Tea tree oil is a volatile essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odour, derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia plant, found in Australia. The medicinal use of tea tree oil has been in existence for perhaps thousands of years by the aboriginal communities along the eastern coast of Australia. It has a wide range of dermatological applications.
Effect of Tea Tree Oil in Psoriasis
Tea tree oil has got powerful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that makes it a wonderful natural remedy not only in certain skin ailments but also for various other conditions. It contains multiple compounds including terpenin, the main antiseptic component that is known to kill certain bacteria, fungi and viruses. Even though it is widely used and likely to be effective in acne, athlete’s foot, minor wounds etc., only anecdotal evidences are available to prove its efficiency in psoriatic conditions. It may be used in mild to moderate degrees of psoriasis if the person is comfortable. For some it may provide a temporary relief from the psoriatic irritations but for many others it may not work well. It would be helpful to use tea tree oil as an adjunct therapy along with the main medication.
Heals Bug Bites
Psoriatic patients should be cautious about bug bites, stings and even minor wounds as it may further worsen their lesions. In these cases, tea tree oil can be used by them as it acts as an insect-repellent and as an antiseptic.
Relieves stress and anxiety
Moreover, it is used in aromatherapy and known to have a relaxing effect on body and mind. Since stress and sleeplessness can flare up the psoriatic lesions, tea tree oil can help people with an anxiety issue, chronic stress and insomnia to a greater extent. However, inhaling it for a longer duration may also lead to headaches.
How to use tea tree oil in scalp psoriasis ?
Tea tree oil has to be used with carrier oils like cold pressed virgin coconut oil , castor oil , Olive Oil or sesame oil. Add 3 to 4 drops of this oil in 10 ml of carrier oil. Massage this oil onnscalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off with ayurvedic natural shampoo for psoriasis. This essential oil can be added to shampoo for more benefits.
How to use tea tree oil in psoriasis of feet, hands and leg ?
Mix this essential oil with suitable ayurvedic body cream. You can use ayurvedic cream for psoriasis (provided it does not have tea tree oil as ingredient) . Mix 4 to 5 drops of this oil in 2 tea spoons of cream and apply on feet, hands , palms and legs. Apply this twice daily.
How to use tea tree oil in nail psoriasis ?
Neem oil is very effective in nail psoriasis. Mix 2 drops of neem oil, and 5 drops of tea tree oil in 10 ml of carrier oil of your choice. Apply this on nails and leave it for 20 minutes. Wear socks and wash it off after 12 hours. This can be mixed with neem creams too.
Why tea tree oil has to be mixed with carrier oil ?
It is commonly used in diluted form with other carrier oils as it is hot in potency. In psoriasis, it should be added to a highly moisturising oil like olive oil. Otherwise it may make the skin drier. For sensitive skin, it should be diluted even more.
It can be added in drops to your toner, moisturiser, sunscreen, shampoo etc.
Since it has got purifying and cleansing action, a few drops can be added with water in a spray bottle and use on surfaces for cleaning. Similarly, it can be used in diffuser.
Always check for any allergies to the oil or the source plant. If present, do not use it anywhere around your home.
It is always better to use internal medications like ayurvedic capsules and tablets for psoriasis along with topical applications. Neem capsules, curcumin with piperine capsules are good for psoriasis.
Safety precautions to use tea tree oil
Most people can use topical skin care products containing tea tree oil without problems, but some people may develop contact dermatitis or skin irritation. Allergic reaction would cause additional redness, itching and warmth at the point of contact on skin. It is always advisable to do a patch test to check for any adverse reactions. It is toxic when swallowed and can be dangerous in children and pets, in particular. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also be cautious as little is known about its effect on them. Most importantly, it is always best to consult your doctor before using any over the counter products.
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