This homemade tea tree oil antifungal treatment stick helps to soothe red spots and rashes in a gentle but direct way. While it’s always best to look for the underlying cause of skin redness or irritation, this healing balm in a stick allows for quick relief of small spots to stop pain and itching while healing from within.
I consider myself a fan of fungi, except when it’s growing on my body. I’m not talking about sprouting mushrooms out of my ears, although that would actually be pretty funny! I’m talking about when fungus takes up residence somewhere on your skin. It can show up as red patches, acne, itchy skin, and more. We all have microganisms that colonize on our skin.
It’s called the microbiome and it’s a good thing! Similar to the soil microbes that make healthy soil, or the gut flora that makes up a healthy digestive tract, microbes on our skin help protect our bodies and keep us healthy. But like all things, occasionally there can be an undesirable fungus or bacteria that takes up residence. In general, skin is self-healing and the best practice is to use natural products on your skin and eat a healthy diet with complete whole foods.
If your skin is flaring up then it could be a message that something else is going on. I encourage you to go get it looked at by a health care professional to investigate the cause rather than treat the symptoms. That being said, if you’re doing all the right things you can still occasionally have some spots pop up.
Herbal Antifungal Treatment Stick Ingredients
The main ingredients in the antifungal treatment stick are tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, and calendula herbal infused oil.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is native to Australia and comes from melaleuca shrubs and trees, or paperbarks. The leaves and twigs are steam distilled to extract the essential oil. Tea tree essential oil is widely used in skin care products, and I dare to say, overused. While it has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, it can also cause skin irritation from overuse. I also don’t want to remove all the beneficial bacteria, fungi, organisms that live on our bodies. So creating a treatment stick with a bit of tea tree oil, is a way to use it in an intentional, directed way, avoiding overuse and the potential complications that come from it.
Lavender Essential Oil
I’ve written much about lavender and skin care because it also has similar properties to tea tree oil while being gentle and calming for the skin. Its potency depends which plant variety is made into essential oil, with Lavandula angustifolia being the gentlest. Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil helps to balance out the tea tree, and soothes the skin.
Herbal Infused Oil
The herbal oil that I used for this recipe is also infused with calendula. I’ve also written extensively about calendula and how to make infused oils. I grow calendula in my garden, harvest the flower heads liberally, dry them, and then turn them into a wonderfully potent herbal oil that I use in many skin care recipes throughout the year.
The blend of tea tree, lavender, and calendula infused oil, makes it wonderful way to help bring some relief and healing to the spots on your skin that need a little extra attention.
Tea Tree Oil Antifungal Treatment Stick Recipe
My son had a mysterious itchy spot on his chest, at first I thought it was a bruise when it didn’t go away and it continue to itch I knew that it was something else. Certainly not something the cause too much discomfort but he did scratch it several times a day, so I wanted to try to ease the spot with a bomb that was gentle, easy to apply, and long-lasting. I came up with this recipe as a gentler way to apply tea tree oil then using a roller bottle. Making it into a solid balm allows it to stay in place longer and requires less application. Putting a balm into tube is the perfect way to apply and antifungal treatment to the spot and something that he could do it on his own.
When I first made this recipe, I tried it on a few of my spots first. One spot in particular had been on my body for more than a year. It didn’t bother me so I didn’t think much of it, but when I tested the balm on it, it went away in four days! It was clearly a perfect match. I made a bunch more and handed it out to others for testing. After a few tweaks to the formulation, this is now the balm that I use to treat mysterious little red spots, naturally.
Makes 3 x 10 ml sticks (lip balm tubes)
- 63 g calendula infused grapeseed oil
- 8 g organic beeswax
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
Melt the wax, over medium-low heat in a Turkish coffee pot, double boiler, or a small pot with a pour spout.
Add the oil when the wax is liquefied and melt all of the ingredients together. Stir constantly and keep a watchful eye on the oils. You want them to just reach the melting point and not overheat. When the oils have melted and combined, add the essential oils and stir well.
You can store this recipe in small pots or tubes. If you are using pots, pour the hot liquid into the pots and leave untouched until set.
If you are using tubes, fill each tube halfway full and let cool slightly. This will set the bottom of the tube so that a hole doesn’t form in the top of the lip balm when cooled. Before the balm is fully set, fill the rest of the way.
Leave untouched to set for an hour, then apply as needed.
NOTE: always do a spot test before using widely on your skin. Test a small area on the inside of your arm and wait 24 hours to see if you have a reaction.
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