Cuts and scrapes are a common occurrence, especially in children. Tea tree essential oil
(extracted from the leaves of melaleuca alternifolia) can greatly reduce both the risk of
infection and the duration of healing for mild to moderate skin abrasions. Following an
injury, an inflammatory response occurs in the skin within the cells below the dermis (the
skin’s deepest layer). These cells begin to produce collagen, and eventually regenerate the
outer skin layer, called epithelial tissue. While this process takes place, the skin experiences
various symptoms, including pain, swelling, stiffness, tightness, scabbing, itching and
possibly scar formation.
When tea tree oil is applied to cuts and scrapes, it influences the reparative process by
encouraging tissue regeneration (also known as scar tissue). This is due to its natural
antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that also ward off possible infections to the
delicate affected area. Tea tree oil is supported by the skin’s own oils and helps to create a
chemical barrier that make the area inhospitable to potential infectious bacteria.
How to use tea tree oil to treat common cuts and scrapes:
Gently clean the affected area. Apply 1-3 drops directly onto cut or scrape and allow to
penetrate for a few moments. Cover with a cotton ball and bandage if needed. Reapply up to
five times a day.
For larger wounds, add 15-20 drops to 1 cup of warm water. Soak a soft washcloth in the
mixture and gently place to cover the area. Hold it there until it cools completely and repeat
Add 20-30 drops to a warm bath or tub to soak abrasions on hands, feet, or for larger cuts
and scrapes on the body. Soak for 20 minutes and repeat as needed.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.
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