3 Unusual Ways To Tap Into Tea Tree

For decades, people have been turning to tea tree essential oil to boost health, address skin conditions and even cure bad breath. Read on to find out how to make this brilliant botanical work for you in ways you may not expect!

If you’ve ever had athlete’s foot then you’ll know how annoying it can be. Often contracted from contaminated surfaces in moist, warm environments like gym showers or in and around swimming pools it results in fungal growth on your feet and toes. This can manifest itself in a number of ways, but most commonly redness, scaling or itchiness.

But never fear because, traditionally, the leaves of the tea tree plant have been used to treat cuts, burns and infections – which makes it the ideal solution for treating athlete’s foot too! Try adding a few drops to a cotton ball and rub over the affected areas twice daily.

One of the most dreaded and sudden breakouts that can happen to anyone is the onset of cold sores. They can make us feel self-conscious and really knock our confidence, but the good news is tea tree essential oil has been known to help limit the discomfort caused by cold sores and also reduce their duration.

As soon as you notice the first tingling sensation of one starting to appear, grab your tea tree oil and get to work. Remember to reapply to the outbreak several times a day, but always avoid getting the tea tree oil in your mouth as it is toxic when ingested! Another top tip is to keep your lips moisturised during the length of treatment because tea tree oil can cause healthy skin to dry out.

On the flip side, tea tree oil’s ability to dry out skin can actually be of benefit when it comes to the removal of skin tags. What are skin tags, you ask? They’re the tiny, fleshy growths of skin most often found under armpits, breasts, lower neck and eyelids and – although perfectly harmless – they can be quite frustrating. However, by applying tea tree essential oil a few times a day using a cotton ball, skin tags have been known to dry out gradually and simply drop off. Test it out for yourself next time!

So there you have it – three of the more remarkable ways you can treat skin conditions using tea tree oil. But why stop there? The list of benefits goes on and on! Check out our fantastic Love Nature Tea Tree range and discover more about the skin-beautifying properties of this ancient plant.

Words by: Photographs by: Oriflame