also want to use a zinc ointment on the skin to treat diaper rash as well.
Vaginal Yeast Infections
If you have a vaginal yeast infection you can mix equal parts of tea tree oil and vegetable oil and apply it directly to the vagina. You can also combine a few drops of tea tree oil to some warm water and use this mixture as a douche. You can also make a sitz bath and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the bath water and douche with the bath water while you are in the bath.
Because the vaginal area is so sensitive you should discontinue your use of tea tree oil if you experience any irritation or discomfort. Additionally, you should never use 100% tea tree oil on the vaginal area; instead use the tea tree oil on the vaginal area only after you dilute it with vegetable oil. It would be wise to consult a medical doctor before you use tea tree oil on your vagina.
If you are suffering from oral thrush and want to use tea tree oil to treat it, you should first discuss this course of action with your doctor. As mentioned earlier, swallowing a few teaspoons of tea tree oil can be fatal. Ask your doctor about commercially prepared tea tree oil toothpaste and mouthwash. Such commercially prepared tea tree oil products are likely to have a safe concentration of tea tree oil in them and may help clear up your oral thrush.
You can also make your own tea tree oil toothpaste and mouthwash by adding a very small amount of tea tree oil to your toothpaste and mouthwash. Before you decide how much tea tree oil to add to your toothpaste or mouthwash, make sure you consult a licensed medical doctor to be sure you are not getting a dangerous amount of the oil in your mouth. Make sure if you do use tea tree oil in your mouth that you never swallow the products that contain the tea tree oil.
One study of relevance analyzed how tea tree oil would affect Candida albicans and Candida glabrata. One strain of each species was used in the study. The study was published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy [53.6 (2004): 1081-1085]. A standardized composition of tea tree oil is delineated by the International Standard (ISO 4730). Compositional ranges for 14 of the major components are stipulated in the ISO guidelines. Any tea tree oil that is compliant with these standards should possess good therapeutic activity. The tea tree oil used in the study was compliant with this ISO protocol. Some of the macro components of the tea tree oil were also examined regarding their activity against the species of Candida. These chemicals included:
Terpinen-4-ol (41.5% of total volume)
gamma-terpinene (21.2% of total volume)
alpha-terpinene (10.2% of total volume)
The study found that a 0.4% concentration of tea tree oil powerfully reduced the growth of Candida albicans. If you use about a 5% concentration of tea tree oil, this should be a great way to eliminate an infection. The researchers suggested that the different components of tea tree oil may have different modes of action against Candida; thus, this oil may work in manifold ways to stop yeast. This could possibly be the reason why tea tree oil is such an effective treatment for Candida problems.
Candida germ tubes are a key reason why the species of Candida that develop them (Candida albicans is one of these species) are more virulent. Consequently, natural medicines that deter germ tube growth will reduce the aggression of the Candida attacking the body. Tea tree oil is one such natural substance that can help to reduce Candida germ tube growth; thus, this is another reason to use this essential oil. A study that demonstrated this was published in Medical Mycology [38.5 (2000): 354-361]. The study demonstrated that for 10 different isolates of Candida albicans, the minimum fungicidal concentration (MFC), which is the lowest concentration necessary to kill the Candida isolate, for all ten isolates was no more than 1% tea tree oil. Many of the isolates were killed at 0.5 or 0.25% tea tree oil. Therefore, a weak concentration of this oil has potent candida ability. For germ tube formation, even lower concentrations that would not kill the yeast were examined. The study found that 0.031% concentration of tea tree oil drastically reduced germ tube formation for many of the isolates. And, a 0.25%, only a quarter of a percent, concentration of tea tree oil totally eliminated germ tube growth. Below is a chart taken from the study showing the effects of various tea tree oil concentrations on a strain of Candida albicans’ ability to develop germ tube hyphae.
Another study worth mentioning was a review of research detailing tea tree oils antimicrobial efficacy. The study was published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews [19.1 (2006): 50-62]. Fungal pathogens aside for a moment, the review cited a wide array of studies and presented a chart of the various bacteria tea tree oil could inhibit and kill. Only small concentrations of this oil were necessary to stop nearly all of the bacteria. For most fungal species, the review stated that the average minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) ranged from 0.03 and 0.5%, and MFCs generally range from 0.12 to 2%. In the chart showing tea tree oil’s effects against fungi, this oil was also shown to be very efficacious by a host of scientific research. For Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, Candida tropicalis, and Candida parapsilosis, MFC of tea tree oil were all under 1%. Given the wide array of scientific studies that comprised this review’s data, and the analysis of the species of Candida that will be responsible for the vast majority of yeast infections, it is safe to assume your infection will be quickly terminated by using tea tree oil!
Taking tea tree oil by mouth is a bad idea, as a small amount of this oil can prove lethal. In the review of literature regarding tea tree oil in Clinical Microbiology Reviews [19.1 (2006): 50-62], the authors summarized the findings regarding oral ingestion of tea tree oil. The following quote was taken from this study and details the primary side effect you need to watch out for when using this potent essential oil (TTO = tea tree oil):
TTO can be toxic if ingested, as evidenced by studies with animals and from cases of human poisoning. The 50% lethal dose for TTO in a rat model is 1.9 to 2.6 ml/kg, and rats dosed with ≤1.5 g/kg TTO appeared lethargic and ataxic (D. Kim, D. R. Cerven, S. Craig, and G. L. De George, Abstr. Amer. Chem. Soc. 223:114, 2002). Incidences of oral poisoning in children and adults have been reported. In all cases, patients responded to supportive care and recovered without apparent sequelae. No human deaths due to TTO have been reported in the literature.
- Google Books -- Duke, James A.. The Green Pharmacy (p.202-203 using Tea tree oil on the vagina)
- The Tea Tree Oil Bible: Your Essential Guide by Dr. Elvis Ali (Ages Publishing), copyright 1999 (p.157 oral thrush and tea tree oil)
- http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkh243 -- Hammer, K. A., C. F. Carson, and T. V. Riley. "Antifungal effects of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil and its components on Candida albicans, Candida glabrata and Saccharomyces cerevisiae." Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 53.6 (2004): 1081-1085. Full Text Available Here, PubMed
- http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/mmy.38.5.354.361 -- Hammer, K. A., C. F. Carson, and T. V. Riley. "Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil inhibits germ tube formation by Candida albicans." Medical mycology 38.5 (2000): 354-361. PDF Available Here, PubMed
- http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/CMR.19.1.50-62.2006 -- Carson, C. F., K. A. Hammer, and T. V. Riley. "Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil: a review of antimicrobial and other medicinal properties." Clinical microbiology reviews 19.1 (2006): 50-62. Full Text Available Here, PubMed Full Text
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