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What Are Tea Tree Suppositories?

Helen Akers
Updated: Mar 03, 2024

Tea tree suppositories are a natural alternative to traditional antibiotics that treat bacterial infections. Some of the symptoms that tea tree oil can help alleviate are rectal and vaginal itching. Suppositories can be made in a variety of forms, including capsules, douches, and mixed solutions. In this case, the main ingredient in the suppository that helps fight bacterial infections is tea tree oil.

Bacterial infections that are caused by imbalances and an overgrowth of yeast are typically treated with antibiotics. Some individuals prefer to use natural or holistic treatments as an alternative to conventional medicine. Tea tree suppositories incorporate the natural antibacterial properties of tea tree oil to reduce harmful or unwanted bacteria.

One of the most common forms of tea tree suppositories is the gel capsule. Most of them contain both tea tree and vitamin E oil and are used to relieve itching from vaginal and rectal bacterial infections. Individuals typically have to use this natural treatment for up to six weeks in order to achieve optimal results. Besides relieving symptoms, suppositories can help the body restore its proper balance between "good" and harmful bacteria.

In addition to capsule forms that are commercially available, some people choose to make their own tea tree suppositories by mixing tea tree oil with water to use as a cleansing douche. Others mix tea tree oil and vitamin E oil to form a spot treatment that can be applied directly on the affected areas. As with other treatments, using natural suppositories does not guarantee 100 percent relief from a bacterial infection or its symptoms. It is best for those considering using tea tree suppositories to check with a medical professional, especially if the symptoms do not clear up or the infection keeps recurring.

In some cases, a stronger remedy may be needed if the infection is persistent or resistant to a natural antiseptic. Tea tree oil is considered to be effective in fighting some forms of bacteria and disorders that result from bacteria overgrowth, such as acne and yeast. It comes from the leaf of the melaleuca alternifoila plant.

Gel capsule tea tree suppositories should probably not be used beyond 28 days without consulting a medical doctor. It is recommended that suppositories in douche form only be used for eight consecutive days. Symptoms that worsen should be treated with conventional prescription medicine or examined, since they may indicate that a more serious condition has developed. Tea tree oil is most effective at treating bacterial vaginosis, which is a vaginal bacterial infection that could possibly lead to pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Helen Akers, a talented writer with a passion for making a difference, brings a unique perspective to her work. With a background in creative writing, she crafts compelling stories and content to inspire and challenge readers, showcasing her commitment to qualitative impact and service to others.
Discussion Comments
By donasmrs — On May 12, 2013

@literally45-- I agree that tea tree suppositories are great for yeast infections. I personally have treated mine with it, along with probiotic yogurt. The suppositories do burn for like the first ten seconds but the feeling goes away after that. It hasn't been a big deal for me but I understand that others might be more sensitive about it.

My sister in law also uses tea tree suppositories sometimes, not for yeast infections but for interstitial cystitis. She says it relieves her symptoms somewhat.

By turquoise — On May 11, 2013

@literally45-- Actually, they don't cause burning or itching at all. They're very easy to use and are effective too. I've used them several times for yeast infections, once even during my pregnancy. It cleared up my infection in a week, or in two weeks at most.

Tea tree oil is a natural anti-fungal, antibiotic and I'd rather try natural remedies with less side effects before taking medications for infections. Unless you have some kind of sensitivity or allergy to tea tree oil (which you should always test for first), tea tree suppositories won't have negative side effects.

By literally45 — On May 11, 2013

I once used tea tree oil on my skin and it made my skin itchy and red. I can't even imagine using a tea tree suppository because the skin in those areas are so much more sensitive. It must burn and itch a lot!

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