Tea Tree Oil: Using tea tree oil for sore throat June 23 2014
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that can significantly help in lessening the severity of a sore throat, as well as the accompanying virus that is typically the cause. Its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help the body to ward off possible infections to the delicate affected area of the throat glands.
How to treat a sore throat with tea tree oil:
At onset of symptoms, place 3-5 drops of tea tree oil in the back of the throat. Swish with saliva, and follow with a small amount of warm distilled water.
Take 2-3 drops of tea tree oil in a small (8 oz.) glass of water. Drink this mixture before going to bed and first thing in the morning (before eating or drinking anything else).
Tea tree oil can also be added to hot (and better tasting) herbal tea. This can be a great way to bypass the bitter taste of tea tree oil or avoid a sensitive gag response to the flavor. Add 1-3 drops to 8 oz of tea (the stronger the flavor the better) and sip slowly. Repeat two times daily.
Throughout the day, add 5-10 drops to a humidifier or steam vaporizer. Use this at all hours of the day to help maintain the antimicrobial effect of tea tree oil on the body.
Add 10-15 drops to a pot of boiling water. Tent a towel over your head and slowly inhale the steam for approximately 10 minutes at a time to let the vapors steep into the back of the throat.
For use topically, dilute with unscented oil (such as olive, jojoba, or almond) for a quick and easy neck and chest rub. Add 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to one tablespoon of carrier oil and massage onto the neck.
Add 10-20 drops of eucalyptus oil to a hot shower or bath for a full body treatment that will help soothe airways and the throat.
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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