Using Tea Tree Oil as an Antiviral
Tea tree oil is known for its antiviral properties and is an effective natural remedy for fighting viral infections. It can provide relief from symptoms associated with many illnesses, including the common cold, influenza and even HIV. Here’s how to use tea tree oil to your advantage as an antiviral:
- Dilute the Tea Tree Oil: Before using tea tree oil, it should be diluted with a carrier oil, like coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil. For every 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil, use 3 teaspoons of the carrier oil.
- Make a Tea Tree Oil Compress: To use tea tree oil to treat a viral infection, you can make an oil compress. Soak a small cotton cloth in a mixture of warm water and diluted tea tree oil. Wring out the excess water and place the cloth on the affected areas for 10 minutes.
- Diffuse the Tea Tree Oil: If a topical application is not suitable, tea tree oil can also be used in a diffuser. Place a few drops of the diluted tea tree oil into a diffuser and set the timer to 30 minutes. This will help purify the air and will help to fight the virus.
- Inhale the Steam: Make a facilitating steam with diluted tea tree oil. Boil some water and add a few drops of the oil. Place your face over the pot and cover your head with a towel. Breathe in the steam for 10 minutes. This will help to clear your sinuses and reduce the risk of infection.
- Always use tea tree oil that is 100% pure, unrefined and of therapeutic grade.
- If you have sensitive skin, test the oil first on a small area before applying it to larger areas of the skin.
- If you are pregnant, avoid applying tea tree oil to the skin.
Using tea tree oil as an antiviral can be safe and effective when used correctly. Be sure to use the purest oil possible and always use it diluted. Keep in mind that tea tree oil should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. If symptoms don’t improve, be sure to consult with a healthcare professional.