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How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Yeast Infections

author image Sharon Therien
Sharon Therien has been writing professionally since 2007. She specializes in health writing and copywriting for websites, blogs and businesses. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Reiki Master with a Certificate in Fitness and Nutrition. Therien has a Master of Arts in sociology from Florida Atlantic University.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Yeast Infections
Tea tree oil contains antibacterial and antifungal components that might treat yeast infections. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Tea tree essential oil is one alternative treatment for vaginal yeast infections. Tea tree oil, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties, work to fight different types of yeast infections. A 2006 study in "BMC Infectious Diseases" by Fracesca Mondello et al found terpinen-4-ol, an ingredient in tea tree oil, effective against vaginal yeast infections in rats. Researchers noted that tea tree oil could possibly be a treatment method for C. albicans vaginal infections. Choose one of the numerous methods using this essential oil for yeast infections. Speak to a certified aromatherapist on the proper ways to use essential oils and consult a doctor on the best treatment method for your yeast infection.


Step 1

Mix 1 drop tea tree essential oil and 1 drop lavender essential oil with 1 tsp. cider vinegar.

Step 2

Allow the essential oils to dissolve in the vinegar, which takes a few minutes.

Step 3

Pour the mixture into 2 c. warm water.

Step 4

Pour the liquid into a douche bag.

Step 5

Shake the contents and perform the douche according to the directions with the bag.

Sitz Bath

Step 1

Fill the tub with enough water to cover your pelvis.

Step 2

Blend 2 to 4 drops tea tree oil with 1 tsp. vegetable oil.

Step 3

Add the oil to the bath and stir it into the water.

Step 4

Sit in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes each day until your symptoms subside.

Additional Methods

Step 1

Purchase tea tree oil vaginal suppositories or tea tree oil cream at a health food store or pharmacy.

Step 2

Insert a tea tree oil vaginal suppository into your vagina once a day or apply tea tree oil cream, following package directions.

Step 3

Use the suppositories or cream until your symptoms subside.

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