Tea tree oil, or Melaleuca oil, is an essential oil derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to Australia. It is toxic when taken internally, but thanks to its many properties it is widely used in the cosmetic industry, and it is also an important ingredient in natural health and body treatments: tea tree oil can be found in shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste, creams, gels and lotions, but it is also sold in its pure form, usually in small bottles with a dropper. If you want to buy pure tea tree oil, please pay attention: sometimes you can find a so-called “cosmetic tea tree oil”, that is actually 90% soybean oil and 10% tea tree oil. While tea tree oil must be used only after dilution to avoid irritation, it is best to buy it in pure form and dilute it as needed, so that you can choose the dilution and the oil in which to dilute it.
Tea tree oil can be used to treat many skin problems such as acne, thanks to its antibiotic and antiseptic properties, and it can also be useful in the treatment of head lice infestations. It is also a safe and effective way to treat warts and moles.
Warts are small growths that mostly appear on hands and feet, caused by a virus called Human Papillomavirus (HPV); although they are mostly harmless, they can be contagious and they do sometimes require surgery. They are very difficult to get rid of, because even if they are removed, they can reappear after months or even years.
There are many methods used to remove warts: most of them are used by doctors in medical practices, such as cryo-techniques (freezing warts), laser therapy or mechanical removal. Sometimes, drugs such as salicylic acid (aspirin) can be prescribed, but in most cases warts can also be treated with tea tree oil.
Removal of Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are warts that are located on your feet; they are usually harmless and respond well to tea tree oil applications. Since the feet skin is very thick, this is one of the only times when you can use undiluted tea tree oil. If you have sensitive skin, though, try using a 50% dilution. Since essential oils are hydrophobic, it is best to dilute them in oil, but you can also use aloe vera gel, water or herbal infusions. In order to remove plantar warts, apply the diluted tea tree oil on the wart using a cotton ball. Don’t try and apply the oil with your bare hands, because warts are contagious and you could pass them from your feet to your hands. Repeat the treatment two or three times a day, until the wart is gone.
Removal of Warts on Other Parts of the Body
You can also use tea tree oil to treat warts located in other parts of the body; since the skin is thinner and more sensitive, dilute the tea tree oil by at least 50%, even more if you have sensitive skin. Keep in mind that the more concentrated the oil is, the faster it will act, so try and choose the best dilution to reach a compromise between effectiveness and safety: you want those warts gone, but you don’t want to cause any skin irritation.
Tea Tree Oil Use At Night
If you want faster results, you can also use tea tree/Melaleuca oil at night. In order to do this, dilute the tea tree oil in olive oil (or any oil of your choice) and dip a piece of gauze in the mixture. Apply to the wart and use a plaster to keep the gauze in place, then leave it on overnight. This method will yield faster results than the first one, and it is especially useful for plantar warts.
Genital warts can be very dangerous, so please seek medical advice before treating them with tea tree oil. If there isn’t any broken or irritated skin, and if a doctor has ruled out any possible complications, they can be treated with tea tree oil overnight using the same method that we described above. Please keep in mind that the skin on your genitals can be way more sensitive than in other areas of the body, so try a lower dilution than you would use elsewhere.
In this treatment, it is quite crucial that you consider the degree of susceptibility of your skin. If used oil concentration causes annoyance, raise the amount of dilution with aloe vera gel, herbal decoctions, water or juice or olive oil.