Find out how this healing essential oil can help your skin and hair conditions.
Often found in soap, face wash, toothpaste, and shampoo, tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from the leaves of Australia’s tea tree plant. The oil has long been used as a natural antiseptic and is known for its antimicrobial, healing, and aromatherapy properties. When buying tea tree oil, look for 100 percent tea tree oil varieties that contain the lowest amount of eucalyptol or 1,8-cineole (the chemical that gives off a camphor-like scent), which can cause contact dermatitis or inflamed, itchy, and red skin. Never, ever ingest tea tree oil — it’s poisonous when consumed, and should be kept out of children’s reach. Do a patch test before using products with tea tree oil to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction.
Decrease Dental Plaque
A mouthwash formulated with tea tree oil may help reduce plaque buildup on teeth and in the mouth. Certain dental conditions may require specific types of mouthwash, so check with your dentist before using tea tree oil as your go-to mouthwash. Additionally, tea tree oil can be poisonous when swallowed and isn’t recommended for children.