How to Apply Tea Tree Oil

By Kat Consador

Tea tree oil has been used in Australia by the indigenous Bundjalung population as a potent antiseptic for centuries. Modern research has since shown evidence of antimicrobial activity. Tea tree oil is a natural multi-purpose essential oil with both beneficial medical and cosmetic properties. Always remember to dilute your tree oil, since pure tea tree oil may cause an irritation or reaction.

Apply Tea Tree Oil

Step 1

Apply tea tree oil as an antiseptic. Apply a few droplets of diluted tea tree oil to the minor wound in order to fight skin infection.

Step 2

Gargle tea tree oil to improve your mouth. It is beneficial for a variety of throat and mouth conditions and dental problems. Gargling a few droplets of tea tree oil with warm water can help you recover from sore throats and it can also fight bad breath.

Step 3

Use tea tree oil to your skin to treat acne. Mix 1-2 droplets of tea tree oil to your facial moisturizer. A 1990 study in the Medical Journal of Australia stated that a solution with 5% tea tree oil treated acne just as well as 5% benzoyl peroxide (MedicineNet).

Step 4

Fight dandruff an an itchy scalp. Mix a few droplets of tea tree oil with your shampoo on a regular basis.

Step 5

Treat athlete's foot. Tea tree oil is also known for its anti-fungal properties. Mix 4 ounces of aloe vera gel with 1/2 tea spoon of tea tree oil in a spray bottle. Spray effected area twice a day. Wait for your feet to dry before putting socks and shoes on.