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Tea Tree Oil for Yeast Infection


Tea tree oil is an essential oil distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native only to Australia. Used by the aborigines for many years for medicinal purposes, tea tree oil is commonly used all over the world for a vast array of skin ailments, and is also an antibacterial, an antifungal, and may even be an antiviral.

Tea Tree Oil for the Treatment of Yeast Infection


  • Coat a tampon with a water-based lubricant, apply just a couple of drops of tea tree oil, and insert. This may sting the outer genital area, and if so, simply use an applicator tampon to keep the tea tree oil covered until it is inserted. If this concentrated amount of tea tree oil stings too much, you may also put a few drops of the oil in a sitz bath.

Why It Works

Tea tree oil contains compounds called terpenoids, which act as an antifungal. It has been shown to kill Candida, the yeast responsible for vaginal infection, but there has not been enough research yet to be certain of its effectiveness in treating yeast infections.


Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic and can cause discomfort, particularly when applied to the soft tissues inside the vagina. This irritation can become severe, so stop use immediately if you feel more than minor stinging or burning. Those with eczema may be more likely to experience severe irritation. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use tea tree oil due to insufficient evidence of its safety. DO NOT take tea tree oil by mouth; it is highly toxic and potentially fatal, even in small doses.

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