Tea Tree Oil: Using tea tree oil for sunburn April 02 2014
As we welcome Spring and Summer with open arms, there will (more likely than not) be a sunburn or two as delicate winter skin makes the seasonal adjustment. Tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) has amazing antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that make it extremely beneficial for use on sunburns. It helps to ease the discomfort and pain from mild to moderate sunburns, as well as reduce healing time. This is because tea tree oil influences the reparative processes of the skin by encouraging tissue regeneration.
How to use tea tree oil to treat sunburns:
At first burn exposure, create a compress by adding 10-15 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of cool water. Soak a soft washcloth in this mixture and apply to the affected area.
Fill a large bowl (or bathtub) with very cold water. Add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil and soak the affected area for at least 10 minutes to cool and calm.
For use on smaller areas, such as the face, place 1-3 drops on a cotton ball or Q-tip and apply gently to the affected area.
Mix 10-20 drops of lavender oil with 1-teaspoon aloe vera gel. Massage into skin and repeat as necessary to reduce pain and redness.
For larger burns, or those that are too painful to dab/touch directly, place 20-30 (or more) drops in a spray bottle of distilled water. Spray on affected areas many periodically throughout the day to reduce pain and ease inflammation. As an optional addition: add a few tablespoons of aloe juice to this mixture for added benefits.
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.
Tea Tree Essential Oil - 15mL Bottle
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