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Does Tea Tree Oil for Yeast Infection Work?

Yeast infection is very co
mmon, especially among women, and extremely upsetting for its victims. Here we discuss the potential benefits of tea tree oil for yeast infection...
What is Tea Tree Oil?
It is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the tea tree -- Latin name Melaleuca alternifolia -- found in South East Australia. This is not the tea plant from which you get the leaves for your daily cup of tea: this is a completely different species.
Some say that it got its name from 18th century sailors who thought that the leaves smelled like nutmeg. Others say that they used the leaves to make tea and named the tree accordingly.
What we do know is that the leaves have been used as a natural medicine by the aboriginal people of Australia since ancient times. Because of this many modern clinical studies have been made into its potential use...
Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
The oil contains compounds called terpenoids which have antiseptic and antifungal properties.
Some studies indicate that it may help in the treatment of things like, bacterial infections, acne, dandruff, head lice, athlete's foot, cold sores, wounds and skin lesions.
Tea Tree Oil for Yeast Infection
Since it has particular antifungal benefits, several small-scale studies have been carried out to discover whether or not it is effective against the Candida albicans fungus which is the major cause of yeast infection.
In one particular study, the oil was found to be effective for oral thrush when used as a mouthwash.
In another study, there was some evidence that its topical application could help to treat other yeast infections, such as that of the skin.
Although the studies are encouraging, it's probably safe to say that most professionals believe that there is insufficient evidence to prove that tea tree oil works for yeast infection, and that more large-scale clinical trials are needed.
However, there is a lot of anecdotal success stories from actual sufferers who have used tea tree oil for their yeast infections.
If you are still considering using this remedy as many people have done, then you should consult with your doctor first. You need to make sure that it's right for your particular case.
Where to Get Tea Tree Oil
You can buy it as an essential oil from pharmacies, health stores, some supermarkets and even online.
At the same time there are many products containing low levels of tea tree oil, such as shampoos, soaps, creams, lotions, and toothpaste.
Precautions
  • You need to be aware that the oil is toxic if swallowed. So only use it as a mouthwash under a doctor's supervision.
  • Undiluted, it can irritate skin tissue and cause itching, redness, and blisters.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding then you mustn't use this remedy.
  • Given its toxicity, you must keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
Tea tree oil for yeast infection is very popular. But, whilst it may get rid of the symptoms, you really need to address the underlying triggers to stay Candida-free.

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