Tea tree oil is an essential oil which is known for its strong anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. Tea tree oil is used for the treatment of wide range of conditions ranging from cuts, bruises, infections of the nose, throat, mouth and ears. Over the years, tea tree oil has gained phenomenal reputation due to its anti-septic properties.
Cellulitis refers to bacterial infection of the skin tissue, which infects the skin via a cut or a scrape. While most severe forms of cellulitis can be life threatening and often require hospitalization, tea tree oil is considered to be useful in treatment of mild forms of cellulitis. In general tea tree oil is considered safe for use in treatment of cellulitis; however it is imperative to consult your physician before using it.
Causes And Symptoms Of Cellulitis
Cellulitis is a skin condition which is characterized by inflammation of skin tissue caused due to bacterial infection. While the skin infection can be caused by any bacteria, the two most common bacteria responsible for cellulitis include staphylococcus and streptococcus.
Cellulitis is associated with a host of symptoms which include fever with chills, muscle pain, excessive sweating, weakness and fatigue, etc. After about 24 hours of the infection, cellulitis may lead to formation of rash on the skin which is sore, warm to touch, shiny and has sharp borders. If not treated promptly the condition may spread to result in systemic sepsis, which may be life threatening.
How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Cellulitis?
Tea tree oil on the other hand contains strong anti-septic and anti-microbial properties which help destroy microbes responsible for the development of cellulitis. As per experts, tea tree oil was widely used prior to the First World War to treat war injuries and its use declined after the advent of antibiotics.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil and should be applied locally over the skin to treat cellulitis. While highly concentrated solution of tea tree oil can be associated with skin burning and irritation, it is recommended to use the oil after diluting it with some form of base oil like avocado or wheat germ.
Tea tree oil should not be taken internally. The oil is associated with severe side effects when consumed internally even in very small doses. Side effects may range for nausea, vomiting and abdominal colic to drowsiness, confusion and coma.
Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil For Cellulitis
Tea tree oil can be used effectively to treat scrapes, cuts or other forms of skin injuries to prevent the onset of cellulitis. There are several advantages of using tea tree oil for treatment of cellulitis,
- Unlike antibiotics, tea tree oil is not associated with any form of bacterial resistance and can be used frequently and regularly.
- Tea tree oil has to be applied locally and not ingested, which helps avoid side effects like gastric burning and diarrhea, which are associated with the consumption of antibiotics.
- Tea tree oil is safe and rarely associated with allergic reactions or side effects, from tropical use.