I’ve always heard good things about it in the past, but I never really knew what all the various uses for tea tree oil were. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from a tree native to Australia. You’ve probably seen many beauty products containing tea tree oil. It has a ton of benefits for your skin and hair and it has a refreshing fragrance. I’ve recently discovered that although tea tree oil is a fab beauty find, there are so many other uses that many aren’t aware of. I’d hate for you to miss out on all these uses for tea tree oil so keep reading for all the details!
Top uses for tea tree oil have to include acne. Tea tree oil is said to be a natural alternative to benzoyl peroxide, so if you’re ever caught without acne treatment, you can apply tea tree oil to the area to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation. Make sure you test it out on your inner wrist before you apply it anywhere else to make sure you don’t get any irritation.
A little known benefit of tea tree oil is that you can use it to treat brittle, weak fingernails. Tea tree oil can help prevent and strengthen brittle nails, so after consistent use your nails will be long and strong. It’s also said to help prevent nail damage and breakage. You can try diluting some tea tree oil with some water and soaking your nails for 5 minutes.
Another one of the uses for tea tree oil on the nails is to use it on toenail fungus. If you go to a nail salon that doesn’t properly sanitize their tools, it is possible to get fungus on your nails. If that ever happens, and let’s hope it never does, apply a thin coat of tea tree oil to your nail a few times a day. You might have to experiment with how often you apply it- some people like to apply it up to 4 times a day and others like doing a foot soak.
If you went extra hard at the gym and have the sore muscles to prove it, treat yourself to a relaxing bath or massage with tea tree oil. To use it in the bath, add 10-15 drops with a ½ cup of Epsom salts to your bath water. To use it as a massage oil, add 10 drops of the oil to 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as olive or sweet almond oil and grab your significant other!
5. Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are about as fun as shaving your legs. If you find yourself with some ingrown hairs, apply a couple of drops directly to the affected area and repeat until you see improvement. Don’t forget to test it on your skin first. If it’s a little strong, you can always dilute it with water and use it.
6. Toothbrush Cleaner
We use our toothbrush to clean our teeth, but what do we use to clean our toothbrush? If you answered tea tree oil, you are correct. Add a drop of the oil to your toothbrush about once a week to get rid of bacteria and germs. Tea tree oil is toxic if swallowed so be sure to rinse it well before you use it, just in case.
7. Scalp Treatment
While you’re at it, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo to give your scalp a clarifying treatment. Tea tree oil will help get rid of oil and product build-up on your scalp. Tea tree oil is also fantastic for treating dandruff. You can buy a tea tree oil shampoo, or add your own to your favorite shampoo. Just add 10 drops for every 8 ounces of shampoo.
Another benefit of tea tree oil for hair is that you can use it as a treatment for lice. Anyone can get head lice and contrary to what many people believe, it has nothing to with hygiene. Tea tree oil makes a great natural treatment for head lice. Add about 20 drops of tea tree oil to 2 tablespoons of shampoo and apply as usual. Leave the treatment on for 10 minutes and rinse and repeat. You can also dilute it with water and apply it on the scalp and massage it in. Again, be sure to test it out before you apply it!
Tea tree oil also makes an amazing all-purpose cleaner. Grab an empty spray bottle and fill it up with two cups of water and one tablespoon of tea tree oil. You can use this cleaner to clean your kitchen counter, tiles, windows and even your yoga mat. To make a yoga mat cleaner, grab another empty spray bottle and fill it up with 3 parts water, 1 part white vinegar and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Shake it, spray it on your mat, let it sit for a minute and wipe it off.
10. Nasal Congestion
Cold and flu season is coming up, but luckily you can treat nasal congestion with a few drops of tea tree oil. If you own a humidifier, add a few drops of tea tree oil to help clear up your sinuses. If you don’t own one, you can add a few drops to a cloth and inhale it or add some drops to some hot water and make a steam treatment.
11. Mold Killer
Has your shower seen better days? If you have a mold issue in your shower, the solution is as close as your medicine cabinet. Combine two teaspoons of tea tree oil to two cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake it to mix, apply on the moldy areas and wipe off.
With tea tree oil you can recreate so many products you use on a regular basis for so much less. It’s also natural so it’s safe for the environment, which is always a plus. When you look for tea tree oil, make sure it’s 100% pure tea tree oil and not mixed with any other ingredients. Have you ever used tea tree oil before? What do you like to use it for?