Tea Tree Oil For Boils

Tea Tree Oil For BoilsBoils or Furuncles are developed when a hair follicle or blocked sweat gland is infected by bacteria. Generally, the most common areas of their appearance are on face, neck, shoulders, buttocks and scalp.

The main reasons behind the nasty problem can be a weak immune system, blood disorders, or exposure to chemicals, alcohol or diabetes.

Instead of depending on antibiotics for this common problem, try out a very simple, safe and effective solution like Tea Tree Oil.

Does Tea Tree Oil Really Work on Boils?

  • The antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties of tea tree oil, deal with the infection causing boils.
  • It contains terpinen-4-ol, fights with the bacteria like staph.
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the pain and inflammation.
  • According to a research, tea tree oil has shown activity against MRSA colonization.
  • It can be easily absorbed by the skin and act against the infection.
  • Regular usage of it can reduce itching and other discomforts caused by boils.

Want to know “How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Boils”?

Here are few methods you can try using tea tree oil alone or with other ingredients.

1) Tea Tree Oil

  • Wash the boil and its surrounding area with mild soap and warm water.
  • Add sea salt in hot water, dip a clean washcloth in it and place it on boils for 7 – 10 minutes.
  • Remove the washcloth and pat dry the skin.
  • Using a cotton ball, apply few drops of tea tree oil on boils.
  • Cover the area using an elastic bandage.
  • Leave it on for few minutes and remove the bandage.
  • Repeat 3 – 5 times daily for fast results.
  • Alternatively, you can just apply tea tree oil on boils.
  • Alternatively, saturate bandage with few drops of tea tree oil and cover the boils with it.

Note: If direct application of tea tree oil is causing irritation, then you can dilute it with water before application.

2) Tea Tree Oil Compress with Lavender Oil

Both Tea tree oil and lavender oil have anti-bacterial properties that kill the bacteria causing infection.

  • To a large bowl of hot water, add several drops of tea tree oil and few drops of lavender oil.
  • Stir well and soak a clean washcloth in the solution for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Now, wring out the excess and place it on boils.
  • Let it rest for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • This process makes the infection or pus come to the head of boil.
  • Using a cotton ball, apply tea tree oil on boils to clear the infection.
  • Repeat 3 times daily.

3) Tea Tree Oil with Coconut Oil

  • In 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, add 5 drops each of tea tree oil and frankincense oil.
  • Mix well and apply on boils using a cotton ball.
  • Leave it on for few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat 2 times a day.
  • Alternatively, for MRSA boil inside the nostril, mix 1-2 drops of tea tree oil in 2 – 3 ml of coconut oil. Apply the mixture on the boil using a q-tip.

4) Tea Tree Oil with Grape Seed Oil and Turmeric

  • Mix few drops of tea tree oil and enough grape seed oil and turmeric to make a thick paste.
  • Apply this paste on boils and leave it on for few minutes.
  • Alternatively, use vinegar or mycota powder instead of grape seeds oil.
  • Repeat 3 times a day regularly.

5) Tea Tree Oil with Carrier Oil

Process 1: This process is effective to treat boils on thighs and buttocks.

  • Mix few drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon carrier oil ( like almond oil, olive oil)
  • Stir well and apply the mixture on boils.
  • Leave it on for few minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat regularly.

Process 2: This process is effective for treating boils on scalp.

  • Mix equal quantities of tea tree oil and olive oil.
  • Stir well and massage the solution on scalp for few minutes.
  • Rinse off after 1 or 2 hours.
  • Repeat regularly.

6) Tea Tree Oil with Arnica Oil

This process helps to pop the boil in 1 or 2 days.

  • Add few drops of tea tree oil on arnica oil.
  • Apply the mixture on affected areas and apply a damp warm towel to reduce swelling.
  • Leave it on few minutes, remove the towel and rinse with water.
  • Repeat regularly.

7) Tea Tree Oil with Oregano Oil and Manuka Honey

All the ingredients present in this process have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which fight the bacterial infection and MRSA.

