Tea Tree Oil: Using tea tree oil for hives May 06 2014
Hives are basically an allergic reaction that manifests in and on the skin. They are the result of cells releasing histamine, a chemical that makes blood vessels leak fluid into the deepest layers of skin. Hives can be caused by virtually anything, whether it’s something going on internally or externally, and can be both disruptive and downright painful.
Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has antiseptic properties, as well as a powerful antimicrobial effect, that make it very effective in the treatment of hives. Its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties 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. Even though you aren’t supposed to scratch at hives, if you do, this helps to soothe irritated skin and speeds up the healing process.
How to use tea tree oil to treat hives:
Apply 1-3 drops directly onto the affected area 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 areas, add 15-20 drops to 1 cup of cool 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 affected areas on hands, feet, or for larger areas 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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