Tea tree oil, from the melaleuca tree, is a proven natural antifungal treatment, as shown by a study conducted by the New York University Langone Medical Center. The centre performed a double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the treatment of athlete's foot using tea tree oil. The oil may also be effective in treating candidiasis, a yeast infection in the mouth, vagina or urinary tract or on the skin or stomach. The medical centre results showed tea tree oil to be effective in both a solution and cream form, which can be made at home for topical use.
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Things you need
- Glass jar or bottle with at least 100 millilitres (about 1/2 cup) of capacity, with a lid
- Graduated cylinder
- 50 millilitres of tea tree oil
- Small jar or container with at least 150 millilitres (about 3/4 cup) of capacity, with a lid
- 3.5 tbsp of beeswax
- 3.5 tbsp of lanolin
- 1 tbsp measuring spoon
- 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon
- Small mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
Measure 50 millilitres of water and place into a clean glass jar or bottle using a graduated cylinder or eyedropper.
Measure 50 millilitres of tea tree oil out using an eye dropper and place into the glass jar or bottle with the water.
Mix well and seal the bottle or jar with a lid and store in a cool dry place.
Mix well before using and apply a few drops of the tincture to the affected area.
Place 3.5 tbsp of beeswax into a mixing bowl using the measuring spoons.
Add 3.5 tbsp of lanolin to the mixing bowl with the beeswax using the measuring spoons and warm in the microwave at 30-second intervals until the substances are soft enough to blend.
Measure out 50 millilitres of tea tree oil using a graduated cylinder and pour into the mixing bowl. Mix to combine the ingredients thoroughly.
After the mixture has cooled, transfer the contents to small jar or container and seal.
Apply a small amount to the affected area when needed.
Tips and warnings
- If you do not like the smell of tea tree oil, you may add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your tincture or cream using an eyedropper before mixing.
- Tea tree oil is toxic if ingested. Tea tree oil antifungal treatments are for topical use only and should not be used inside of the mouth or other orifices of the body.
- Tea tree oil can be irritating to the skin. Before using a tincture or cream made with the oil, you should apply a test application to a non-sensitive area of your skin and observe for any adverse reactions. If your skin becomes irritated or other reactions occur, discontinue use immediately and contact your health care provider.
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