Tea Tree Oil: Using tea tree oil for eczema and dermatitis May 14 2014
Eczema and dermatitis are terms used to describe an irritating persistent skin condition that can include various symptoms like dryness, itching, flaking, blistering and oozing of the skin. These symptoms are obviously uncomfortable and can be tremendously embarrassing, especially when they cover large parts of the body. Unfortunately, harsh chemicals such as corticosteroids are the most common form of treatment, and oftentimes yield minimal results.
Tea tree essential oil (melaleuca alternifolia) has antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities, as well as a powerful germicidal effect, that make it very effective in the treatment of the pesky skin conditions characterized by eczema and dermatitis. Tea tree oil also influences the reparative process by encouraging tissue restoration (this means quicker healing and less scarring!). 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. This helps soothe irritated skin and speeds up the healing process.
How to use tea tree oil to treat eczema and dermatitis:
Gently clean the affected area. Apply 1-3 drops directly onto the skin and allow to penetrate for a few moments. Cover with a cotton ball and bandage if needed. Reapply up to five times a day.
Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil with one teaspoon coconut oil and apply to the skin 1-2 times a day.
For larger areas, 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 affected areas on hands, feet, or for larger rashes 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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