How to Dilute Tea Tree Oil With Water
Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant found in Australia. It has many uses, from disinfecting surfaces to treating nails and scalp. One of its most common uses is as an antifungal or anti-inflammatory agent for skin application.
However, when applying tea tree oil, it is important to properly dilute it in water. The oil can be too strong on its own, and can cause skin irritation or burning. Here is a guide to help you properly dilute tea tree oil with water:
Steps for Diluting Tea Tree Oil With Water
- Calculate the desired ratio. The amount of water you use should be 4 to 10 times greater than the tea tree oil. For example, 4 drops of tea tree oil to 1 teaspoon of water is a 1:4 ratio.
- Mix in a clean container. Pour the desired amount of water in a glass jar with a lid. Add the tea tree oil to the same container.
- Shake the mixture. Mix the oil and water together by shaking the container vigorously for a few seconds. The mixture should be thoroughly combined.
- Pour the mixture into a new clean container. This helps ensure that the container used for mixing the oil and water is completely clean and free from contaminants.
- Use the diluted tea tree oil. Depending on the intended purpose, you may now use the dilute oil directly on the affected area, or mix it into a carrier oil such as coconut oil.
If your skin becomes irritated after using tea tree oil, stop using it immediately and rinse the area with cool water. Consult your doctor if irritation persists.
By properly diluting tea tree oil with water, you can safely use its many benefits without irritating your skin.