All natural treatment for boils using tea tree oil
If you suffer from nasty and painful boils, try using tea tree oil as an all-natural alternative treatment.
Boils are a common name for a skin infection that usually begins in the hair follicle area. The first sign of a boil is usually redness, then a tender lump will typically develop in the infected area.
A few days after the lump appears it will start turning white as pus begins to collect under the skin.
Boils most commonly occur in places such as the neck, buttocks, face, neck and armpits. If a boil appears on the eyelid it is usually referred to as a sty. A carbuncle is when several boils appear together in one group - this is a much more serious type of skin infection.
What causes boils on the skin?
Boils are most commonly caused by the staphylococcal bacteria. This germ will typically enter the body via any tiny nicks or cuts on the skin’s surface, and then travels down the hair shaft into the follicle.
If the following symptoms start to appear it’s a good idea to seek medical help:-
• swollen lymph nodes
• severe pain
• boil not draining
• skin around the boil has red streaks
The above symptoms would indicate you have a severe infection in addition to the boil, so medical intervention would be advised.
Treating boils with tea tree oil - does it work?
Tea tree oil contains anti-fungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties, making it the perfect natural remedy to treat painful boils on the skin. The oil has been used for thousands of years by the native Aboriginal people of Australia (you can read about the history of tea tree oil here).
Many people have been using tea tree oil for boils and carbuncles because it will speed up the healing process and relieve discomfort in a natural way.
Tea tree oil also has natural anti-inflammatory properties so it will help to reduce any swelling and redness at the same time as it fights off the germs caused by bacteria.
How to use tea tree oil for boils
Here’s an easy way to treat boils at home using tea tree oil:-
• Dip a cotton tip or Q-tip into your bottle of tea tree oil
• Gently apply the tea tree oil over the boil area.
Immediately discard the used cotton tip, being careful it doesn’t come into contact with other ‘uninfected’ parts of your skin - this will help prevent further infections.
Repeat the above process several times a day – within a few days you should start seeing a noticeable improvement of your boil.
Is tea tree oil good for boils?
If you care about what you put on your skin and into your body, then tea tree oil is the perfect treatment for boils. Make sure you buy 100% pure essential tea tree oil - you can usually find it in most drug stores, health shops and some department and grocery stores.