The essentials of tea-tree oil usage

The essentials of tea-tree oil usage

by Vanessa Ng 09 Jan 2020

Tea-tree oils have been wildly popular in beauty products ranging from moisturisers to facial masks. However, did you know that they can also lessen stress levels and give you a boost during workouts? The multi-faceted uses of tea-tree oil can be attributed to its anti-fungal and anti-microbial qualities, but it is important for one to learn how to use it properly instead of just splashing it on yourself.


You may have seen multiple acne treatments that use tea-tree oils and be tempted to buy a bottle of pure tea-tree to treat your pimples. It’s cheaper after all, right? However, you need to note that this is not suitable for sensitive or dry skin as pure tea-tree oil is potent and can strip your skin’s moisture if you apply it directly without a carrier oil, such as jojoba, rosehip or coconut oil.


Beyond skincare, the scent of tea-tree oils can even calm your nerves after a tiring day at work. Furthermore, tea-tree oils can even act as a cleaning agent! It prevents dampness or wetness, which will help prevent fungal growth. Add a couple of drops to your laundry detergent when washing a load of smelly workout clothes. You can even spray diluted tea-tree oil on your sweaty yoga mat too to help keep it clean. When your clothes carry the faint fragrance of the product, you can count on your day feeling just a little bit better!


With all these benefits in mind, you may be wondering about storage. If you are a fan of beautiful glass jars, you will be thrilled to know that tea-tree oils and essential oils in general, should be stored in glass as opposed to plastic. This is especially applicable when you are storing it in its original form, prior to distillation. Here is a fun fact: Did you know that that using tinted glass for storage purposes extends the shelf life of the essential oil? This operates on the same principle as extra-virgin olive oil and how tinted glass can mitigate oxidisation. Now you know why manufacturers prefer to package authentic essential oils in a pretty glass pot more than anything else.


Lastly, as with many other things in life, remember that quality trumps quantity. Do your own research and always read the fine print; go with tea-tree oils that have been distilled instead of being extracted by solvents. The process doesn’t come without cost, so if you spot a cheap bottle that has the word “fragrance” emblazoned across the label, you’ll be better off moving along.