Treating Dermatitis: Tea Tree Oil
The skin healing qualities in tea tree oil make it an obvious natural alternative to help soothe and heal the pain and irritation of dermatitis symptoms. But, although many people swear by the oil for symptom relief, there are no official hard and fast recommendations that will work for every user. Some people will see a distinct difference while using it, while others may not. Results, as the television commercials like to remind us, may vary.
Tea tree oil may be applied directly to the skin in its pure oil form daily to soothe symptoms and promote healing. Use as much or as little as you feel necessary to cover the entire area. To make an application mixture, add 50 drops of pure tea tree oil to 1 tbsp of cold pressed olive oil or fragrance free cream or lotion. Mix well and store in a glass container in a cool, dark place. Apply the mixture to your affected area daily.
Tea tree oil may cause additional skin irritation in people allergic to it, so apply a small amount to a healthy section of skin for an allergy test. A good standard is to wait 24 hours and check the test area for any reaction. If the area is clear, you are free to use the oil on your dermatitis.
Use tea tree oil as a topical agent only, as ingestion of even small quantities can cause severe reactions such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and reduced immune system function. Do not use it in your ear, as it may cause inner ear damage. Keep pets away from the oil, as it can be fatal to cats.