Tea Tree Oil: Using tea tree oil on cuts and scrapes December 12 2013

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:Days Island Tea Tree Oil
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 
as necessary. 
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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