The versatile Melaleuca – more commonly known as tea tree oil – has been used medicinally for centuries. It got its name from 18th century sailors who discovered the tree and began to making tea with it. Today’s black and green teas are made from an entirely different tree – but that’s an entirely different story.
This story deals with the amazing properties of tea tree oil! It’s used to help treat everything from acne to dandruff to athlete’s foot. It effectively kills mold, fungus, and lice. It repels insects. It reduces inflammation. It soothes skin. It’s included in hand sanitizers, all-purpose cleaners, and natural deodorant. It’s used to heal cuts and scrapes. I told you it was versatile!
Tea tree oil has so many uses, but I personally add it to my feminine spray because of its amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties. Research shows that it can kill not only fungus but also yeast, and vaginal suppositories with tea tree oil in them have been shown to effectively treat yeast infections.
Tea Tree Oil: A Tried-and-True Treatment for Yeast Infections
If you want to try an at-home cure for a yeast infection, you have a few options. You could try an over-the-counter treatment (which for me rarely worked), you could use a feminine spray or suppository with tea tree oil as an ingredient, or you could make your own at home.
To do this, either soak a tampon in tea tree oil (and carrier oil) and then insert it and leave it in overnight, or make a frozen mold of tea tree oil, lavender oil, and unrefined coconut oil using this recipe. Just make sure everything is completely organic.
The suppository should be used for six days and should be inserted at the same time each day. Before bed is ideal, because then you can just leave it in overnight. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly, and insert it as you would a tampon. That’s it!
Some Things to Consider with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be a skin healer for some and a skin irritant for others. For this reason, it’s important to test a small area of the skin before using it. Also dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil or olive oil. And if you’re using condoms or diaphragms as birth control, you may want to secure a backup since oil can make them less effective. Better safe than sorry!