Australian Aborigines have used the leaves of the native tea tree to treat cuts and skin infections for generations. Tea tree essential oil, produced from the tree's leaves and bark by distillation, is the modern-day version of this cure. It's used as a healing ingredient in many creams, lotions, and ointments, and it's an effective treatment for many skin conditions like cold sores, blisters from shingles and chicken pox, warts, acne, and rashes.

Apply tea tree oil diluted with water to the rash twice a day. Undiluted tea tree oil can irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction. If you need to cover a large area, make a solution with a few drops tea tree oil plus water or cooled chamomile tea, and spray it on your skin.

Add five drops tea tree oil to your bath, up to twice a day for a week.

Add a drop of tea tree oil to lotion or cream and smooth it on.

Tip

Tea tree oil has a medicinal smell. Combine it with other essential oils such as rosemary or lavender for a more pleasant fragrance.

Warning

Rashes can be caused by a local irritant, bacteria, fungus, insect bites, medications, and some illnesses. Most rashes are minor, but some are very serious. Before self-treating, see your doctor to find out the cause of the rash.