The benefits of a tea tree oil bath include easing skin irritations and rashes and treating painful, swollen joints. It may also be good for reducing inflammation and itching associated with certain skin conditions such as psoriasis. Many women also use these baths as effective vaginal yeast treatments. Adding a few drops of the oil to a bath may also be an effective treatment for bacterial skin infections.
Some experts claim that taking a tea tree oil bath several times a week may relieve stiff joints and inflammation associated with arthritis. Due to the high concentration level, only a few drops should be added to the bathwater. Alternately, a washcloth that has been dipped into a small amount of tea tree oil mixed with grape seed oil may be used to massage stiff, aching joints.
Adding a few drops of this oil to bathwater can also help relieve the discomfort of bladder infections according to some health experts. Tea tree oil contains a natural antiseptic and is often used for purification purposes. When released into a warm tub of bathwater, the microbial properties will be absorbed into the skin.
When suffering from fatigue or sluggishness due to toxins in the system, soaking in a tea tree oil bath may help purify the body. Some people believe that it draws out toxins from the bloodstream. Users often claim that such a bath has a revitalizing, yet relaxing, effect.
Children and adults suffering from mild forms of chicken pox may benefit from taking a warm bath with a few drops of the oil, which can soothe outbreaks of itchy and burning blisters. Patients should soak in the warm water for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
Individuals suffering from coughs due to colds or bronchitis may find relief from chest congestion by adding several drops of tea tree oil to bathwater and soaking for 15 minutes. The vapors from the essential oils may break up nasal congestion as well. It should be noted that, if fever is present, a medical professional should be consulted before using tea tree oils.
Individuals who suffer from occasional flare ups of gout may find that soaking in tea tree oil baths brings them relief. The essential oils are helpful for controlling painful swelling and redness. A mixture of tea tree and jojoba oil may be massaged directly into the affected area may be even more effective.