- Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil
- How To Apply Tea Tree Oil To Nails : The Complete Guide
- How To Apply Tea Tree Oil To Nails : Step By Step Guide
This post was most recently updated on May 20th, 2019
How To Apply Tea Tree Oil To Nails : No one ever thought that a simple oil such as tree tree oil could put a stop to nail fungus problem for good.
Not until recent discoveries made it known and ever since then, a lot of persons has benefited from this wonder oil.
Tea tree oil might have been around for quite some time now but not too many people know how to apply it to their nails.
To think of it that it can do more than just taking care of nail fungus is just amazing.
Are you among those who don’t know how to apply tea tree oil to nails? Worry not as this article contains all you need.
In this article, we are going to open your eyes to all the wonder that accompanies tea tree oil.
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Not just that, we are going to show you a step by step approach on how to successfully apply tea tree oil to your nails..
But before I do so, let me share this life story with you.
When I was small, my granny has always hard this issue with her toe. (The right big toe to be precise)
It has always been there even before I was born – so i was told.
According to my mum, she has had this for like 5 years before I was giving birth to.
During those times, science has not really evolved so there were hardly any hospital back then except for this medicine men.
It got so worst that her nail bed was almost completely gone.
Not until one medicine man from the neighboring village came to our village in search for a particular herb.
Remember at that point, there were no visible hospital around that we could take my granny to.
We where just doing try and luck as Nigerians would call it, with every medicine men that comes our way.
Unfortunately, little did we know that the cure to my granny’s toenail fungus problem lies within us – few steps from our home to say.
Upon arrival of the medicine man, he examined the whole issue and looked around.
To our greatest surprise, he went straight to where we had this tree tree plant.
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He took at some few leaves, squeezed the liquid out with his palms and placed the liquid on my granny’s toe.
And ever since then, she has not hard and any complication from her toe again.
It was later we learnt that that tree known to provide shade (Melaleuca alternifolia) contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties capable of taking care of nail fungus.
What’s the catch in all of this?
There are a thousand and one problem that can be solved with almost every tree or plants around us.
Those tree or plants are not just there for fancy. They do have a purpose to serve.
So it is with Melaleuca alternifolia (tee tree plant). We never knew how blessed we were and how closed we are to our problem not until the medicine man came through.
I know you will be asking questions like what’s even in the tree that other tree don’t have.
What’s In Tea Tree Oil?
If you’re a beauty freak like my girlfriend, then you must have read or learnt about the benefits of tea tree oil and how it has helped many persons.
Well, that’s by the way side. Knowing its usefulness without getting to know what it is made up of is like trying to move a car with no engine.
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Now let me ask
What’s tea tree oil made of?
You said? Please wait let me wipe my face before I’ll answer that for you.
The melaleuca tree oil is made up of five important elements or chemical of which Terpinen4-ol happens to be the most essential for skin.
That is to say in every drop of tea tree oil, they’re five active chemical in it. They are Cineole, Pinene, Terpinen4-ol, Cymene and Terpinene.
How Is Tea Tree Oil Extracted?
To get the oil from the ancient Melaleuca tree, the leaves has to pass through steam distillation.
A process that can be said to be time consuming and requires huge capital.
Having said this, lets now look at some few more stuffs about this wonder oil.
How Do Melaleuca Oil (Tea tree) Came About.
In 1732, Captain James Cook, A traveller, who is always on the road was the first person to name the Melaleuca tree – tea tree
As he was touring around the world, he got to Australia, he was tasty and needed something to drink.
He looked around and took some leaves from the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree to prepare some spicy tea – hence the name tea tree.
Shortly after, the tree became a god everyone looks up to because it is taught to contain antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti inflammatory properties.
Captain Cook is a explorer from British and also captain in the royal Navy. He was born 7 November, 1728 in Cleveland, UK.
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Married to Elizabeth Batt with 6 kids, died 14 February, 1779.
With that being said, lets look at some of the benefits..
Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil
This article wont be complete if we decide to dive on how to apply tea tree oil to nails without looking out for its benefits.
Below are just a few of what it does and how you can maximize its usefulness.
1. To treat yeast infection.
Over the years, research has shown that the oil from tea tree is very effective in destroying yeast cells.
What you’ll need
1. Tea tree oil (5 drops)
2. Water (distilled)
3. Lavender oil (4-5 drops)
Here’s how to
1. Mix the first two oil (tea tree and lavender oil ) together then top it up with some few drops of distilled water.
2. With the help of cotton wool, coat the wool with the mixture and then apply to the affected spot.
2. To treat chicken pox
If you’re a true Nigerian, then you must have had chicken pox while you where small.
If it didn’t came at your early stage, then be rest assure that its waiting for you somewhere.
Chicken pox, being a viral disease can be very painful and troublesome.
To think of it that it causes itchy and leaves the bearer with blister-like rash is heart wrecking.
Here’s how to remedy it
1. Add some few drops of tea tree oil to one (1) tablespoon full of olive oil.2. Using cotton swab, apply the mixture 2-3 times in a day.
3. Use to treat athlete’s foot
Research has shown that they are 1.5 million people suffering from athlete foot per year in Nigeria. ( that’s huge if you ask me)
Athlete foot is a fungal infection that is spread easily and begins predominantly between toes.