  • To 1 teaspoon of manuka honey, add few drops each of tea tree oil and oregano oil.
  • Mix well and apply the mixture on boils.
  • Leave it on for few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat regularly for few times day.

8) Tea Tree Oil Diffusion with Eucalyptus

Diffusing tea tree oil through cold air diffuser reduces the airborne bacteria like staph and MRSA.

  • Mix 15 drops each of tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil.
  • Add it to a portable or plug-in a diffuser.
  • Repeat 3 times daily to purify the air.

9) Tea Tree Oil Rinsing

This process helps to get rid of skin abscess effectively.

  • Add 20 drops each of tea tree oil and rosemary oil, 25 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of sandalwood oil.
  • Stir well and rinse the boils with it.
  • Alternatively, prepare a spray by mixing 5 – 10 drops each of tea tree oil, eucalyptus, lavender and geranium in 1-2 ounce of witch hazel. Spray the mixture over boils.
  • Repeat the process 3 – 4 times a week.

10) Tea Tree Oil for Scalp Boils

  • Mix 3 – 4 drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon each of lavender oil and olive oil.
  • Massage the mixture on scalp for few minutes.
  • Rinse it off properly with water.
  • Repeat regularly to clear scalp infections.

11) Tea Tree Oil with Aloe Vera

The anti-bacterial properties of both the ingredients attack and eliminate infections like MRSA and staph.

  • Combine few drops of tea tree oil and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
  • Apply the mixture on boils and let it sit for few minutes.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry.
  • Repeat regularly.

12) Tea Tree Oil with Camphor

  • Mix few drops of tea tree oil and a little camphor.
  • Spread the mixture on boils.
  • After 10 – 15 minutes, rinse off with water.
  • Pat the skin dry.
  • Repeat the application every day till the infection clears.

13) Tea Tree Oil with Lemon and Rosemary Essential Oil

This process helps to attract the infection to the head of the boil and drain out quickly.

  • Mix few drops of tea tree oil, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon Epsom salt.
  • Stir well and apply the paste on boils.
  • Leave it on for few minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat the application at regular intervals throughout the day.

14) Tea Tree Oil with Lemon and Rosemary Essential Oil

  • Fill a 2.3ml of bottle with 75% of lemon essential oil and 25% a blend of both tea tree oil and rosemary oil.
  • Shake well and apply the solution directly on boils.
  • Leave it on for few hours and rinse it off with water.
  • Repeat the application at regular intervals throughout the day.

Tips and Precautions:

  • Avoid squeezing and popping boils, as it increases the risk of spreading the infection to surrounding areas.
  • Use tea tree oil based soaps, creams, salves, oils and lotions for quick results.
  • Puritan’s pride, a tea tree oil based ointment prepared by mixing tea tree oil derivatives and other bacterial herbs which assist white blood cells in enhancing their anti-bacteria role.
  • Avoid tea tree oil application if you are allergic to it.
  • Avoid consuming tea tree oil, as it causes some serious side effects.
  • Applying tea tree oil with colloidal silver cream (natural disinfect ant) on boils regularly can also help.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using tea tree oil.
  • Always use pure tea tree oil for best results.
  • Even after draining out the pus, the bacteria still remain so continue the application for another 4 – 5 days.

Apart from above methods and tips, to avoid recurrence of boils, it is also important to take some precautions like eating healthy and nutritional diet, doing yoga or regular exercises, take enough rest to reduce stress. Have you also tried other remedies such as castor oil? We’ve written a separate about that just for you!

Did you find this article helpful? Did you try tea tree oil earlier or other home remedies for boils? Let us know in the comments section below.

3 comments
  1. Yes, it removed a skin tag and it stops boils at the first sign. I generally add a drop to a small piece of a cotton ball. I place that small cotton ball on a bandage, (making sure to tear the cotton ball so that some of the cotton hangs over to touch the tape of the bandage to secure it, and then I apply that to the affected area. I do at night and leave on until morning. I do for several nights. This cure has literally saved me huge doctor bills but it does smell; at least to me, it does.

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