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A boil is a skin infection usually caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus (Staph) in a hair follicle or oil gland. This infection can be treated with natural remedies such as tea tree oil effectively.

tea tree oil for boils

When the infection occur the skin around the area of infection turns red and a lump begins to form. After growing for 4 to 7 days under the skin the lump turns white as pus collects under the skin. Sometimes the the infection can spread to the deeper tissues to cause furuncle or abscess.

Boils generally appear on the face neck, armpits, shoulders, thighs and buttocks. If a cluster of boils are formed then they called carbuncle.

What ever is the kind of boil you have on your body, the tea tree oil will heal it faster and stop it from spreading to the other area of the body.

How Tea Tree Oil Deals with Boils

As the name suggests the tea tree oil is made out of the leaves of the tea tree. However, these tea trees (Melaleuca alternifolia) native to Australia are not the same trees that gives you black and green teas from china, India and Sri Lanka.

Tea tree oil kills many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Therefore, its applications are wide ranging from killing molds to heal skin conditions and treat viral infections. Its topical application on the skin to treat skin infections such as acne fungal infection of the nails, head lice, scabies, boils and ringworms. It is also widely used as antiseptic on cuts, burns, insect bites and stings.

It is even used to treat cough, bronchitis and other pulmonary inflammations by adding it to bath water.

With so many health benefits of tea tree oil, you should always keep it in your medicine cabinet to deal with almost all kinds of conditions that require antiseptic, antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties in the treatment.

Tea tree oil and oil of oregano are the two products that are now widely used even by medical professionals to deal with Fungus and bacterial infections.

Research Work on Tea Tree Oil

Since the plant is native of Australia most of the research on tea tree oil has also been done in Australia. According to University of Western Australia the primary active ingredient of tea tree oil are terpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes and sesquiterpnes. These hydrocarbons are volatile and aromatic. They can travel through skin pores and mucus membranes.

A British study found tea tree oil to be non poisonous and gentle to the skin.

There are many other research works that have given positive indication of it being useful in stoping of growth of cancer cells.

How to use tea tree Oil for Boils?

Let us now see how you can use tea tree oil along with other ingredients to deal with boils on different parts of your body.

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1. Tea Tree Oil Application

You need to wash clean the boil and surrounding area with warm water and pat dry with towel.

  • Aplly 2-3 drops of tea tree oil on the boil
  • Cover it with a cotton ball
  • Apply a bandage to keep the oil in place
  • Do it 2-3 times a day.

You can also apply a few drops of the tea tea oil on a bandage and wrap it around the boil.

Whichever method you use, make sure that the applied tea tree oil is not more than 2-3 drops and is used on the boil and the sweeled area.

2. Tea Tree Oil with Coconut oil

Coconut oil is also antibacterial product. It acts as a carrier of tea tree oil to keep it on the boil. You don't have to use any bandage.

  • Wash the boil and surrounding area with warm water
  • Take 5 drops of coconut oil in a tablespoon or a teaspoon and add 3 drops of tea tree oil
    mix it well
  • Apply it on boil with q-tip

Let it stay there. It will go to the infection through the skin pores and act on bacteria.

3. Tea Tree Oil and Almond Oil for Scalp Boil

A boil on the scalp is as difficult to treat as a boil in the butt crack, but the best way to heel boil on the scalp is to use a combination of almond oil and tea tree oil.

  • Take 5 drops of almond oil on a teaspoon
  • Add 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • Mix it well and apply on the scalp boil with q-tip by parting your hair and exposing the boil so that you can easily apply the oil mix.
  • You can apply it 2-3 times a day to get the fast results

You can you wash your head once a day and then apply the above mix. You don't have to wash your hand every time you apply the tree tea oil and almond oil mix.

4. Tea Tree Oil and Oil of Oregano

Both tree tea oil and oil of oregano are powerful antiseptic and antibacterial products. The combination makes it more potent mixture to deal with most stubborn boils.

  • Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with 3 drops of oil of oregano in a teaspoon
  • Apply directly on the boil with q-tip.
  • Do it to 3 times a day

This combination will deal with most difficult strain of bacteria such as MRSA.

5. Tea Tree Oil with Aloe Vera

The combination of tea tree oil with aloe vera is one of the easiest way to apply tree tea Oil on a boil and let it stay there without bandage.

  • Take half teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Fresh gel is better, but you can use commercially purchased aloe vera gel.
  • Add 3 drops of tea tree oil and mix it well
  • Clean the boil and surrounding area with warm water
  • Apply the tea tree oil and Aloe Vera Gel mix on the boil and in the surrounding area.
  • Leave it there until it dries out

You can use tea tree oil with various other antiseptic and antibacterial natural products such as turmeric, camphor other essential oils like Rosemary oil and Lavender oil. The list of natural antibacterial product is big and tea tree oil can be used with most of these products to deal with boils.


If boils are not treated with anything enen then they will still be cleared in 4-7 days. You need to ensure proper hygiene, so that they don't recure in the surrounding area as they are highly contagious.

Applying antiseptic and antibacterial agents like tea tree oil helps to kill the bacteria faster and heal the boil quickly. It also stops spreading.

Do not pop or squeeze boil.

Some people, although rare, are allergic to tea tree oil. In that case you have to use other natural antiseptic products.

If your boil had not healed (very unlikely but can happen), or you have messed it up then contact your doctor. Otherwise in most cases tea tree oil for boils is good enough.