Here’s how to treat it
1. Add some few drops of Melaleuca Oil to 1 tablespoon full of witch hazel
2. Apply the mixture using cotton wool on the affected area 3 times a day. ( morning, afternoon, evening)
Pro Tips : If you’re suffering from any skin inflammation after applying the oil, please discontinue to prevent further damage.
4. To treat toenail fungus
Research has shown that concentrated pure tea tree oil is an effective treatment for toe nail fungus.
If applied for at least 3 months, it can permanently cure the worst toe nail fungus you can ever think of.
Here’s how to
Apply 1-2 drops of pure tea tree oil to the affected toe twice a day (preferable in the morning and evening )
Pro Tips : Be careful while applying it so that it doesn’t touches your skin. Concentrated form of the oil can cause skin irritation.
5. As a quick remedy to soothe sore
Aside it’s anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil also contain antiseptic properties capable of healing sores.
Here’s how to
Drop 1 drop of the essential oil on the sore either with a dropper or with soaked cotton wool once a day for like 2-3 days.
Pro Tips : Please avoid dropping this oil in sensitive areas like your mouth or eyes.
6. It can also be used to successfully treat hemorrhoids.
Now that you know some of the benefits of the wonder tree, lets proceed with some actionable ways on how we can apply tea tree oil to our nails.
How To Apply Tea Tree Oil To Nails : The Complete Guide
The first step to applying the oil is to ensure that the affected area (nails ) are well prepared followed by administering the oil.
Preparing the affected area.
You can do this by
1. Taking off all dead nails around using a nail clipper.
While at it, be careful so that you don’t add to the problem already on ground.
More also, trimming should be done in a well lighted environment so that you can see through the whole cleaning process.
2. After successfully getting them trimmed, you can further the healing process by using a filer that has coarse texture to file away the affected nail.
By doing this, you’re allowing the oil to have a greater effect on the nails.
Remember the fungus is somewhat in between your nails and the nail bed.
3. Now that you’ve filed them out, its now time to take those dirt’s away.
You can do this by washing your nails with mild soap alongside with water after which the oil can be administered.
Pro Tips : Do this each time you want to apply the oil on your nails if you must see results within few months. ( twice a week preferably )
Now that you’re done with the cleaning and dressing process, its now time to administer the oil
How To Apply Tea Tree Oil To Nails : Step By Step Guide
The first step to applying tea tree oil to nails is to ensure that you know exactly what you’re about to use.
Getting the right knowledge on how to use the oil will not only save you from complicating issues, but will hasten the healing process.
So what’s the best way to do this?
Know this, tea tree oil has been proven to contain a lot of properties – anti-fungal, anti inflammatory, antiviral and what have you.
It is as a result of the numerous benefits loaded in it that over the time, has become the most sought-after remedy to fight nail fungal infection. (onychomycosis)
Onychomycosis is the term for fungal infection of the nails particularly that of the toenails.
Pro Tips : Before administering tea tree oil to nails, be sure that they have been diluted according.
Now that you have the right knowledge on how the oil works, lets look at the steps or methods involved.
Method One : The Direct Approach
Drop a reasonably amount of the oil directly into the affected nails either with a dropper or with a cotton wool.
Be sure the oil are properly squeezed out if you’re using wool by applying force until all the oil are on the affected nails.
Method Two : The Scrubbing Approach
This method involves scrubbing the surface of the affected nail with tooth brush.
The reason for this is to ensure that all the oil are evenly distributed all over the affected nails..
Method Three : The Soak Approach
This method involves dropping 5 drops of the oil along side with water to form a solution.
Pro Tips : When adopting any of the above methods, be sure the oil dries out naturally.
More also, it is always advisable to repeat any of the aforementioned steps twice a day (preferably morning and evening)
The Aftermath Of Applying Tea Tree Oil On Nails
Even after successfully following all that we’ve said in this article, in some cases, you might still experience them again.
Not because we failed to tell you all that you need to know, it might just be from your own carelessness.
In fact, personal hygiene is a key ingredient to preventing this nail fungus from reappearing.
What you wear (it could shoe or socks), how you wear them (are they breathable or too tight?)
Or the places you keep them (do you keep them in moist environment ) might contribute because this fungal dwells in moist places.
So what then can you do to prevent them from reoccurring after treating them?
How To Prevent Toenail Fungus From Reoccurring
Here are some quick and actionable ways to prevent fungus infection.
1. Personal hygiene : A lot of persons are in serious trouble today because of their own carelessness towards their health.
To remedy this, practice good hygiene, only wear clean socks and it should be of good quality.
2. Keep nails short and clean
3. Wear fitted shoe, as shoe that are too tight creates an enabling environment for the fungal to multiply.
4. Keep hands and toe clean and free from moisture
If you’ve read up to this this point, you must have noticed that all the steps on how to apply tea tree oil to nails are quite easy to follow.
Sometimes even after following all the steps outlined above, the nail fungus might still spring up again.
And when this happens, it is recommended to look back at what you’ve been doing wrong.
Have you be keeping good hygiene? do you wear dirty socks? are your shoes tight?
Those are some of the few questions you should be asking yourself.
If you’re free from the above, then its likely that you missed one or two of the steps. Why not go over again and get them right?
Now over to you, have you tried using tea tree oil on your nails? What was the outcome? Or which essential oil have you used to treat toenail fungus?