Tea Tree Essential Oil For Cuts And Wounds
Cuts and wounds are things which can be treated with great effect using Tea Tree oil. There are a variety of ways that you can use Melaleuca treat these type of injuries. Plus it benefits them in a variety of ways, its antiseptic nature is incredibly beneficial here, though its tissue regenerative function is more so in many ways. This wonderful essential oil helps to clean and clear wounds, keeping infection out and thus aiding healing, plus it helps to promote faster healing by regenerating the tissues that were damaged.
How Melaleuca Helps Treat Wounds And Cuts
The specific properties which are beneficial here are the analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral and of course as a tissue regenerator. This combination of things covers the spectrum of issues that can arise from cuts and wounds, treating them naturally and helping your body in a holisitic way.
These properties are the reason that many companies use Melaleuca extracts, particularly the essential oil, in various creams and washes that are sold to aid with healing and cleaning wounds. Using pure Tea Tree essential oil to treat them is in many ways better as the oil in its pure form is completely natural, and as such healthier in many ways.
Whilst a large number of oils come with warnings about being placed directly on the skin, Ti Tree is safe to use on the skin in non-dilute form. Something which can be very useful. Pure Melaleuca essential oil placed on cuts and wounds, any open skin, will likely sting quite a lot. It will do you a good deal of benefit though. That said there are various ways that you can use it to help you heal.
How To Use Tea Tree Essential Oil To Treat Cuts And Wounds
These applications are basically all topical in nature, whilst use in an aroma diffuser will be pleasant it will achieve less for the area in direct need of it.
As A Wash
Whilst the essential oil is non-soluble in water you can still use it to prepare and form a very good wash to cleanse and clean out open skin, wounds and cuts. To do this it is wise to use boiled fresh water, though wait for the water to cool. Applying water over about 50 degrees celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) can be painful and damage your skin. So draw some fresh water from the tap, boil it and allow it to cool. You can use cold water from the tap, or bottled water, in an emergency, though boiled is better.
In a cup of hot water place 2 drops of Tea Tree oil, then stir well. Take a clean cotton cloth or swab and dip it in the solution. Then use the cloth or swab to clean the cut or wound using a gentle sweeping motion. You may well feel a stinging sensation, that is the Melaleuca cleaning the area and being sensed by the nerve endings. It is strong stuff.
For minor cuts and wounds do your best to leave them open to air. This will help the healing process and aid the wound to seal over naturally and quickly. If the wound requires a bandage to keep it together and preventing a large wound from becoming larger then apply a fresh dressing, changing dressing on a regular basis. Seek medical attention if the wound is serious and you have any concerns.
You can use a wash whenever you change dressings, or feel the need to. It will help to keep the healing area clean, as well as promoting effective healing.
This will likely sting a large amount, and potentially it may hurt quite a lot. That said applying the oil directly does get it right to where it can do the most good. Use in moderation, just use 2 drops when treating a cut or wound, if you need to use more than this then use the wash as outlined above. Direct application is intended for smaller areas.
To use in this manner first rinse the cut or wound out with clean water. Then use a swab or clean cotton cloth to apply the oil. If you have thoroughly cleansed your hands then you can apply it using your finger, if you are going to apply it in this way then ensure your hands and finger are completely clean. Again keep the area open to the air if possible, otherwise apply a fresh dressing.
If you like you can actually place 1 or 2 drops on a dressing. The amount of drops depending on the size of the dressing, and of course the wound or cut. Place the drops on the side of the dressing that will be against the skin, allowing the drops to soak in a little before actually placing the dressing over the injury.
By doing this you have the oil in a place where its therapeutic properties can work continually in a measure to aid healing. By having it in the dressing it will continually be exerting the various properties listed above. The antiseptic nature helping to keep the wound clear especially. Whilst the tissue regenerator function will aid in speeding up effective healing. Each time you change the dressing you can apply Tea Tree oil in this way and you will gain a positive benefit from it.
Getting The Best Results When Treating Wounds With Tea Tree Oil
To get the best results use a combination of the applications outlined above. Either apply directly or use as a wash depending on the size of the cut or wound. Then apply to a dressing, placing 1 or 2 drops on the side that will go against your skin.
If you have any concerns, if the wound is serious, there is a potential for complications or there are foreign bodies lodged in the injury then seek medical assistance. These methods are only suggestions for treating minor conditions that you would treat yourself. For everything else seek medical attention.
Provided the condition is something you would treat yourself then please do use Melaleuca to help you. Cuts and wounds are among the most common Tea Tree oil uses, largely because they can be treated so effectively. As always, using a high quality source of this essential oil brings the best results. More from the essential oils guide.