Treat Infection with Tea Tree Oil Soap
Tea tree oil originates from a plant native to Australia, called the Melaleuca alternefolia, and has marked its presence for treating skin ailments, over the past century. It is known for obliterating various strains of fungi, bacteria and viruses and is now a common ingredient in skin enhancing treatments for conditions like acne and eczema. The oil’s popularity has grown exponentially in the last decade, as it is now being added to soaps, shampoos, lotions and other personal care products. The current discourse talks about the treatment of skin infection, using tea tree oil soap.
Tea tree oil, in its low concentration mode, as in tea tree oil soap, can be used for a variety of conditions including sunburn, prickly heat, dermatitis, psoriasis, tropical ringworm, lice, cosmetic rashes, abrasions, bacterial skin infections, insect bites and yeast infections. Human skin is prone to four kinds of skin infections, namely- bacterial infection, viral infection, fungal infection and parasitic infection. Let us quickly study what they are and how effectively can tea tree oil soap cure them.
- Treatment For Cellulitis: Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the inner layer, dermis of the skin. It also affects the fat and other soft tissues beneath the layer of the skin. Cellulitis is caused when a certain group of bacteria penetrates through cuts, burns, grazes or bites, deep into the skin. People with weak immune system are more likely to develop this infection. Blood circulatory problems may lead to this condition, as a poor blood supply to the tissues cannot fight against infections. Tea tree oil is a potent healer and when added to soap, it increases the blood flow to the infected area thus, healing the tissues and eradicating this skin condition.
- Acne and Eczema Treatment: Acne is a very common skin disease that appears most often on the face, neck, shoulders and back, which may come in many forms. Eczema is a chronic skin disease that can affect people of all ages, leaving the skin sore and itchy. The powerful antiseptic property of tea tree oil makes it perfect for use in topical products, like tea tree oil soaps, for the treatment of acne and eczema.
- Treatment For Skin Fungal Infections: Skin infections like candida and athletes foot, which are caused by fungi, are highly susceptible to eradication by tea tree oil soap, due to its knack for killing off fungus. Sugar feeds the fungus and it eventually turns into parasitic infection in our body. Various chemical components of tea tree oil have different ways of acting on yeast. Consequently, there is a healing synergy between these chemicals that fight candida germ tubes and various fungal and parasitic skin infections. Research suggests, about 3 percent concentration of tea tree oil is sufficient, fighting against all species of fungus, yeast and parasites. A tea tree oil soap diluted with coconut oil and honey is significant in fighting all species of fungi, as these oils too have similar anti fungal properties.
- Masking Body and Foot Odor: Body odor is often caused by bacteria found on the skin. The anti microbial action of tea tree oil soap is effective at killing those bacteria and minimising the odor, hence providing no room for bacteria to grow.
- Treatment Against Warts and Other Viral Infections: Warts is a viral infection caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The anti viral properties of tea tree oil soap help fight against this non cancerous skin growth. Herpes simplex is another skin infecting virus, which is mainly classified as cold sores and genital herpes. The anti viral properties of tea tree oil soap, containing Vitamin E, C and zinc oxide, can help treat herpes. You need to strengthen your immune system and need to stop the virus from replicating so that you can put it in a dormant state. Tea tree oil soap can be used as an apt skin infection treatment to effectively combat these viruses.
- Other Skin Infections: Tea tree oil has potent anti inflammatory properties which make it ideal to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. This property also minimises the pain and inflammation if insect bites or in case of any cuts or burns. Studies confirm the effectiveness of tea tree oil for skin infections in killing specific bacteria like staphylococcus and MRSA. Some malignant skin disorders can be treated with a combination of tea tree and frankincense oil. Both these oils have shown promising effects on cancer cells, hence curing skin cancer. It has good anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties due to the presence of compound called flavonoids. Ringworm is another type of fungal infection that can affect our body, scalp or feet. They render the skin Itchy with red scaly patches, which sometimes form in a ring like shape. Since ringworms are contagious, adding tea tree oil to soap increases its anti microbial capacity, thus hampering the growth of fungi and terminating it completely.
Tea tree oil should never be ingested, as it is toxic for the nervous system and devolves white blood cells noticeably. For this reason, it is best suited as a topical remedy, in fairly moderate concentrations, to be used in the personal care range.
Author Bio: John Torgerson
John Torgerson is a fitness coach and health writer. He advocates promoting personal hygiene among athletes, besides this he contributes for various online health publications that mainly cover health guides, fitness and yoga.