Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil You've Never Thought Of

There are so many benefits to using natural ingredients rather than artificial alternatives. One example is tea tree oil. This oil has been used for nearly a century — as a medicine, a cleaning supply, for hair growth, and more, according to Healthline. Since it has a multitude of purposes, buying tea tree oil, or even making your own, can prove beneficial.

You can use tea tree oil as a sanitizer (via Healthline). Or, you can use the oil to clean your sinks and to disinfect your brushes, per Good Housekeeping. Since tea tree oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, research — such as a 2006 study published in the Clinical Microbiology Reviews Journal — suggests that the oil can be effective against killing germs, though more research is needed (via Medical Health News).

Another surprising way you can use tea tree oil is as a natural deodorant. As more people turn to veganism, switching from a commercial deodorant to a vegan alternative is a must. Luckily, using tea tree oil (mixed with a few other ingredients like lavender) as a natural deodorant or antiperspirant can help fight off unwanted body odor and bacteria found underneath your armpits, per Healthline.

Tea tree oil can help your skin, hair, and nails

Not only does tea tree oil have bacteria-fighting properties, but it also helps grow hair, skin, and nails. Per Byrdie, this oil supports healthy hair and a clean scalp. "It helps eliminate the accumulation of dead skin layers and scale," Gary Goldenberg, a board-certified dermatologist, told the outlet. "It also has strong antimicrobial properties making it an effective agent for fungal infections of the scalp."

Additionally, according to Young Living, tea tree oil can help reduce the appearance of skin blemishes. Byrdie also added that this oil reduces acne breakouts and can treat scrapes and cuts because of its antiseptic qualities. "Tea tree oil is great for cuts and scrapes for two reasons. Firstly, it has antimicrobial properties that help prevent infections of open wounds," Kristina Goldenberg, a board-certified dermatologist, explained to the outlet. "Secondly, tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help the wound heal faster. It helps reduce redness and swelling."

Other ways to use tea tree oil that you may never have thought of before include using it as a natural boost to your laundry detergent (via Alive) or, when used properly, as an ointment for your favorite furry friend, per All Is Well.