Scores of health magazines and books have declared tea tree oil as a miraculous healer, benefitting conditions ranging from acne to warts. Its medicinal purposes were purportedly discovered by the Australian Aborigines who noticed that the indigenous Melaleuca tree leaves harbored a potent agent — one that could treat a variety of maladies. Anecdotal reports about the efficacy of tea tree oil spread throughout the world and from generation to generation. To date, it maintains a high degree of popularity due to a rabid following of holistic practitioners and those who seek ‘natural’ intervention. But can tea tree oil serve as an effective treatment for angular cheilitis?

Tea Tree Oil Controversy Among the Angular Cheilitis Community

On the pro-tea tree side, are folks who submit that tea tree oil is antiseptic and can be used on wounds to prevent infection. This camp also highlights tea tree oil’s antibacterial and antifungal properties – a synergistic blend of anti-microbe components that should wipe out perleche over time.

Tea tree oil’s detractors believe that the oil, especially undiluted, is too harsh for delicate skin and will only exacerbate perleche. Some assert that 100% tea tree oil can even burn the skin – an outcome that will make any angular cheilitis sufferer even more self-conscious and in pain. Moreover, there are reports of toxicity if ingested so any tea tree oil near the mouth may pose risks.

Experimenting with Tea Tree Oil

Here at, we believe that diluted tea tree oil can serve as an adjunct treatment, a remedy to try but with caution and watchfulness. It may not be our first weapon of choice but perhaps can still serve us well in our battle against perleche.

It’s difficult to pinpoint how dilute the oil should be. We’ve mixed one teaspoon of tea tree oil, one teaspoon of water, and two teaspoons of carrier oil, such as jojoba or apricot kernel oil. In the past, this mixture has helped the condition subside.

Diluted tea tree oil can also be paired with emu oil, particularly because of the emu oil’s moisturizing properties. The emu oil can carry the diluted tea tree oil deep into the dermis to promote healing.

Others prefer to mix diluted tea tree oil with health-promoting substances, such as aloe vera gel or even raw honey due to their own antibacterial and antifungal activity.

Please note that individual response with any diluted tea tree oil combination will vary. However, it is anticipated that the positives apects of tea tree oil will outweigh the negatives. Therefore, it is our contention that tea tree oil is a viable option for angular cheilitis.

As a reminder, always consult your physician or other medical practitioner before employing any homemade or natural treatment plan. Assuming you will try the tea tree oil, remember to dilute and mix it, keeping your tongue in your mouth at all times. Your tongue need not explore the corners of your mouth as you don’t want to ingest any part of the mixture, and desire to let the mixture exact its healing properties.

We will keep our fingers crossed that tea tree oil for angular cheilitis works for you.

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