Will the tea tree oil suppositories effect my Interstitial Cystitis (IC)?
Q: Before I purchase the Double T Suppositories for a yeast infection, will the tea tree oil suppositories effect my Interstitial Cystitis (IC)?
A: Honestly, I do not know if they will affect it. Tea tree oil is pretty strong and can burn a bit at first, but then it feels cooling and tingly. It has including antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities (more here from Wikipedia on it). I checked PubMed (a major research database, and there are no studies on it). I did a quick search on the net, and found that some members of an IC forum have tried using tea tree oil in a bath, and found it to be helpful.
This was another helpful tip I found from an IC sufferer:
Also, mix in the palm of your hand a little bit of coconut oil with several drops of tea tree oil and massage the vulva, it has a penetrating effect that might “burn” a bit at the beginning but later it has a very nice cooling effect.
Some people can have skin sensitivities to tea tree oil, if you have never used tea tree oil for anything, it may be helpful to try a diluted bit (1 drop diluted with wet cotton ball) of it on your skin first, apply it to the wrist is a good place to check before applying it elsewhere.
Tea tree oil can be found just about everywhere now. We also carry a good liquid one on our site:
- Tea Tree Oil by Herb Pharm – this one is low in cineole, and is gentle to the skin and mucous membranes, so this may be a good one to try, and use in a bath. Perhaps you may want to try this first before moving forward with the Double T Suppositories? I think it would be a good approach, since we don’t know how these suppositories may affect your IC.
Here is the link to these suppositories: Double T Suppositories by Wise Woman Herbals
In summary, I recommend getting some of the liquid Tea Tree Oil and if your skin does not react to it, then try putting some in your bath, if that goes well, then try that tip with mixing it with coconut oil and rubbing it on your vulva. If all goes well there, then try the Double T’s.
Also, I don’t know if I’ve pointed this out to you in the past, but these suppositories would be helpful for you to use after the yeast infection is gone, as they are found to be helpful for IC:
- Calendula Suppositories by Wise Woman Herbals – these contain calendula, marshmallow, allantoin, vitamin A & vitamin E, they are healing & soothing to the vaginal tract.
These would be good for you to use on a maintenance basis, a couple of times a week.