Can Tea Tree Oil Be Used To Treat Yeast Infections?

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Tea Tree Oil. By kinclli (Own photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Fans of natural remedies are certain the community at large can treat many types of infections with non-medical remedies. They eschew doctors and pharmaceuticals as much as they can, insisting that over-the-counter and prescription drugs do more harm than good in many instances, and often they are right. If one catches an infection early enough, it is likely to respond to a natural remedy, something one’s grandmother or people from much earlier generations used successfully for decades or centuries before pills and potions were created and sold by drug stores. Is a yeast infection susceptible to home-based remedies? If so, could tea tree oil be one of the potential treatments?

What is a Yeast Infection?

Most women will experience a yeast infection at some time in their lives, often during pregnancy or an illness. Bacteria feed off sugar produced in a woman’s vaginal area and potentially a man’s genitals, where it is painfully irritating. Yeast infections are most common in women. In fact,they are so common that medical professionals estimate most women will experience this condition multiple times in their lives, but can treat it quickly and cheaply on their own.

What is Tea Tree Oil?

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Tea Tree swamp. By Mark Marathon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Today’s consumer is familiar with the oil of an Australian tree, the Tea Tree, which has been applied to many everyday products. They include shampoos, cleaners, and soaps. Tea Tree Oil cleanses and soothes skin, is antibacterial, and smells lovely. As natural products go, it is one of the most versatile and often seen natural products in stores selling health foods and herbal remedies.

How to Treat a Yeast Infection with Tea Tree Oil

How does one tackle a yeast infection using only a few drops of something that can be bought over the counter? Using sterile equipment, it is actually very easy; but be prepared: those who have tried it say that tea tree oil might sting. Apply some of the oil to a tampon and apply it right in the vagina. If the area stings excessively or tea tree oil causes greater discomfort after several minutes have passed, that is a sign some other treatment is probably better. An allergic reaction might be brewing. If stinging is mild and recedes, allow tea tree oil to destroy bacteria before their numbers increase too much and a doctor’s prescription is required. Repeat this procedure several times but go to the doctor if this and other approaches are unsuccessful. Read labels carefully and choose only pure tea tree oil, no substitutes.

Other Natural Treatments for Yeast Infection

If tea tree oil is not working, there are several other potential remedies that could be used instead of or along side this natural substance. Eating plain yogurt (not sweetened varieties) containing active bacterial cultures will replenish the body’s existing supply of healthy bacteria. These act to fight off the bugs that devour Candida, the offending sugar. As a general rule, maintaining a healthy immune system and cutting back on excess sugars can prevent yeast infections. Drinking cranberry juice has been known to help as well, but choose only natural cranberry juice; nothing with added sugar.

In the following video, the use of tea tree oil for home treatment of a yeast infection is demonstrated.

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