You May Also Like

Do you get drunker on your period

Is it just us, or do you get drunk faster on your period?

Why you feel like you have to pee during sex

Women worry a lot about peeing during sex—but how often does that even happen?

This is the least common Myers-Briggs personality type

This is the least common Myers-Briggs personality type

Harvest Moon

Tonight’s harvest moon has major breakthrough potential—here’s how to reap its wisdom

how to tell if you're dehydrated

Figure out whether you’re dehydrated in seconds by stepping on a super-smart scale

Should you be taking a sulfur supplement?

Everyone is LA is buzzing about sulfur supplements––here’s everything you need to know

5 seriously brilliant ways to use tea tree oil


Thumbnail for 5 seriously brilliant ways to use tea tree oil
Pin It
Photo: Pixabay
1/6
It’s no secret that coconut oil’s powers extend far beyond the kitchen, but it’s not the only multitasking oil on the block.

Need proof? Pick up a bottle of tea tree oil. The essential oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, meaning it can vanquish a pimple just as quickly as it can rid your gym clothes of their, um, signature scent.

“Tea tree oil has been found to have 100 different chemical compounds with antiseptic properties,” says Christine Allmer of natural beauty brand Desert Essence, which incorporates the ingredient into many of its products. “It has long been used by native people of Australia for its therapeutic benefits, something even modern science can attest to,” Allmer adds.

While you can’t add it to your smoothies (the oil, sourced from trees and plants Down Under, is considered toxic when ingested), there are still plenty of ways that you can get a healthy boost from it.

Ready to unlock the full potential of tea tree oil? Keep reading for five ridiculously smart ways to use it.
Get Started

2/6
tea tree oil for scalp and hair treatment
Photo: Stocksnap/Kasia Serbin

1. As an all-natural scalp and hair treatment

If you’re all about washing your hair every single day or you’re a product junkie, you’ve probably got a bit of build-up on your scalp. And remember: healthy follicles = thick, shiny locks.

So the next time you lather up, Allmer suggests adding a few drops of tea tree oil into your regular shampoo. It’ll help break down any product that’s been left behind and is especially useful if your scalp is dry and itchy, or if you’ve got full-fledged dandruff. It’s calming, Allmer says, and can cut through any fungus that may be causing your flakes.

3/6
tea tree oil as a natural laundry freshener and to remove odors
Photo: Stocksnap/Jay Mantri

2. As a natural laundry detergent for your much-loved activewear

It’s so obvious it seems silly to point out, but your sports bras, leggings, and sports socks get more of a, well, workout than the rest of your wardrobe. Thankfully, tea tree oil has an “incredible ability to freshen” super-sweaty clothes, Allmer says. It can help remove odors and launder at a microbial level. She recommends adding two teaspoons of tea tree oil to your wash load to give an extra-deep clean and keep your treasured athleisure pristine.

4/6
Photo: Pexels
Photo: Pexels

3. As a toothbrush freshener

Regular brushing is key for a healthy smile, but it also means your toothbrush—which fights the good fight on behalf of your teeth and gums every day—could use a regular cleaning of its own. Again, that’s where tea tree oil comes in. “Mix a few drops into a cup of water and place the brush into the solution for a several minutes,” Allmer advises. Rinse thoroughly, and you’re good to go.

5/6
tea tree oil as a natural nail treatment
Photo: Unsplash/Kris Atomic

4. As a chemical-free nail treatment

Even if you know how to get a truly non-toxic mani and pedi, simply wearing polish 24/7 can take its toll. Allmer says that adding a few drops of tea tree oil to an all-natural hand cream can help lead to happy cuticles and stronger nails, which is why she advises slathering it on regularly. Plus, studies have shown that tea tree oil may be effective in treating nail infections, too. 

6/6
tea tree oil to soothe and relieve sunburn
Photo: StockSnap/Jens Kreuter

5. As the ultimate sunburn soother

While aloe vera may be the first natural remedy you think of to treat sensitive sunburned skin, tea tree oil is an excellent option, too. When mixed with a moisturizer, it can help reduce discomfort and itchiness, Allmer explains—and you can use it in conjunction with aloe for a one-two punch.

Just remember: Unless you’re spot-treating pimples, always be sure to dilute tea tree oil with your favorite moisturizer or a carrier oil, like jojoba or almond, to avoid irritation. It’s powerful, which is what makes it such a wellness workhorse.

We’re definitely on Team Oil. Looking to stay more grounded and calm at work? Reach for an essential oil. Ready to ditch your face wash? Facial oils do wonders for your skin.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

Why you feel like you have to pee during sex

Women worry a lot about peeing during sex—but how often does that even happen?

Weight Watchers news: The brand changed to WW

From Weight Watchers to WW: How the global weight-loss company is evolving into a full wellness brand

This is the least common Myers-Briggs personality type

This is the least common Myers-Briggs personality type

how to tell if you're dehydrated

Figure out whether you’re dehydrated in seconds by stepping on a super-smart scale

How to improve confidence

Boost your confidence in 4 steps—even when you think your reflection looks like the Corpse Bride

how to be a better listener

Imma let you finish because there’s a solid (psychology-backed) reason to stop interrupting people